The Lord put a calling on my heart when I was thirteen years old. As a young African girl, I witnessed firsthand the sparse resources available to young girls and women who would have otherwise benefited from literacy. Thus, began my journey to advocate for our young girls' education, sustenance and empowerment.

I have been blessed beyond measure in carrying out my passion. My family, Church, friends and giving circle, have all been touched by the calling to support literacy and empowerment around the world. As a result of our collective passion:

  • The women of Akropong constituency in Ghana continue to benefit from self-sustaining programs.
  • The young girls at Aburi are renovating their Science laboratories.
  • Our local Women Giving Circle continues to award economic indicator grants to several non-profits in Spartanburg county.

Oh, it is such a joy to see girls from my community and beyond have additional opportunities to succeed in life. I pray that the good Lord makes me a Proverbs 31:20 woman: A woman who opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

About the Contributor

Marjorie is originally from Ghana, West Africa. She came the United States to pursue graduate studies. Marjorie and her family reside in Spartanburg, cheer for Wofford College and love their adopted hometown.