Ms. Chloe Elinam Mawuenyega, 15, a form 5 student of SOS-Herman Gmeiner International College, raised GHS12,000 to support the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana through a car washing fundraiser. The charitable community service initiative was part of requirements for all Year-5 students of the college, who are expected to explore an area of personal interest where students could impact outcomes.

Speaking at the giving event in Accra, Ms. Mawuenyega said:

“it has always been in my interest to support persons living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in their treatment, and so when the opportunity came, I decided to raise some funds for the Foundation to support such people. I am glad my school gave me this opportunity.”

Ms. Mawuenyega expressed appreciation to her family and friends who supported her to raise the donated funds. In thanking contributors, She singled out Silver Star Auto Limited for also contributing to the initiative.

Business Manager at Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana Mrs. Gifty Jecty received the cheque and thanked Ms. Mawuenyega and SOS-Herman Gmeiner International College for the support. Mrs. Jecty appealed to philanthropic individuals and organizations in Ghana to support the activities of the Foundation and help give hope to persons living with Sickle Cell Disease. She underlined the expansion of newborn screening for Sickle Cell Disease and the importance of supporting newborns and their families.

“Newborn Screening ensures diagnosed babies receive appropriate healthcare which includes twice-daily penicillin, comprehensive care, and parental counseling and education. Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease saves lives.”

Mrs. Gifty Jecty, Business Manager at Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana

The Principal of SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College Mrs. Eliz Dadson explained the school’s philosophy embraced internalism in its broadest sense, a commitment to uplife Africa and active service to the community…

“Its educational mission [i.e., the schools] is holistic in nature, aiming to develop all students into confident adults capable of facing the challenges of a fast-changing world, by inculcating in them critical and analytical abilities, which will equip them to become compassionate thinkers who are aware of their common humanity, with a belief and pride in themselves as Africans.”

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana is an nonprofit organization with the mission to support the development of resources and services to improve the health and quality of life of people with Sickle Cell Disease and related conditions. The organization serves as an agency of Ghana’s Ministry of Health and as Program Managers of the National Newborn Screening Program for Sickle Cell Disease.