Ghana has close to 8,000 suicide deaths per year due to increasingly high rates of depression. This is one of the leading causes of death amongst 15-29 year olds. With limited access to basic necessities and educational opportunities -
God’s Movement International (GMi) envisions a Ghanaian society in which young people are inspired and empowered to contribute meaningfully towards its development. GMi’s mission is to empower youths through film, performing arts, and international exchange programs, while also creating a platform for them to contribute to building a better society by engaging them in development projects with a prime focus on health, education and the environment.
This coming summer, GMi USA (the organization's US chapter), in partnership with Ripple Effect 22, will be sending a team of volunteers to Benyadze and Bronyibima, two impoverished communities in Ghana’s Central region, as part of GMI USA's global initiative called Ripple Effect Initiative. RE22 is a faith-based, youth-centered mentoring program, providing career focused mentorship that bridges the gap between uncertainty and discovering their God-given purpose, through hands-on projects, education counseling, and skills training. These programs encourage youth and young adults to be the catalyst of change and growth in their communities.
GMI USA has already begun visiting local communities, schools, and churches to ensure buy-in by the local community and to lay the groundwork for the Ripple Effect Initiative Project. The Ripple Effect Initiative includes an international exchange program between students in Ghana and the USA so that students from both countries share learning experiences and form friendships that will inspire the youth to overcome challenges in their lives, whether mental or physical. The experiences of the students and community members from both countries (USA and Ghana) will be filmed, in order to combat hopelessness by using the art of film to produce healing. GMI USA has already captured and prepared encouraging and relatable stories from youth in the US and in Ghana from previous trips to show the youth in Ghana that they are not alone in their struggles. The positive impact of the friendships and the act of storytelling will be amplified by the formal mentorship program of RE22. Students will also be involved in projects that will help develop their local communities and schools. Charitable donations will be delivered to meet specific needs in the project schools and communities.
Through your support, you can help GMI USA give youth in Ghana hope and empower them to be drivers of change in their communities!