The Afafanto Scholarship Fund is a tribute to Leah’s work and heartfelt belief that women in Ghana deserve more and that education at the grassroots level, is the best way to impact the lives of women for generations. A lack of representation by women in decision making is a cause Leah began to work on at the end of her too brief life. She authored a well received paper sponsored by the World Bank entitled “Getting Good Government for Women: A Literature Review. She was in the process of developing a proposal entitled “Women Empowerment for Improved Quality of Life (WEIL)” with the Larabanga Area Council. She felt that providing an education beyond the primary level to a young girl in impoverished circumstances would go a long way to making a difference to that young girl. She knew that gaining literacy is often not an option for females in Northern Africa, given the male dominance which rates female’s ability to reproduce as the most important means by which women attain social and economic security for themselves. Not having other options, women in rural farms end up doing most of the hard work in the house like carrying heavy loads of fire wood or hauling water for long distances.
Nicholas D. Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn write in a New York Times Magazine Article dated August 23, 2009 that “The oppression of women worldwide is the human rights cause of our times.” The easiest way to get involved is to donate. Please visit our Donate page to make a contribution to the Afafanto Scholarship Fund.
Another way to get involved is to be a mentor. We are looking for people to offer guidance, wisdom, and support to the young women during their sojourn in school and beyond. You need only to have access to a cell phone which will accommodate international calling and/or email. If you would like to become a mentor, please contact The Afafanto Scholarship Fund.