Your Name: Eugene Elikem Tornyeavah
What do you do?: I am a Co-Founder and Managing Director
What's the name of your organization: CLITH
Where is your organization located?: Dome, Accra
How did you start your organization?: I started a group of young experts for change and development online while I was still studying in India. Experiences and further associations with similar groups in the diaspora led to starting a meet-up here in Accra on my return home. On one of those occasions, I was reunited with two high school friends who showed the zeal and will to affect the society positively with the experiences they have gathered. The conversation started and we ended up starting CLITH, a health based NGO championing Goal #3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through health screenings, health education, health clubs, counseling, private consultations and health partnerships.
Tell us a bit more about your organization: CLITH is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization which carries out health screenings, health education and promotion, private consultations, student engagement and health clubs in high schools, counseling services and health partnerships mainly in rural Ghana and target communities and corporate bodies
How did your education and previous experiences help you to become what you are today?: My education has been really instrumental in getting where I am today. I trained as a General Nurse from the College of Nursing in Ho between 2008 and 2011. I took a scholarship to study Applied Psychology (Clinical) in the University of Delhi in 2012.
During my three year stay in India, I had the opportunity to interact with several diplomats from other African Nations, government officials, former heads of states and ministers of state. I was also a part of a world movement of change and innovation consisting of people from several countries across the various continents and has also attended seminars and conferences for empowerment and entrepreneurship. With the vast experience, my strongest skill was making others smile and keeping hope alive for the next generation. CLITH today is able to garner several skills and services from renowned professionals to help and educate rural folks on health. We have come this far because of years of commitment to education and response to stimuli in our environments.
Is there anything else you are working on at this time?: Aside from managing CLITH, I work with Comboni Hospital in Sogakope as a day job.
How do you define success?: Success to me is the ability to positively affect lives in the communities we live in. Everytime I put a smile on someone's face, I feel successful. Success is simply making an impact in someone else's life.
If you had to start your career/organization over again, what would you do differently?: Ermm, that will be hard to say! I believe nothing takes off on top gear. They say the only thing bigger than a great idea is the team that builds it. I have a zealous, motivated and industrious team beside me who are working steadily for the realization of our objectives. If I could change something, I would wish we had started this earlier in time.
What are the top qualities you would require in someone who wants to work with/for you?: Professionalism, Dedicated service, Compassion, Attention to details, Empathy, Trust and Loyalty.
What advice would you give to students, young professionals and aspiring change makers/entrepreneurs?: The journey is tough but it doesn't happen in one day. With determination and eyes on the goal, success is just a matter of time. Don't be discouraged by small beginnings, the time for entrepreneurship is now!
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