Dominic Apraku is the former Youth Empowerment Through Sports Coordinator from Project Africa's efforts in Ghana. He submitted the following reflection on how the Israel Idonije Foundation and Mr. Idonije himself have impacted his life.
I want to take this opportunity to announce my new appointment with Actionaid International Ghana as the District Coordinator for Complementary Basic Education in Tain district of Ghana. All of this happened because of the five key social and emotional life skills Israel Idonije and his foundation taught us. I owe him a lot and will keep the Team IIF spirit wherever I go.
Izzy and Team IIF have been the backbone of my career opportunities. When I met Team IIF, I learned a selfless, dedicated service, love, commitment and service to God and humanity. Team IIF taught me the five social and emotional life skills. Most important was learning to setting a life goal and steps to achieving it. These things I have learned have made me a counselor among my peers and pushed me hard to my 2030 goal of becoming the Voice of the World for Peace and Stability as the UN SEC GEN-2030 17 years from now. Whenever I think of Israel Idonije and Team IIF, I see myself as someone who owes my community and the world a lot. If someone like Izzy who is very popular and busy can find time to serve his country and the rest of the world for me in Ghana to benefit, then I have more to do. IIF for me is not just organization but a MINISTRY that God wants to transform lives in Africa and the rest of the world.
In my district, my team is working to bring 500 out of school children between the ages of 8 and 14 to school after nine months of Complementary Basic Education classes and reintegrate them into formal schools. Izzy had taught me that community development is service to humanity with care and love.
Thank you so much for helping to make life a better place for all. TEAMIIF, Together We Succeed!