The Board Members of SCEF.
Educationist, Sociologist, Developmentalist
Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu is an educationist, sociologist, developmentalist and a social entrepreneur. After obtaining his first degree in Ghana, he went to Austria and studied for his Masters and Phd at the University of Innsbruck where he later lectured for 15 years. He created modules in intercultural communication at the University of Krems an der Donau also in Austria, where he facilitated Intercultural Management courses.
Dr Bitugu is an expert in development through sport which uses the strength and power of sport to address development and other societal issues. One of the first black referees in Austria and the first in Tyrol, Dr. Bitugu is involved in issues of racism, globalisation and development.
He also initiates designs and implements projects to address all forms of discrimination and violence in football and sports. He was until April 2012 the European coordinator of Sport for Development projects with FairPlay at the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation.
He was a member of the board of directors of Football Against Racism in Europe until 2011 and still serves on the International Sport Platform Board of George Mason University in the USA. He served as the Ghanaian Fan Ambassador to the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany and received the Fair Play Prize on behalf of the fans for his work at the World Cup. During EURO 2008 hosted by Austria and Switzerland, he was the fan embassy coordinator in Innsbruck. In 2010 in Austria, he coordinated the activities of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa leading to him being awarded the Culture Prize of the City of Innsbruck 2010 and shared the Austrian State Prize for his initiatives during the FIFA World Cup 2010 under the theme Ke Nako. He has consulted for numerous organisations in many European and African countries.
Dr. Bitugu has a passion for positive Change and so decided to return home and joined the process of Change going on in his home country. Thus from April 2012 to August 2013, Dr. Bitugu served as the country manager of Right To Play Ghana, a family of Right To Play International which is the biggest sport for development organisation in the world operating in more than 20 countries.
Since October, 2013 Dr Bitugu is the Director of the Sports Directorate of the University of Ghana, Legon.
Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy
I want to be a voice advocating for children and human rights and justice by creating a movement to make the world a better place for people of all races, colours, nationalities and form.
Paul Semeh is a Charismatic Leader, Child Rights Activist, Community Development Expert, a Passionate Public Speaker, Paralegal and the Founder/Executive Director of SCEF.
During his post-graduate service, he discovered that large numbers of street and vulnerable children wanted an education, but couldn’t afford the cost of “free” public schooling. This brewed in him an unshakeable purpose and dream, to create a Foundation to provide sustainable improvements in the lives of street and vulnerable children, their families and other relevant stakeholders. With no money and no form of sustained donor support or awards, he has kept the vision, mobilised funds through ‘personalized grassroots’ support and led SCEF from a “single man” Foundation to a full fledge Foundation registered in Ghana, United States of America (USA), Germany and Finland. SCEF now has an active 7 member board of trustees, 13 full time paid staff, 13 honorary overseas staff and several volunteers. SCEF is currently worth approximately GHS216,000.00 ($60,000.00), developed a 2 year strategic plan with its accompanying action plan, budget and fundraising plan. The Foundation is currently strengthening partnerships with local and international organisations, government agencies and other relevant stakeholders to achieve a future where all children (especially street and vulnerable children) regardless of their disparities have equal opportunities in reaching their fullest potential.
He is conversant with advanced research techniques and methodologies for community development; and believes strongly that, initiatives for empowerment and poverty alleviation should be rooted in the communities, to be able to effectively empower them. This then, led him to introduce the micro-enterprise/microfinance to the parents of beneficiaries of our scholarship recipients in the community he now serves. This has been a remarkable success in which the parents learn a skill or a trade, and also understand the values of savings.
Paul is currently representing SCEF on a Multi-Stakeholders Consulting workshop for UNICEF Ghana/International Bureau for Children’s Rights on a project aimed at writing the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Ghana Police Service aim at “Integrating Child-Friendly Policing into the Ghana Police Service”. He is also representing SCEF on a Multi-Stakeholders Consulting Workshop for Right To Play Ghana/Ministry of Defence, Canada on a project “Play for the Advancement of Quality Education (PAQE)”. This project seeks to integrate play based methodologies to ensure behavioural change, improve teaching, increase enrolment and child protection in the government schools and for out of school children. The consulting workshop participants are made up of Ghana Education Service (GES) staff, teachers and other relevant stakeholders like SCEF that are serving children.
