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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Meet RAINS Cohort 11!

Hello, my name is Holly Walton and I am from Hull in the UK. I am the UK team leader for the RAINS project and this is my second cohort. In 2014 I was a general participant on the ICS programme. I'm working with RAINS because it has women’s rights and education at its heart - two issues I see as central to modern global development. I've learnt a lot about myself whilst in Ghana - the culture here makes you feel much more connected to people.
My favourite quote is something that I need to constantly remind myself -“Patience moves mountains" 

Hi, I am Abdul-Wadudu Adam Mohammed and I am from Janga in the Northern Region of Ghana. I have training as a development planner and I am currently a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. I am also the in-country team leader for the RAINS project. I came to ICS because I believe in creating a decent life for all. I expect to improve my ability to work and lead a diverse and cross-cultural team. I also hope to contribute to promoting sustainable community development.

My favourite quote is: "It is not the number of years in your life but the number of lives in your years" - Martin Luther King Jr

Hi, I'm Paisley and I'm from Hong Kong. I'm currently living in London studying sociology at London South Bank University. I decided to do the ICS programme because I am passionate about volunteering and helping others. From this programme I hope to develop my skills further by going into communities and educating the people about sexual health. I hope when I return to the UK I will take what I have learnt here and make a difference in my own community. In the future I hope to join the United Nations and help with the issue of human trafficking.

My favourite quote is: "Live life to the fullest, no regrets"

Hello, my name is A.Sowa Samuel (aka Therapi) and I am originally from Cape Coast in the central region of Ghana. I studied purchasing and supply at the Koforidua Polytechnic. I love to learn more from others and understand other cultural diversities and religions hence why I joined the ICS programme. I like to challenge myself to achieve great things.

My favourite quote is: "The mind is everything, what you think you become" – Buddha

My name is Renée Nyako. I am from Essex and I have just completed my undergraduate degree. From my experiences with ICS, I hope to gain more knowledge of how NGOs work in developing countries and their impacts in society.

My favourite quote is: "We know what we are but not what we may be” – Shakespeare

My name is Victor Nantari. I come from Wa in the Upper West Region of Ghana but I reside in Tamale in the Northern Region. I am currently in my final year at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Development Planning. I joined ICS to contribute my quota to sexual development as well as develop my career for the future. My experience so far has been very amazing and I really enjoy every bit of the programme. 

My favourite quote is: "I was searching for truth in God, only to find God in truth." - Ghandi 

Hi, my name is Patricia Ayamga from Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region of Ghana. I studied Real Estate at the University for Development Studies. Currently I am volunteering for ICS - RAINS because I have the passion for community development and ICS stands for that, especially empowering young teenagers and women's rights. I hope that at the end of the programme I will be able to save quite a number of teenagers from unwanted pregnancies, school drop outs and STIs. We will do this by spreading the news of sexual and reproductive health by encouraging the use of contraceptives. I also want to improve my interpersonal relationships. 

My favourite quote is: "Our words explain our minds. So was the son of God sent to reveal his father’s mind to the world.”

Hi, I am Dominic Offei. I am from Akuapem in the Eastern Region but currently living in Accra. I am a graduate of political science and history from the Kwame Nkrumah University of science and technology (KNUST) and a former Teaching and Research Assistant in the same department. I am passionate about human rights, international development and education, and I hope to gain an amazing experience especially working in a cross- cultural environment by joining ICS.  I expect to learn new skills and develop already acquired ones to enable me to make an impact in the lives of vulnerable people around the world. I want to pursue a career in international relations and development and therefore I think joining ICS is a good step towards this.

My favourite quote is: "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." - Stephen Grellet

Hi I am Pat, originally from Poland but living in the UK. I have previously studied journalism and media at Middlesex University in London. I decided to join the ICS programme as I believe that progress of developing countries should be a common goal and I believe it can be achieved through action. I believe in equality and human rights which should be respected and executed no matter of gender or nationality.

My favourite quote: “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe." - Gail Devers

Hi my name is James Jones and I'm from Portsmouth in the UK. I currently study law at the University of Exeter. I am doing the ICS programme because I am passionate about equality and human rights. I hope to experience a new culture and appreciate diversity. This is my first time in Africa but I know it won’t be my last. 

My favourite quote is: "Make an impact not an income"

Hi, I am Rafia Hussain and I am from a very famous village in Ghana called Lairibanga (Mole Park). I have been volunteering in different organisations for the past two years. I am very passionate about
empowering women to take opportunities for themselves. I strongly believe that the RAINS
Safe Choices campaign will help a lot of young people, especially the ladies, in teaching the right
decisions on sexual issues. I hope to gain a lot of knowledge on cross cultural-working and also get lots of empowerment myself, through learning.

My favourite quote is: “The limits one has are the limits they set for themselves.”

Hi, I’m Carys Keeble. I have just finished my first year of university at Kings College London (KCL) studying Law. I am really passionate about advancing the rights of women and so I feel RAINS ‘safe choices’ project is so important in empowering young girls by helping them stay in education and not
drop out due to pregnancy.

My favourite quote is: “Always be a first- rate version of yourself rather than a second- rate version of someone else” – Judy Garland

Hi, I am Abdulai Alhassan. I live in Gushegu, a suburb of Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana. 
completed my first degree in Political Science at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology. I am an in- country volunteer with RAINS on the ICS programme. I am very
interested in community development and I hope to understand how NGOs
work in communities to improve lives of people.

My favourite quote is:“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about          progress and prosperity for our community.”


Hi, I’m Sally Kerr. I am a Scottish university student studying media, culture and society. I want to help ICS create the essential stepping stones for sustainable development, human rights and to empower global partnerships towards achieving the millennium goals.

My favourite quote is: “In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher