Obiageli Ukadike '12SM is Making Ghanian Elementary Schools Accessible

July 10, 2015

Obiageli Ukadike '12SM co-founded the WaWa Project to help disabled Ghanian children have a sustainable future.

Article first appeared in Spring 2015 SOM Management Magazine

I am one of three co-founders of the WaWa Project, an organization devoted to providing children with disabilities access to education and training to give them a sustainable future. We are operating in Ghana, West Africa, a country where the World Health Organization estimates about two million people are living with disabilities, and where stigma against those challenged with disabilities remains strong. 

The way we do this is by renovating existing elementary and secondary schools to be handicap accessible. After renovating the physical space, we assist in getting children with disabilities back into inclusive classrooms and develop curriculum to help change misperceptions about people with disabilities. Our project was awarded a seed grant of $10,000 from the Simmons Silverman Business Plan Competition in 2012. This year our goal is to raise $50,000 to help complete the renovations to our school near Accra, Ghana.

Read complete article from Spring 2015 Simmons SOM Management Magazine