Ebella Whajah Ellis is a Visionary and Founder of Girls With Purpose Foundation – a non-profit organisation focused on helping Ghanaian young girls discover their individual identity, and creative gifts by developing qualities that will help them become leaders and contributing members of society. She describes herself as a Financial Advisor, Girl Child Advocate for Mathematics and Science, Motivation and Mindset Mentor. In this interview with Alaba Ayinuola, Ebella spoke about her strong passion for motivation and at her leisure time mentor and train the youth most especially the girl child on Financial Education and Mindset building. Excerpt.
Alaba: Tell us about your Foundtion, “Girls with Purpose” and the gap its feeling?
Ebella: We are dedicated to providing positive mentorship, community interaction and recreational activities that inspires self-confidence, build self-esteem, friendships, nutritional health and integrity in the hearts of our girls.
The purpose of our foundation is to help young girls discover their individual identity, and creative gifts by developing qualities that will help them become leaders and contributing members of society.
Gaps: We believe lack of rule models and adult influences can negatively impact the self-esteem of young girls. As a result, to help curtail these issues, Girls With Purpose Foundation, was established as a solution to the need for Mentorship among girls in the community and to address the challenges most girls face.
Alaba: How are you funding this initiative?
Ebella: By myself only, from my monthly salary.
Alaba: How does your organisation measure the impact?
Ebella: A lot of mentorship and empowerment programmes are organized in the area of EDUCATION, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENURSIP. We have mentored over thousand young women, who gives us positive feedbacks.
Our organization also tackles inequality by supporting women and young girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering them to step up as leaders of change. We have donated over 500 educational items (Pens, Pencils, Erasers, Sharpeners, Mathematical sets etc) to final year basic students sitting for their final examination in the Northern part of Ghana. This was greatly appreciated by the students since most of them couldn’t afford it.
Alaba: What are the challenges and how are you overcoming them?
Ebella: The biggest challenge is lack of funds, since the only resort is my salary. Getting sponsorship and support for our projects is very difficult. For instance, this year we were looking to reach as many girls as possible through operation “SAVE OUR GIRLS OUTREACH(SOGO)” Programme, but only about three hundred school girls (between ages 9 to 15years) have been reached. We want to be able to reach out to many girls as much as possible but not only those in the cities but rural and deprived areas as well. We really need help as much as possible so no girl is left out, whether far or near.
Alaba: What inspires you and keeps you going?
Ebella: The fact that I know that someone has learnt from me positivity, skill sets that will influence them in a good way, create strong self –esteem and build their future.
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Alaba: What advice would you give to potential social entrepreneurs who intend to start an initiative or invest in Africa.
Ebella: Your limitation- Its only your imagination. Anyone can go as humanly far as they want in life.
Social Entrepreneurs play crucial roles in development projects, often mobilizing, organizing and building projects that otherwise would never have launched. I would encourage potentials to join the cause of motivating, inspiring, empowering, educating, training etc
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Alaba: What’s the Future for Girls With purpose and what steps are you taking in achieving them?
Ebella: Girls With Purpose(GWP) will be the most preferred go to hub for passionate devotion in mentoring the girl child/ young women to find purpose in life, standout and succeed.
We are keeping an active social media account, since due to the wide spread of technology and digitalization many more girls can be reached and will enable them reach us with very pressing needs and issues. We don’t want them to feel lonely but have someone to discuss and find solutions to their problems. This will intend require donations, volunteering and other forms of support from companies and individuals in positions to assist.
We will also be travelling to places especially rural areas who will need a lot of our support. We need to encourage girls in such remote areas to aim high and that they have potential and can make it.
Alaba: How do you relax and what books do you read?
Ebella: I relax by keeping my phones away from me and working out in the gym relaxes me. The last book I read is THE BOLD NEW NORMAL by Lucy Quist So I would say I read a lot more inspirational books.
Alaba: Teach us one of your home language. Whats your favorite local dish and holiday spot in Africa
Ebella: Akwaaba- meaning you are welcome! My favorite local dish is Fufu and Palmnut Soup. And Aqua- Safari in Ada is my favorite holiday spot in Africa.
Her short Bio:
Ramat Ebella Whajah Ellis is a Seasoned Banker with a considerable level of experience in Banking. She has such experience in Cash Management, Branch Operations, Sales and Marketing, Business Advisory, Relationship Management, Team lead, Customer Service, Credit and Risk Analysis etc. She is currently a Branch Manager in one of the Banks in Ghana
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Finance as well as Charter/Professional Qualification in Financial Planning.
She is the Visionary and Founder of Girls With Purpose Foundation. She has a strong passion for motivation and at her leisure time, she like to mentor and train the youth on Financial Education and Mindset building.
In short, she describes herself as a Financial Advisor, Girl Child Advocate for Mathematics and Science, Motivation and Mindset Mentor. Research, reading, travelling with my family and offering support where she can be, are what she does in her spare time
She does live by the saying “YES YOU CAN!”