Improving nutrition, reducing poverty and creating jobs in Ghana

Amy Fedele • 6 January 2020

Sr. Stephany uses her skills to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty.

In rural Ordorme, Northern Ghana, living in extreme poverty is the norm. Malnutrition, low literacy rates and a lack of jobs plague this forgotten community, void of any assistance from the government or NGOs. But they do have Sr. Stephany Ayomah, Sisters of Mary Immaculate. She and one other Sister also live there, dedicated to improving conditions and serving the poor.

Sr. Stephany is not your ordinary accountant. An alumna of ASEC’s Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program, she also learned how to implement and oversee multiple human development projects.

She leads a women’s group where she teaches income-generating skills such as farming and soap-making. She renovated her congregation’s bakery, creating jobs and providing the community with healthy food. She also raised funds to drill a borehole and build a lab at the health clinic where she works. Now, Sr. Stephany has plans for a nutritional unit at the clinic, where severely malnourished mothers and children could be admitted until they are healthy.

Sr. Stephany says that her ASEC education has changed her life in so many ways. And in turn, she wants to change the lives of others.

Many Sisters in Africa are the sole source of hope for the communities they serve. But, when you educate a Sister, it creates a ripple effect; As a result, her education will benefit hundreds of people in need.

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