#ThriveWorldwide2019 - Elizabeth Patterson, Founder of Girls Education Initiative of Ghana

Written by
Whitney Bailey
Written by
Whitney Bailey

“For three years GEIG has participated in Ablethrive’s #ThriveWorldwide campaign. Aligned with Ablethrive’s mission and vision, GEIG advocates for inclusive education in the US and Ghana. In doing so we advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities or special needs in society at large. Through our participation in the annual #ThriveWorldwide campaign, we highlight the abilities in disabilities,” says Elizabeth Patterson, founder, and executive director of Girls Education Initiative of Ghana

Check out Elizabeth’s interview about Thrive Worldwide 2019 below and see what she has planned for this year’s event!

Elizabeth and student

How did you find out about Ablethrive.com and #ThriveWorldwide?

I participated in the #ThisisHowI campaign and when Thrive Worldwide started, my organization was given the opportunity to partner. 

 If this isn’t your first meetup, what brings you back to this campaign to participate again?

I believe in showing the ability of people with disabilities.

Why did you decide to be a #ThriveWorldWide host?

I want to give an African perspective on disability and inclusion.

Which partner organization are you representing? (If applicable)

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, GEIG.

What does it mean to live life to the fullest?

To not see my limitations as limiting.

Thrive Worldwide Meet-up Details

Here’s what Elizabeth has planned for her meet-up in her own words: 

“For the 2019 day of persons with disabilities the Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, GEIG will visit and spend the day with the young adults of Klicks Africa Foundation. The  Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, GEIG has a mission to provide academic and financial support for girls including applicants with special needs or disabilities so they can access higher education and professional opportunities. 

About Klicks Africa Foundation: Klicks Africa Foundation comes in timely to offer the necessary skills needed to face the challenges of raising children with Autism and other Intellectual Disabilities.

Klicks runs an intensive Vocational Training and Resource Centre for youths with special needs, to impact them with Self – help skills, guidance in building up their social skills as well as emotional support to them and their families.”\


#ThriveWorldwide is a global campaign on December 3rd, the International Day of People with Disabilities. We host meet-ups around the world to bring people together to celebrate living life to the fullest. Join us by posting a photo of you with the hashtag #ThriveWorldwide or contact us if you'd like to host a meet-up of your own!

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