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Ghana Pilot Project Update

The onsite team of Carlos Sanvee,Ian Green, Paul Custer, Koby Addae, Esperanza Monsalve and Bill Stewart had a very busy but productive week in Accra assisting staff and volunteers examine property development options.

A draft report was left with the board and staff outlining proposed next steps,including governance considerations,potential partnerships, and processes to consider.

A good first step in what we all hope will be a success “highest and best use” outcome.


Paul C 9-2014 photo

Thanks to the support of the NY YMCA and The Greater Toronto YMCA a team of staff is headed to Accra on Nov 6th to initiate the WUN/WAY property development pilot project. Joining Paul is Esperanza  Monsalve, Manager International Programs,Ian Green, Special Advisor to WAY General Secretary, Carlos Sanvee, General Secretary African Alliance, a representative from EMC-Real Estate and myself.

The goal is to provide Kwabena Nketia Addae, Executive Director with experienced advice on best to develop a 8 acre site in Accra which will result in the most economic and social benefit for the community and the YMCA. Results of this initiative to help inform the WAY strategy for Asset Development adopted at Estes Park World Council.

Diversity in Leadership

Hello Everyone;

I am attempting to locate programs or initiatives that demonstrate the YMCAs ability to transform communities because of the people enlisted to lead.These could be staff, volunteers,other NGOs etc.

Let me know if you can help and contact Bill Stewart at ceo@ymcawun.net