He is a practising social scientist and has a Bachelor in ‘Sociology and Philosophy’ from University of Legon, Ghana in 2010. He is a financial and investment analyst with a certificate from the Ghana Stock Exchange Securities Courses in finance, investment analysis and securities. He is also a paralegal and has a certificate in basic laws on children, domestic violence, inheritance, mediation, terminologies in law and other relevant laws governing social work and children. He is a passionate public speaker and trainer with certification in Adult training, Presentation Skills, Management and Setting up of an NGO with Junior Chamber International University.
His excellent writing and speech presentation skills steered him to write a desktop research on state of social work interventions and volunteerism in Ghana. This research was voted the best lecture delivered at the International Week of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland Feb, 2012. His knowledge and skill training in the various courses led him to make a research and wrote “The Learning Hub” project which won a grant of over GBP50,0000.00 for the construction of community learning centre for street and vulnerable children of James Town and Accra. He also made a research on the topic “Helping Africa to Help Itself: Aid or Cooperation”. This research was delivered as a lecture in Finland to honour an invitation of the Finnish Foreign Ministry on a project “Frame Your Thoughts”. The lecture received a resounding audience and has since been uploaded to YouTube.
His charismatic leadership, enthusiasm, dedication, responsibility, management skills and principles has brought him to the centre stage and gained him recognition here in Ghana and abroad. He is a Semi-Finalist of the Atlas Corps Fellowship. He is a finalist of MTN Ghana Heroes for Change, 2015.
Master’s Degree in Teaching and Divinity
Rev. Frances Elaine Brown has been working with SCEF for the past three years. She came from the Kansas City are of the United States 8 years ago as a volunteer, representing Fostering Hope International as their co-founder and director. Three years ago she came to SCEF as a volunteer, and then became part of the staff. She currently is Program Coordinator for Social Services, Implementation, and Volunteers. She also leads the Read Right program, assisting Ghanaian children in Primary 1 and 2 to learn the basics of reading.
Elaine graduated from Missouri Valley College with a BS in Elementary Education, from UMKC with a specialty in Early Childhood, and from Central Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity, with an emphasis on pastoral care. She taught Head Start in Independence, Missouri and then before taking an early retirement worked as a chaplain with Hospice.
She had expressed her desire to work in Africa since she was 7 years old, and is so happy to be living out her dream. She especially loves to see when a child first begins to understand how to read, and to watch as the world opens up for them.
Elaine has two children. Kelly is married to Rick and they have 4 children, and Chris is married and has 3 children. She enjoys talking to her grandchildren frequently on Skype and staying in touch through face book and other social media.
Born on 16th December, 1981, Benjamin Akyena Brantuo is a native of Akuapim Akropong in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He grew up with his mother in New-Achimota, Mile 7, where he had his basic education in New-Achimota Presby Primary / JSS before proceeding to Abuakwa State College, also in the Eastern Region for his Secondary School Education.
Standing with the underprivileged in society has come at a great cost to his person and family. Not only has it taken him thirteen (13) years to complete a four (4) year degree program with the University of Ghana but he was detained for sixteen (16) days at the CID headquarters and had his student residence and other academic rights striped off him because the government at the time took a rather critical stance on his protestations against exploitative, and inimical government policies on education and the restrictions on academic freedoms.
Nonetheless, Akyena Brantuo has no regrets standing with the underprivileged, for he was one of them. He grew up without a father; his industrious illiterate mother had to struggle through menial labor to fend for him and his two brothers. It was not until an unusual age of nine (9) that he stepped into a school for the first time to begin his primary education. Even this was possible because he had to hawk bread in the streets of Mile 7 to be able to support his education. But for the timely intervention of his step father, he would have also dropped out of school just like his elder brother.
These experiences have prepared Mr. Brantuo early in life to have a deep understanding of the plights of the underprivileged in society and have engrained in him, the needed qualities for a lifetime career as a social entrepreneur.
His NGO, Bettering Lives for Christ is committed to empowering and equipping persons living in the streets with the right tools necessary to change the quality of their lives whiles introducing them to the Christian faith. Every New Year’s Eve, Bettering Lives for Christ and her partners feed over 500 persons living in the streets.
