BY RAMSON ACQUAH-HAYFORD
1BILLION AFRICA, a civil society organisation whose aim is to challenge young people to act on the problems they see in their communities and turn them into projects, on Saturday began the second phase of their ‘Tech2Orphans’ programme at Potter’s Village Palace, an orphanage in Dodowa.
The initiative, which is aimed at empowering and developing capabilities in Information Technology among orphanages, saw 20 participants from the orphanage nominated to be trained in the areas of basics of computer coding, programming, web designing, introduction to Google tools, social media and blogging.
Mr Prince Adu Appiah, founder and Chief Executive Officer of 1Billion Africa, in an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE during the event, stated that “the main vision of this project is to identify certain orphanages, select candidates to train and give them employable skills that would enable them to create their businesses through entrepreneurship.”
He added that the project is focused on education and skills development. “We are in our first five stages of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); no poverty, zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, quality education and women empowerment, so we are focusing on these areas for the next few years.”
Speaking at the launch was the Founder and President of Potter’s Village, Dr Mrs Jane Irina Adu, who mentioned that “this project means a lot to me and my team. We have always been praying to the Lord for him to provide us with a more pragmatic way of unearthing the talents in these young princes and princesses. It is a blessing that 1Billion Africa chose Potter’s Village.”
She then advised the candidates to give their outmost dedication to the training they would be receiving so as to benefit them, their family and society.
About 1Billion Africa
1 Billion Africa is a civil society organisation incorporated in Ghana, West Africa. Their business model is one of community development targeted at solving the many challenges that exist in society.
The methodology for development that the organisation has adapted involves using a problem-solving approach by devising a particular project to solve community problems. The approach is also targeted at addressing some of the 17 internationally accepted SDGs.
To be effective in their objective, 1Billion Africa undertakes projects by ensuring that every intervention needed for solving a problem is undertaken in order to reduce or totally eliminate challenges that existed, either in the short or long-term.
The mission is to turn the “1Billion” problems in Africa into “1Billion” projects and solutions, to empower and to create opportunities for deprived Africans.