“Crossing the border in search of a better life, be that a job, escaping conflict, or for any other number of reasons is a common tale told in the West African country of Ghana. Educating local youth on the (albeit few) resources available to them, not to mention the dangers of illegal crossings, was James Asumah’s previous means of youth empowerment.
Asumah’s immediate success in leading the YSYF team is no accident. And the work doesn’t stop here. He has big ideas for YSYF. “In three years, all women in Doryumu [will be] participating in vocational training.” YSYF’s main focus is on women and girls. Asumah is concerned for “…young women who are forced into marriage because of financial trouble,” and wishes “for ladies to become their own selves, to become good parents”, and “not to rely on men.”