Although Ghana is rich with natural resources and has roughly twice the per-capita output of the poorer countries of West Africa, the nation relies heavily on international financial assistance. It is a democratic country and the official language is English.
"As a developing country, Ghana has many barriers to overcome," Stringer said. "According to the World Bank, 44 percent of the Ghanaian population lives on less then a dollar a day, illiteracy is high, environmental degradation is increasing and access to healthcare is low."
The Hamilton College graduate
Since graduating college, Stringer has been fundraising for the cause. She has been reaching out on a grass-roots level to the local Rotary Club, the religious community and to business leaders. Stringer would like to invite everyone to join her in this effort to make a difference in the life of a young man that will change the face of agriculture in Ghana. She has already secured a host home for him to live that is close to the school so he won't have to pay for a dorm.
"I studied at the University of Ghana during the spring semester of my junior year at Hamilton," Stringer said. "I spent the majority of my time working for Elephants on the Moon, a community center serving the largest slum in the capital city of Accra. My responsibilities included grant-writing and organizing their various educational projects for HIV/AIDS, environmental campaigns, and the 2006 Solar Eclipse in West Africa. I interviewed perspective volunteers and staff and introduced the organization to community members and city officials. As a certified English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher, I also taught local children how to read and write in English."
Meghan Stringer is the daughter of Dr. Chris and Anne Stringer of Manlius, the fourth of six children. Her late grandmother, Helen Stringer, was a nurse and her late grandfather, Dr. Sydney Stringer, both worked for Doctors with Out Borders and CARE International to provide medical assistance in Haiti, Tunisia, Malaysia and elsewhere throughout the developing world.