Hello, folks. I am Nyanquoi, a third year International Development student (specialist) at the University of Toronto. My interest is rooted in giving women equal access to resources and a voice in the sustainable management of their environment. In a few weeks’ time, I will be in Ghana working with A Rocha as an Environmental Sustainability Officer. A Rocha is an environmental NGO that helps communities protect biodiverse and threatened habitats. I chose to contribute to the organization’s projects in rural communities in Ghana because those projects resonate with my professional interest in working with indigenous communities in the global South.
In addition to my professional interest, going back to Ghana also has a personal touch to it because the country holds a special place in my heart. Few years ago, I was in Ghana as a refugee from Liberia, and Ghanaians afforded me the opportunity to kick-start the profession I am pursuing today. Returning, therefore, to give back to the loving people of Ghana is a unique opportunity. I am especially thrilled that I will be promoting and supporting the equal participation and representation of women and youth in the sustainable use of their environment and resources.
I am grateful that the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship has made the chance of giving back to humanity possible. As May approaches, I am wondering if I am still able to handle a spicily hot okra soup with banku – a local delicacy. We will see!