I,m Shirkey Somono, VSO volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. I was assigned to build the capacity of Farmers Based Organization especially the women. I trained them on various aspects from sustainable agriculture to financial management, savings mobilization and credit management, livelihood enhancement like soap making and pomademaking and soya beans processing and the promotion of local innovations.
A volunteer is not a miracle worker but a catalyst for change that will motivate the community to work on their own to improve their lives without sacrificing our environment/nature.
I feel ashamed while people around the globe sitting around can eat more than three times but hardworking Ghanaians can't even eat two times a day. They were force to sell charcoal because the government doesn't have any livelihood alternatives for them and those working in the NGO's were the one buying their stuff. When are we going to learn?