Strengthened by the nutritious daily meals they eat at the Food for People (FFP) facility, student athletes from the small town of Otinibi, Ghana recently qualified to compete at the highest level of elementary school sports in the country for the first time ever.
“The meals have transformed and emboldened these students, giving them stamina and empowerment,” says Alex Wiredu, a reporter for The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) who has been observing how FFP has changed Otinibi for the last six years. “Thank you to Prem Rawat, TPRF, all of the donors and everybody in Ghana and around the world who have helped changed the destiny of these children.”
The August 12 tournament marked an extraordinary turnaround for the Otinibi community, where students had suffered from such malnourishment that they weren’t able to participate in competitive sports until FFP opened its doors in 2012. Since then, student athletes from the Otinibi Basic School and neighbouring Aisha Bint Khalifa School have been earning a reputation for excellence at local sporting events. Their mounting success caught the attention of scouts, and 12 students from the schools were invited to join the Greater Accra regional team at the national event in the city of Koforidua.
Despite rainy conditions, Otinibi athletes were happy to compete with vigour in netball, volleyball, handball, and running events, making their supporters back home proud.
A range of students, coaches, and parents credited the FFP service for making their participation possible. The program has also received accolades for improving community health, increasing school enrolment and achievement, and boosting the local economy.
This article is also available on The Prem Rawat Foundation website.