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Emmanuel Abebrese Teaches Future Leaders in Ghana with Davis Projects for Peace

Name: Emmanuel Abebrese

Class Year: 2015

Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia

Major(s): Biochemistry

Minors or Concentrations: Poverty and Human Capability

Opportunity and Year: Davis Projects for Peace, 2013

Project Summary: I improved the quality of education that students at The Apostolic Academy in Ashaiman receive, while transforming them into future leaders and advocates for the needs of the resource-deprived. This goal was achieved through infrastructural changes and establishing mentoring relationships with students.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? My professors, the Shepherd Program, and the courses I took at Washington and Lee University helped prepare me for this opportunity. I designed my Shepherd International Internship in Ghana last year with help from Fran Elrod, Professor Dickovick, Professor Blunch, Dr. Pickett, and Dr. Beckley. I received funding from the Holleman Fellowship Grant and the Shepherd Program to implement my project and Fran Elrod provided me with guidance while I was in Ghana. Planning my Shepherd Program internship last year and the knowledge and experience I gathered from my economics and poverty courses helped me design my Davis Project for Peace this year.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? While working with my students at The Apostolic Academy last year as part of my Shepherd internship, they kept asking whether I would return the following year. I had discovered problems at the school that I believed I could address with adequate funding, to improve my students’ quality of education. The Davis Projects for Peace Grant allowed me to test that belief and challenge myself. This project also afforded me the opportunity to work with my students again–an experience I looked forward to with earnest.

Post-graduation Plans: I want to study medicine and public health after graduating and develop strategies to deliver healthcare to resource-deprived areas worldwide.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? While working in Ghana, I volunteered with community health nurses and established relationships with doctors, local chiefs in resource-deprived areas, medical researchers, heads of schools, missionaries, and experts in construction, transportation and legal services. I also started a non-profit to address child poverty in marginalized communities. I plan on building a network to incorporate all these entities’ skills, experience and resources towards improving healthcare and education for under-privileged children in Ghana. I am also working with residents of the Global Service House and GenDev here at W&L to design and implement programs to achieve this goal.

Extracurricular Involvement:

BBB Biological Honor Society, Employee at Office of Student Health and Counseling & Student Health Center, SAIL, American Chemical Society, Gates Millennium Scholars Club, Quest Scholars Club.

Off-campus Experience:

Volunteer at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Tutor for Rockbridge County Youth Literacy Program, and Media Team member at Life Chapel.

Research Experience:

Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research– Immunology Department, Ghana; NASPA Field Research on Schistosomiasis– Azizanya, Ghana; Role of Kisspeptin in Rodent Pregnancy– Washington and Lee University.

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