Striving to create opportunities for children from underprivileged backgrounds
The STL-Amandi Foundation (SAF) is a Ghanaian registered non-profit organization that has been set up by the STL Group and its dedicated employees to support and promote the education, health and welfare of the children in our communities. One of STL Group's core business areas is in construction (Amandi) and we use our knowledge and assets to help reconstruct schools and medical centers for the towns and villages in which we work.
SAF has delivered many education, health and welfare-related projects. Here is a snapshot of what we have achieved:
- Providing assistance and medical treatment for individuals in need.
- Funding a mobile clinic that provides healthcare services in areas with no access to hospitals.
- Building and renovating schools with structures that were hazardous for the children attending them.
- Allocating resources to grants, sponsorships and donations for computer equipment, libraries and all other educational resources required.
For the past few years, SAF has focused its attention on improving the provision of public schools for underprivileged Ghanaian children. These schools are often underfunded.
We give of ourselves
Amandi – the construction arm of STL Group – is responsible for renovating these public schools. Initially, our work is focused on schools in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and schools along the coastline. Over time, we intend to expand our school renovation project into other areas of the country.
In addition to improving the fabric of the school buildings, STL Group's dedicated employees give some of their time each week through the SAF program to support the children who attend these schools. This voluntary work provides extra-curriculum help with language, reading, music, art, photography and other areas in which our staff have knowledge to impart. Our enthusiastic volunteers have been known to bring in musicians and painters to visit the children and encourage their creativity. We always remember to have fun!
The continuous joy of giving back
Technology is the great enabler and SuperTech is delighted to be in a position to exploit it in order to to enhance the educational and employment prospects of the children in our schools. We now sponsor a computer science technical qualification that provides some of our pupils with a scholarship to attend university. Subsequently, these students pay back their college fee by working for STL Group and volunteering in turn so that the next generation of children benefits from the new talent.
Whilst we are proud of our endeavors, we cannot afford to be complacent about our achievements – there is still so much to do. Primary school enrollment levels and staff retention, particularly in rural areas, continue to be a cause for concern at one end of the education spectrum, with high levels of youth unemployment at the other. STL Group cannot resolve all of Ghana’s education and employment challenges singlehandedly, but we are determined to improve our children’s future through continuing our extra curriculum supplement to the standard syllabus and enhancing the infrastructure in which learning takes place.