James Kofi Annan
Recently I have signed an agreement with Reach for Change, a Swedish based international organization partnering with Tigo to support change leaders in Africa. After a series of rigorous application and interview process, yours truly was selected as one of the two winners of the award – the other winner being the newly wedded Dr. Peter Kwarteng of Tamale Teaching Hospital.
Please permit me, if you will, to congratulate Dr. Kwarteng on starting his marriage life recently – a journey I began some nine years ago. Also please permit me to congratulate myself on winning this award. This award comes with a substantial financial reward – something I’m very pleased with. But it also comes with a huge responsibility of remaining more effective in my chosen field of helping to change the lives of many more children affected by child labour, child neglect and low education.
My work with my organisation Challenging Heights has come a long way – beginning officially in 2005 while I was still an officer of Barclays Bank, and remaining steadfast despite all the challenges of mounting limited resources, and community deprivation. The support from Tigo Reach for Change is therefore very crucial for me to define my own milestones.
So this year 2013, and with this support, I’m expected to help change the lives of 2,000 children between the ages of 4 and 17. Included in this number should be 150 children who would have been rescued from slavery, and who would have been rehabilitated through my effort, and who should have been successfully reintegrated with their families. Additionally, I should be able to add three more Community Child Protection Committees (CCPCs) to bring the total to 15, and help improve the lives of 300 mothers whose children I would have helped, in addition to enjoying the financial benefits that has come from Reach for Change. Finally my work should scale to two new districts, and conduct 35 outreach programs in 35 communities while blogging and twitting along!
Now you see why I chose Challenging Heights as my title for this blog?
I left for Liberia, to attend the UN High Level Panel meeting, almost immediately after signing the agreement. I came back a few days after and headed straight to Lake Volta where I rescue children, engaged in series of meetings with my team and members of the communities.
Currently I’m writing this blog from my hotel room in Delhi, India.
Why? Because all the targets I have set for myself require raising of my personal profile, the profile of my organization, Challenging Heights, in order that this could result in bringing resources to achieve my goals.
Ok. So in the next 12 months, I will like you to expect me to tell you what progress I’m making in my life, and in the life of Challenging Heights, since winning the award. I will not overwhelm you with all the details, but I will make sure you are feeling proud to be associated with Tigo. I will make sure you feel proud to know Reach for Change, and I will make sure that you are happy to have allowed me to serve you.
This is my promise to you; unless technology fails me, I will make sure I write for your reading pleasure, at least once each week, and please kindly note that I will know if you did not read my piece!
But I also expect you to work – give me a feedback if you are happy with my blog, and tell me where it sucks!