Your Name: Elizabeth Kukua Danso
What do you do?: I am a Founder & President
What's the name of your organization?: PaceWorld Foundation
Where is your organization located or headquatered?: Adenta, Accra
How did you get started in your field?: It's something I've yearned to do from childhood. You don't lose anything from helping a fellow human being. I feel privileged every single day of my life as I was fortunate to be driven to school rather than walk to school though it was quite a distance.
On a fateful day, I happened to have witnessed a little child get knocked down by a car on her way to school. Honestly, it bothered me the rest of the week. I was privileged and that was the word. I had seen many kids walking on the streets and grew up in an area where education wasn't the top priority.
At the age of 18, instead of having a birthday party, I decided to wait till July to visit an orphanage for the first time. I got envelopes done and started raising funds. I wept during my first project because it was an eye opener. The struggles those children were going through was disheartening. By September, I had registered Paceworld as an NGO and since then it has become a part of me.
Tell us a bit more about your organization: So far, we have had five projects done. Two at Nation Builders (Eastern region), Teshie Orphanage (Greater Accra), New Life Int. (Central region) and Volta Home (Volta Region). With these projects, we find out what these orphanages are in dire need of...
We supply stationery, clothes, food items and cash to each of the orphanages and also deal with the issues they tend to have. We have made a little library for one, supplied mattresses and bought roofing sheets. We have a student on our scholarship fund and hope to get more sponsors to add more students to it.
How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: Giving has always been a part of me. I've watched my parents give even when they didn't have enough and that's something that has made me who I am. Selflessness when it comes to humanity is key. In terms of education, what I do urges me to go on to encourage another child. I've struggled through school and know how it feels to be belittled; hence, I fight through it to encourage any child that I come across during my projects.
Is there anything else you are working on at this time?: Yes! Something that is dear to my heart! I’m working on a new project, 'BAG TO SCHOOL'. It's a way of giving back to the less privileged society. We have so many communities in Ghana where children still use rice sacks to school and this worries me. We can't solve every problem in a day, so we have decided to take it one day at a time. We are making as many school bags as possible with stationery to supply to these communities.
This project entails a health screening, evangelism and fun games. We want to eradicate poverty in Ghana and so we have to start from somewhere. The future goal for this project is to build libraries, schools and sponsor children through school.
How do you define success?: Success to me, isn't about the money you are earning, it’s more of the impact you are making, lives that you are changing and smiles you are placing on the faces of people. I'm always fulfilled when I see the children smile - that to me is success. Seeing beyond the ordinary, to make a change no matter who and where you are in life.
If you had to start your career/organization over again, what would you do differently?: Honestly, I don't think I would do anything different. I have learnt a lot within these few years of my journey. The rough roads have taught me to stay strong and prayerful, and the smooth ones have taught me to be grateful. I wouldn't do anything differently.
What are the top qualities you would require in someone who wants to work with/for you?: Be God-fearing, Passionate, Respectful, Kind and Loyal.
What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring changemakers/entrepreneurs?: I'm young but very ambitious. I’m a student, a blogger and founder of PWF. It’s not an easy road but you fall and get up because you know where you are going; you know your aims and aspirations. Don't feel you are too young to do anything. No! People will talk, people will criticize but do you! And no matter what, GOD should be first in all you do. Build your relationship with HIM and rely on HIM. Human beings will fail you but God is the ultimate. Seems I’m preaching so I will stop here :) but check my blog www.lizakuks.com to be inspired. Don't forget to stand out and not fit in!
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