Corpsafrica, a non-profit organisation, has sworn-in the first cohort of volunteers in Ghana, to lead small-scale and high-impact projects identified in their host communities.
The 18 volunteers, who have gone through five weeks of Pre-Service Training (PST), took the oath of service.
Speaking at the programme on Monday, Virginia Palmer, US Ambassador to Ghana, said Ghana was the first country in 1961 to welcome Peace Corps volunteers.
She said there was no question about the impact that Peace Corps volunteers have had in the country- the same spirit of volunteerism that inspired CorpsAfrica.
“I have seen first-hand the transformational power of CorpsAfrica in Malawi. How exciting to know that you now have the ability to improve livelihoods in Ghana, one community at a time. CorpsAfrica is a leading example of developing young Africans as change agents for their communities,” she added.
Liz Fanning, Founder and Executive Director of CorpsAfrica, said CorpsAfrica was proud of the volunteers as they embarked on a journey of service in their respective communities.
“These volunteers have morals that no one taught them and we hope they share it with their communities and for the whole country to benefit. Leveraging the experience to scale up across Africa, building an opportunity and a transforming experience for young Africans, we are certain that these volunteers will be a model for community development,” she said.
Moses Cofie, Country Director of CorpsAfrica Ghana, explained that the mission of CorpsAfrica resonated with leaders who had development at heart.
He added that “the experience that volunteers gain is transformative; a kind that prepares them to become respected and recognised experts for sustainable development.”
“I am still convinced we have smart, young people like these whose behaviors and attitudes can be influenced to put societies and communities above self. For change to be sustainable, it must be rooted in a mindset shift,” Mr Cofie added.
The volunteers were expected to represent CorpsAfrica in their communities of origin and act as change agents to facilitate sustainable development.
BY KINGSLEY ASARE