Goals: By 2026 Pillars of Change will renovate Sokode Ando JHS entire school campus.
Description: We are slowly cultivating a modern school environment for every student to feel
comfortable. We want the students to have more than enough as it pertains to resources, school
supplies, equipment, and technology.
First: JHS Library. We want to create a space where students can grab books to read on their
spare time and even for assignments by their teachers. The school library should provide a safe
haven for all students to think, create, share, and grow.
1. Building a bookshelf so the students can take and return books in order for the other
students to enjoy them as well
2. Collecting books through donations, local bookstores, and libraries
Date of completion: Friday, January 3, 2020
The Crowned Gems Project
Many girls in poorer socioeconomic environments often use reusable sanitary cloths. Unfortunately, some girls are not afforded even that privilege. Instead, young girls do not have the opportunity to gain access to a clean piece of sanitary cloth. Living on the streets means they are forced to have their menses for 5-7 days on themselves, with no means to clean their bodies. Even worse, these women face menstrual cramp pains with no access to medicine or healthcare facilities to help them cope. In Ghana, menstrual hygiene remains a topic that is seen as taboo. There is a misconception surrounding a woman’s menses as repulsive and unclean. It is time to eliminate that narrative and start a much-needed discussion on fixing menstrual hygiene.
The Crowned Gems Project sought to impact young girls in Ghana about their imperative need for physical, emotional, and social development. We educated our Gems about menstrual hygiene while equipping our Gems with the tools they needed to make them feel empowered and unashamed about their growing bodies.The Crowned Gems Project organized educational workshops that promoted age appropriate conversations to young teens about menstrual hygiene, body image, self-esteem issues, reproductive health, teen pregnancy, and abstinence. In addition to our educational workshops, this project provided each girl with a Crowned Gem Kit that included: sanitary pads, cleansing soaps, towels, deodorant, hand sanitizers, shaving sticks, and over the counter medicine for menstrual cramps.
The young girls of Ghana are Crowned Gems that should be protected and treated with dignity. The changes and growth that our bodies undergo should not be seen as a burden, but as a beautiful transition, like diamonds and rubies.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”