Christa Nyameye Agyemang, CARISCA’s web administrator, is an example of the optimism and talent in Ghana and on CARISCA’s team.
“CARISCA has taught me a lot,” said Agyemang. “It’s taught me how to work hard, and I’ve really picked up a can-do spirit.”
She is also enthusiastic about CARISCA’s potential.
“I’m really excited about CARISCA’s work. We are only in the middle of our second year as a project, and I think there is so much more we can do in the years to come. I am proud to be part of CARISCA because the Centre will help women and girls know that there are opportunities for them beyond basic education.
Agyemang also has big plans for herself as she follows her passion for helping her fellow Ghanaians, especially children and individuals with special needs.
“One day, I want to open a school that gives people opportunities that they would not have otherwise based on their family’s income or their disability. Right now, there are not a lot of options for people in these situations in Ghana.”
Agyemang was inspired at a young age by the work of Kofi Annan, a Ghanian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps and work for the United Nations, ideally with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
“I’m not easily swayed by distractions or fleeting ideas of success. Success, to me, is achieving my goals with a fulfilled heart,” she said.
Born in Germany, Agyemang spent four years in the United Kingdom while her father studied for his PhD. Her family relocated to Ghana when her father became a professor of environmental management in the Northern Region of Ghana. Her mother, an interior designer, started and runs a business out of their home.
“I’ve always felt inspired, encouraged, and supported by my parents. You have to make your parents proud; they’ve invested so much,” Agyemang said, “they’ve always made me know that there is nothing I can’t do.”