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Besa Amenuvor, director of the Ghana program, is a native of the country who was educated in the United States and served as associate director of the US Peace Corps in Ghana

Besa Amenuvor, director of the Ghana program, is a native of the country who was educated in the United States and served as associate director of the US Peace Corps in Ghana

Besa Amenuvor, director of the Ghana program, is a native of the country who was educated in the United States and served as associate director of the US Peace Corps in Ghana

Nursing Student Seeks Help For Volunteer Mission In Ghana

By Kaaren Valenta

Caption: Nursing student Michelle Robertson of Newtown needs the help of sponsors to fund her volunteer medical mission to Ghana through Cross-Cultural Solutions. -Bee Photo, Valenta

Michelle Robertson is a young woman with a mission.

The 22-year-old Newtown resident, a nursing major at Sacred Heart University, wants to go to Ghana as a Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteer for three weeks in May.

"Since I am a nursing major my placement in Ghana will focus on assisting with the medical needs of the community, most likely in a clinic setting," she said. "I have the opportunity while I am there to assist a local obstetrician, which is a major incentive for me since I am planning on becoming a nurse midwife."

Michelle did not always know that she wanted to be a midwife. During her teenage years, she floundered, trying to find herself.

"I left Newtown High School in my senior year. I think I just didn't believe in myself. I let self-denial take over," she said.

She took a sales job in a clothing store in the Danbury Mall but after a year was offered a management position. She took the high school GED (general equivalency degree) test and passed, then applied for admission to Sacred Heart University.

"I started part-time to prove myself, and became full-time last semester," she said. "I have enough credits that I'm a junior, but still a sophomore in the nursing program. I'll have a lot of extra credits when I graduate."

While she enjoyed the retail business, she said she always harbored a desire to be an obstetrician.

"I had always, always, always wanted to be there for deliveries," she said. "But I came to realize that I really wanted to be midwife. I used to want to be an obstetrician, but it is not the same relationship [with a patient] as with a midwife."

"Having a baby is the most incredible experience a woman can go through," she said. "It is the most intense and magical experience ever.

"And when it comes to nursing, it is not a career that you choose - it chooses you. There is no wondering for me know - I know," she added.

She shows the same determination about the trip to Ghana, even though the time is short and she needs to raise $3,678 to pay for it.

"I think I'll be worth so much more to my patients by experiencing this," she said. "And I'll be able to do a lot of good there."

Based in New Rochelle, N.Y., Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit organization that operates 18 programs in 11 countries with more than 250 staff members in 15 offices worldwide. Founded in 1995, it has brought more than 7,000 volunteers to countries around the world for community development projects. The organization's mission is to operate volunteer programs in partnership with community initiatives and to bring people together to work side by side, sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding.

Cross-Cultural Solutions operates in several towns in the Volta region of Ghana, the heart of the Ewe tribe. Besa Amenuvor, director of the Ghana program, is a native of the country who was educated in the United States and served as associate director of the US Peace Corps in Ghana.

In May 2003, Cross-Cultural Solutions was granted special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. An independent, registered 501©(3) nonprofit organization, it is run entirely by volunteer contributions.

"The fee for my three-week program, including all meals, bottled water, housing, travel medical insurance, and in-country transportation totals $2,423 and does not include the $1,255 flight to Ghana," Michelle said. "Cross-Cultural Solutions requires the money be paid 30 days before the trip to make sure everything will be ready for my stay, so I don't have much time."

All donations are tax deductible. Michelle asks that anyone who can help her should make a check out to Cross Cultural Solutions, but mail it to her at 62 Hanover Road, Newtown 06470. Donors can also make a secure credit card payment online at the Program Payments page on the website www.crossculturalsolutions.org, indicating that it is for Michelle Robertson's May 22 trip.

"Anyone who has any questions about the volunteer program can call me at 270-7745 or call Cross Cultural Solutions at 800-380-4777," Michelle said.

Michelle said she plans to share her experiences in Ghana with the Newtown community when she returns.

"I know this experience is bound to change my life forever," she said.

