DEPUTY INCHARGE OF DISABILITY WELFARE
Edward Konlan Yennukon, holds Bachelor of Education (Psychology and Foundation of Education Science) from the University of Cape Coast . Life offered him its best till the 11th day of November, 2000 when he fell sick and was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, (a staphylococcus infection of the bone) at the Baptist Medical Centre (BMC) in Nalerigu. Unfortunately, the condition crucified his soul, attenuated his body and permanently deformed his left leg as if it was not curable. In effect, the deformity resulted into his physical disability at the age of fourteen years (14yrs) As a Registered member of the Ghana Society Of the Physically Disabled (G.S.P.D) coupled with his education , Edward has come to realize that, He owed it a duty to provide information to Persons living With Different Abilities (PWDAs) which hitherto was known as Persons living With Disabilities (PWDs) on issues that adversely impact their human rights. Not even the ugly history alone, but in our contemporary days, people have either ignorantly or knowingly stereotyped and subjected PWDAs to long held misguided prejudice, discrimination and various forms of abuse. This ugly status quo must not remain unchallenged because disability is everybody's lot anytime, anywhere! As a devout believer of "Ability beyond Disability", he is very passionate in speaking and writing to promote, protect and defend the fundamental human rights of PWDAs. At Rural Smile Foundation, Edward Konlan will be assisting in the designing of support systems to put Smile on the faces of persons living with disability within his jurisdiction and beyond because, we demand nothing short of equal treatment, equal access and equal opportunities for Persons living With Different Abilities.
MENTORSHIP AND FUNDRAISING OFFICER
Baafi is an undergraduate student at Cornell University, USA. He is passionate about educational achievement disparities and women’s health. At Rural Smile Foundation, Kelvin will be mentoring students of all levels as to finding passion-driven educational mandates and making use of educational opportunities in and outside of Ghana. He aims to indulge students into social entrepreneurship and community service projects as well. He will also be facilitating for funds to supports projects at Rural Smile Foundation.
DEPUTY INCHARGE OF GIRLS AND WOMEN WELFARE
IDAYA is a product of T.I Amass ,Kumasi and currently pursuing Bsc. Computer Science at the Ashesi university in Ghana 🇬🇭 . She is passionate and interested in making girl child education more accessible especially those in the rural areas. She always believe education is the tool with which a girl child or a woman can empower herself and eventually her family as well as the world . To her , promoting girl child education is not only necessary but also vital and urgent. At Rural Smile Foundation , Idaya will be assisting in promoting girls education through mentorship and scholarship (teaching)
Lilian Sebastian Tigalyoma former graduate of Tumaini University in Dar es Salaam Tanzania (2012-2015) and studied B.A in Human Resource Management.
From 2015-2016 she worked as a HR assistant in the Vice President's office in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
In 2017 - 2018 she was sent by the Catholic church in Tanzania(Rulenge Diocese) to go in Germany and do the Voluntary work in a Youth Centre called Struwwelpeter in Kronach( Bamberg Diocese Germany), during this year she developed her passion and wanted to do something for people with disabilities, therefore, in 2019 she decides to do another B.A in social works but specialized in people with disabilities.
She is incharge of Monitoring and Evaluation at Rural Smile Foundation. Lilian is working to assist in providing her expertise to reporting and giving expert recommendations on the work we do to assist persons with disability
Former graduate of Kwame Nkrumah of Science and Technology (2009-2013) studied Bsc. Chemistry Trained by ETi Fire Systems worked as a sub-contractor with HFS systems Ltd as a fire suppression systems technician on the Kinross Chirano Gold mine site.
Now a private with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers of the British Army.
As Assistant Project Supervisor , he assist in ensuring all our projects are well coordinated , funds raised and used judiciously.
Executive Director of Rural Smile
Abubakar Saddique Ahmed has passion for community development since his school days at the KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY where he studied Bsc. Actuarial Science . Due to the love for community development, he established Rural Smile Foundation in 2017 to champion the cause of children education, women economic empowerment and also support for persons with disability. He is a Mathematics teacher at the Senior High School with the Ghana Education Service. He believes that, to change the world, our communities must embrace education and invest heavily in the running of the affairs of education.
Deputy Executive Director
Yahya is a final year year at the Kwame Nkrumah University’s of Science and Technology studyiing BSc. Agribusiness Management. As a Mastercard Foundation Scholar and the President for Agribusiness Students Associations of Ghana - KNUST, he believes in volunteerism, service to humanity and giving back to society. He also likes traveling, swimming and discussing productive ideas. As Deputy Executive Director in charge of Mentorship and Literacy promotion , he works to design solutions that goes a long way to impact on rural school children.
Nana Yaa Agyeiwaa Kodie ,is the QueenMother of Kasei at Ejura in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Due to her passion for the welfare of women and girls in her community, she founded the Okodie Care Foundation to support the education of girls and empowerment of women . She has the can do spirit and strongly believes that nothing is impossible in this world. At Rural Smile Foundation, she is part of the few board of advisors that work so hard to support the smooth running of the activities and programs of the organization.
Carlos Agyemang Osei completed the University of Ghana Legon in 2012 where he studied BA Political Science with Psychology (First Class Honours). Carlos is a Project Supervisor for Rural Smile Foundation and he is enthusiastic about undertaking projects in rural development, health and sanitation. Additionally, he is passionate about environmental politics and sustainable eco-system, climate change as well as agriculture, energy and food security. He seeks to undertake projects that will effectively help meet the interlocking challenges inherent in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and development in Ghana and a rapidly changing world. He believes political, social and economic development in sub-saharan Africa can be achieved only through mental re-orientation and sacrifice of its leaders and people.
Head of I.T
Ahmed Mohammed is currently a Senior Disaster Control Officer (SDCO) in charge of Monitoring, Information & Training (MIT) with National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).
A member in good standing of International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) both organization located in the United States of America.
Also, he is currently the Ashanti Regional Scout Program Commissioner and a former Program Development Commissioner for International Scout & Guide Fellowship (ISGF).
A Senior Marketing Consultant at High Technology Solutions / Auto Diagnosis & Key Programming.
A Former National Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Personality and Human Relations (P.H.R.).
A Former I.C.T Instructor at Al-Azhariya Senior High School.
He loves meeting new friends and always lend helping hand towards Destitutes & Orphans.