Again, his six (6) years membership on the board of the Street Children Empowerment Foundation, an International NGO based in James Town, Accra, has helped taken hundreds of children from the streets.
Also, ‘Heroes of Our Time with Akyena Brantuo’, his weekly radio mentorship program, on Ahotor, 92.3 FM, mentors thousands of young people who, after hearing the fascinating stories of successful people – their struggles and how they overcame them, are encouraged not to give up on life and their dreams despite their present daunting challenges.
His thoughtful contributions on critical national issues on radio and in writing have given great impetus to the campaign against injustice, social inclusion, human faced public policies and many others.
Akyena Brantuo, in conclusion, is a staunch Christian with the Church of Pentecost. His role as a District Home Cells and Bible Studies Coordinator, Prayer Warrior Leader and Teacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been a great point of empowering many people and directly mentoring young Christians to grow in the faith and in life.
Graduate of Philosophy and Sociology
Jacob Sackey is an experienced teacher, a graduate of philosophy and sociology, child and animal rights activist and an active hardworking young individual.
Jacob was adjudged the best Mathematics Teacher of the whole Tain constituency in 2010. As a young graduate from University of Ghana, Legon, Jacob did his post graduate national service in one of the remotest villages in Ghana as a pupil’s teacher. Jacob has skills and experience in impacting knowledge into children from his experience as subject teacher in 2010.
Jacob has over the period exhibited diligence, drive and a high level of commitment to duty, to this effect he has obtained several recommendations from all employers he has worked for. He believes that any other person apart from himself is a customer. He is currently a staff of Vodafone Ghana and has delivered excellent customer services to over 4,000 clients.
Jacob is a “single parent” guardian of a 15 years boy and solely sponsors his education and upbringing. Jacob also has a passion for animal psychology and has trained several canine entities to pursue protection duties in an obedient way.
Jacob was part of the founding board of trustees of SCEF and has continuously rendered selfless services to children through board duties and supervision of our finances. He believes that the world will be a better place for generations to come provided children are given the needed support and empowerment to achieve their desired goals. To this end, Jacob sees it a great joy in helping children attain their goals.
BA Degree in Law and Philosophy & Political Science
Kwabena Ankamah Offei-Badu Esq graduated from the University of Ghana with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with Philosophy. He took up appointment as a Teaching Assistance at the Political Science Department during his National Service and immediately after enrolled at the Law Faculty of the University of Ghana where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB). He continued to the Ghana School of Law where he obtained his Barrister at Law (BL) Certificate.
He currently is a private legal practitioner and a member of a law firm called Otoo & Associates which is led by Hon. J Ayikoi Otoo, former Attorney General of the Republic of Ghana.
Since his days in the University till present he has taken part in various ventures and initiatives aimed at empowering disadvantaged children to realize their worth and to reach their utmost heights despite their backgrounds. Serving on the Board of SCEF is therefore a cherished opportunity.
Ms Toyin Dania is a highly adaptable and commercially focused professional with extensive experience in national and international administration, project management, training, sales and business development gained within a variety of organisations including enterprise development, telecommunications, international development and media. She has worked and travelled extensively in Ghana and Sierra-Leone.
She has experience in managing local and international projects and proven organisational and administrative skills.
She is also proficient in recruiting staff, in developing and running training programmes across a wide range of business and management topics.
She has a proven experience in managing budgets and in successfully overseeing programmes within set budgetary limits.
Ms. Dania is highly experienced in managing large and small-scale events, sourcing contributors and overseeing the range of activities and personnel involved; and also well-developed sales skills gained from an early career in sales and experienced in negotiating contracts and costs and procuring services.
Ms. Toyin Dania is currently a Project Manager with SOFTtribe Ltd; she does planning, executing and finalizing projects according to strict deadlines and within budget.
She is the Director of AFFORD Business Centre Project (ABC), a Business Support and Incubation in Sierra Leone and TD Consultancy Services Ltd, also as Business Support, Mentoring, Coaching and Training
She is also the Business Counselling and Training Manager of Wandsworth Youth Enterprise Centre (WYEC).
Street Children Empowerment Foundation