What I love about ABAN is the honest commitment to the women, children and community - above all else. They believe that every person has inherent value and they nurture an environment to continually assess, learn and innovate for high-quality, effective programs. Programs that are strengths based and focuses on the root of the issues -- no band-aids here!
ABAN is an absolutely wonderful global organization that I am delighted to work with as a member of the Board of Directors. My support flows from my admiration of the three young people who created this organization as college students. They observed two twin areas of neglect- environmental waste and marginalized street girls and decided to do something about it. They combined great compassion and shrewd business acumen and created a nonprofit that six years later provides life skills and business skills training to single mothers while simultaneously recycling sanitized plastic waste into a full line of beautiful and practical products that are sold on line and in stores. The original founders have recruited a talented team of young US and Ghanians college graduates and interns to continue to build the organization. These young adults are so inspiring. I am encouraged to find young people who have many options coming out of college who have chosen to serve others. They deserve support. What they have done is bold and uncommon. This has been recognized by a broad swath of private donors, academic recognition and corporate support.
Millions of girls and women in developing countries face enormous challenge in securing education and status. Their empowerment will be a major global challenge for decades. While ABAN does not have the influence of the Gates Foundation or the Clinton Foundation to impact the lives of millions---it does have the capacity to impact the lives of hundreds through employment in it's community economic enterprise and empowerment programs for Mothers and their children. It has the opportunity to be model of excellence in Ghana and West Africa. It can do this- it should do this and I am confident it will do this.
My work with ABAN and the young men and women who, in some cases, have put their lives on hold to help make a difference in the lives of young women in Ghana has been inspiring to me. I am so encouraged by these recent college graduates who saw a problem and realized that they could be a part of the solution. These are the type of young people who should be celebrated in the news rather than our shallow focus on celebrity.
ABAN seeks to empower young women and especially young mothers by teaching them life skills, parenting skills and vocational skills so that these young women can be productive citizens and role models in their own communities. The young women are taught how basic business skills so that they can be entrepreneurs if they desire. Then they are taught specific skills based on the careers they would like to pursue. To help make all this possible, ABAN employs community workers to produce beautiful hand-batiked products lined with plastic water sachets that have been recovered and recycled from the streets.
The vision by recent college graduates to use an environmentally friendly product lining and to provide steady employment for members of the neighboring community as well as training opportunities for women who had no means to support a child is so amazing to me. That's why I volunteer as a board member for ABAN. I love the mission and I love working with incredibly bright and committed young people.
Please check out the website at www.aban.org to learn more about our story, view and purchase our product offerings and donate if you are moved to do so. You will love ABAN too!!
How can I make a difference in the lives of SO MANY people in need: I can begin by helping one.
How can I help clean up our world which has become so polluted: I can begin by simply recycling.
Purchasing the amazing products from ABAN helps me accomplish both of these goals with a happy heart. ABAN is the avenue by which young women and their children in Ghana will obtain an education, and empower them to lead self-sufficient, productive lives within their community. The products ABAN makes incorporate discarded water sachets (plastic bags which litter the streets as trash). I have been so pleased with my product purchases from ABAN; they are unique, well made, and fashionable. Helping empower these young women with my product purchases has brought me great joy! I encourage you to read their story, and make an investment in the lives of others. Visit their website at ABAN.org
ABAN represents what we should look for in any international organization...building a sustainable and independent business model abroad. They educate, they empower and they inspire entrepreneurship. Not to mention, their products are beautiful. They continue making bags with new colors, patterns and styles. Support their cause and you are helping women, the environment, ending the cycle of poverty, promoting education AND MORE! Love them
A Ban Against Neglect is an incredible non-profit that provides educations for women and children in Ghana. This non-profit combines environmental issues with educational ones, encompassing various issues into one. This organization is incredibly kind and hard-working, a small group is making a big difference.
A Ban Against Neglect, or ABAN, was founded by 3 college students (2 American and 1 Ghanaian) while studying at the University of Accra, Ghana Africa. The founders saw the need to find solutions to 2 problems; plastic litter waste and young mothers living on the street. This organization strives to help young women build lives of purpose and dignity, while also helping to solve an environmental issue . I have watched this organization develop from its humble beginnings, as it has grown and flourished into the respectable and life-changing organization it is today. I am not only impressed by the beauty and usefulness of the products, (all of which use recycled water bags) but also the many lives that are being touched and changed through ABAN's programs. This is a wonderful non-profit with heart. Check out their website, read their story and be inspired! www.aban.org
ABAN is a wonderful and needed organization that was started by amazing young people. Their beautiful, well made products provide a education, skills and jobs for young women in Ghana, recycle the water sachets that litter that country and are functional and useful for the people who purchase them to help support the mission. It is a win-win-win situation. The dedication of the volunteers and staff have made an amazing difference in the lives of these young women and their children. My interactions with all the young people involved in the organization give me hope that our world will be in good hands in the future.