Empress Esi Amoah - Girl, 9 with a passion for helping the needy
She is only nine years old but has dedicated herself to helping the poor and the needy in society.
Empress Esi Amoah supports the needy with cash and other items in addition to undertaking projects to assist them improve on their lives.
Empress Amoah, whose dream is to become an engineer, is currently focused on giving hope to the needy wherever she finds them.
She says she developed this passion when she was younger and joined her father, Mr Kofi Amoah, a social worker, on his numerous programmes to assist individuals and families to cope with the problems they faced.
Her belief in the power of education and the importance of good health have made her concentrate largely in those areas.
She is currently undertaking a project to build nine kindergarten classrooms in the Central Tongu Municipality in the Volta Region within a three-year period.
If you think this cannot be real, would you care to know that already the first and second kindergarten classrooms have been completed? The third is at the roofing stage, while the fourth is at the lintel level.
To ensure that the inhabitants of some of the communities in the Central Tongu do not continue to share water from the stream with animals, she constructed three boreholes for the people to have access to potable water.
With the help of her partners — family, friends and companies, she has put up a building for a visually-impaired young man and his family in addition to sponsoring the young man and four others to study at various universities, including the University of Ghana, Legon; University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba.
Last year, Empress, who has an organisation known as On the Road, rescued six children who had been detained at the Children’s Ward of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital as a result of their parents’ inability to pay their medical bills.
In addition to supporting the needy, Empress undertakes road safety education programmes in schools to sensitise students on how to use the road to avoid accidents.
Asked how she was able to combine charity work with her education, she told the Junior Graphic that she visited schools and villages during the weekends and the vacation periods.
“Indeed, this has not affected my academic performance in anyway since I am always first or second in class,” she said.
“When I identify a problem I go ahead to do my best to solve it. For instance, if I realise that some children need uniforms and books, I provide them with those items,” she explained.
Empress, who was honoured recently by a non-profit organisation, Reach for Change Africa, for her passion for helping the needy, said she would use her prize money of $500 for her kindergarten projects.
She said her passion was to visit deprived communities to assist needy children, especially those in school, adding that she provided stationery, computers, uniforms and other educational materials, as well as shoes, for children depending on their specific needs.
Needy elderly people, she said, had also benefited from her activities.
She cited the Gambaga Camp in the Northern Region where she presented clothing, food and educational materials to the chief of Gambaga for the inmates and their children.
The Tizaa health facility in the Upper West Region, Accra Psychiatric Hospital, the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the Central Region and the Adidome Hospital in the Volta Region have all received various donations including diapers, sanitary pads, used clothing, detergents, tissues, surgical items and gloves from her charity.
She expressed her appreciation to her family, friends and various groups for their support and appealed to philanthropists to assist with anything that would enable her to improve on the lives of the needy in society.