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By Latif ( on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 10:04 am: Edit Post

Dear Director,
I'm informing you of a program which will come of the off in U.S.A next year between the 21st and 25th february.It is a youth program which was recommended by one of the Organizers by name Jennet Edison and are looking for participants from this country to participate and as a friend I'm assisting her to get youth organizations from this country.You can contact the conference secretariat on this number +-1-3094229916 which is a fax number.Please do well to mention the name I've given you.or e-mail to:registry_in_ysaps2005@yahoo.com.I'm Latif

By REFLET2004ST ( on Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 4:13 pm: Edit Post

je viens de recevoir votre E-MAIL


with the friend Miss Jenet Edison.
je suis un simple visteur et personne aimant
les contacts internet et amitié et paix.
je vous souhaiterais la réussite et bonne année
je ne m'exprime pas bien en anglais,je vous écris
en français ce jour.
j'espère que Jenet Edison m'écris en français
je vais lui dire dans mon prochain méssage.
j'espère avoir une réponse de Miss Michelle
Robertosn Nursing volunter et help
mon émail: REFLET2004ST@YAHOO.FR

By zoe ( on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 5:13 am: Edit Post

Hello Madam Monica Woodgate,

We have receved invitation to the "YSAPS AND ICOCL CONFERENCES 2005" and we want more information about it.
we have got your adress with tina abraham.


By eric (216-147-152-238.globalsat.net - on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 2:26 pm: Edit Post

hi madam monica woodgate,
i saw this your invitation and i want to be part of it.please can you tell me more about it.

By Rosario Chatto Bebeth Chatto (proxy-1.cruznet.ph - on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 9:24 am: Edit Post

Dear Director/Organizers of the Feb.2006 youth conference,

I am Rosario O. Chatto from the Philippines finds interest to participate in your joint youth conference comes February, 2006. Ms. Tina Abraham, my new pen friend, had invited me to this event. Ms. Tina Abraham had known me by my nickname Bebeth Chatto.

Please send me details and more information of the said event.

Looking forward and hope that i may be considered to be one of your participants.

Thank you and more power.

Truly yours,

Rosario Chatto (Bebeth Chatto)

By nigussie demissie ( on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 8:05 am: Edit Post

I would like to thanks your organization because
your work is god .

how can i join with you?

By Anonymous ( on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 4:50 am: Edit Post

I really have a great interest on the issues you are dealling with . as a public health professional i am more concerned to it i received the invitation from tina abraham send me youe replies lplease.

By Anonymous ( on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 2:27 pm: Edit Post

i would like to know whether you are the same organisers as those organising the forthcoming combined youth conferences on Child Abuse and Racial Discrimination to be held in Orlando, Florida State and Guinea Bissau to held on 16 to 20 Jan 2006 and 24 to 28 Jan 2006 respectively. thank you.

By Anonymous ( on Friday, December 02, 2005 - 6:41 am: Edit Post

I was told about the conference by Tina Abrahams and would like to attend it could you kindly provide me with more information on it. Im 23 years old and have a Bachelor of Arts in English

By sirlorrenzo (ppptem186.ghanatel.com.gh - on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 9:41 am: Edit Post

I am a young man of 26 years of age. Who is a holder of H.N.D in Mechanical Engineering and also an artisan who builds AQUARIUMS, FOUNTAINS, SWIMMING POOLS ECT.

I would be very gald if you can allow me to work with you and also to introduce my company to you.

Thanks very much.
MOBILE NO. 233-0244-870185, TEMA GHANA

By MARWAN YEHYA AL-HURR (210-5-247-113.reverse.newskies.net - on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 4:55 am: Edit Post

hi madam monica
ill be glad to take part in ur conference in the state in the 12 may , i and a group of friends who like to help people especially the youg childern.
i heard about u from Tina abraham and i would like to attend, im 31 got an MSc. degree in pharmaceutics. i work at pharmacy college , university of baghdadf iraq.
MOBILE NO: 009647901307047 , BAGHDAD , IRAQ.

By Tianang Elie (host-216-252-254-184.leuk.ses-americom.net - on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 7:54 am: Edit Post

I have receive a message from tina abraham and I don't realy get what she is talking about

By Anonymous ( on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 10:59 am: Edit Post

I have got an invitation for the Youth meet from Tina Abraham. Is she a co-organiser? Or was ita spam?

By Anonymous ( on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 9:17 am: Edit Post

I learned about your activity through my respected pen friend Mrs Tina abraham.
I want to participate in such activities.
I need some kind of detail information about the mission, objectives etc of your organization and what will be my contribution?
I am an Ethiopian, and pharmacist and academician by profession.

By Anonymous ( on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 5:21 am: Edit Post

i recieved an invitation through a pen friend about your conference holding on 12th - 16th in USA and 19th - 23rd in guine.is this real or a scam. i am been requested to pay money for my hotel researvation on or before 20th of june 2006 is thisd real.pls reply as soon asap.

By Anonymous (exchange.uetcl.com - on Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 6:08 am: Edit Post

This US/Senegal Youth confrerence is a total fraud. Don't be tempted to part with any coin of urs. These fellas are out 2 rip you of your hard earned money.
TAR, Kampala, Uganda.

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