Delve into the Essence of Our Mission,
Our Journey,
and the People Who Drive
Our Cause


Jennifer Scantlebury's story

My name is Jennifer Maria Scantlebury and I was born in Manchester in the UK. I’m a proud mother of 2 son’s and 2 grandchildren and I consider my legacy to be my greatest achievement. My previous work experience has been with the Manchester City Council Education Department and over the last 25 years, my career was dominated by the work I did with families & children of all ages and with a specific focus on supporting young people throughout their journey in education. A wealth of experience has been gained from the Educational & Social Care sectors – working primarily with families in a community setting.The next step in my journey involves taking all the knowledge & skills I've acquired from my experience and applying them to help support the development of under-resourced medical facilities here in Ghana. My passion for this country started when I would visit my older sister every year to experience all the beauty this country & continent have to offer and decided that when she passed away in 2017, I would continue the great work she started as I believe that this work needs to be done for the people and I am willing to do what is required to make a positive difference.


Sandra Scantlebury, my drive

William Shakespeare wrote in his play, As You Like It, that "all the world's stage and all the men and women are mere players. To many people who have chosen to follow their stars by traveling and working in other countries, this saying remains today as it was back then.Sandra Scantlebury, the first Ms Black Manchester UK, came to Ghana as a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) volunteer from Manchester UK in 2006. When she realized she had a talent that the people of the Upper West Region needed, she decided to abandon her lifelong luxury in the UK to help with community development and livelihood support.Since then, the development specialist and art enthusiast has been in the Upper West Region working as a voluntary worker for Jacob's Well, which donates medical supplies to hospitals in the northern part of Ghana. The charity also receives tractors, computers, and other essential items from the UK, which are used to support farmers and groups of women in the Upper West Region.

Although she is always caught up with development work, the British-born Barbadian still makes some time to pursue her entertainment interests."As a young person growing up in England, I always said I wanted to come back home to Africa and work with disadvantageous groups, especially women and children. Once I came to the Upper West Region, the love of the people... how they embraced me and made me feel like a daughter coming home... the whole experience has just become my feel for life", she said excitedly.Sandra launched her career in modeling in the UK with Model Team International. Jet Set. She has also won the Miss Barbados UK and Miss Unique UK pageants at different times and was a finalist for Miss Black Manchester.It may now appear that Sandra has been grounded by her field work in communities in Nadowli and its surrounding villages, but before then, she had clocked five years of traveling the world and working as an air hostess for NOVAIR and Airtours International Airline in the UK.Whenever the first Miss Black Manchester UK is able to steal some time off her busy schedule, she models, organizes fashion shows, or contributes to fashion magazines. What better way to bring her experience as a beauty queen bear to the Upper West Region than by organizing Face of Upper West and Face of Wa Polytechnic in 2009 and the UDS Miss Elequence in 2010?

The region, with its growing population of students from the Wa Polytechnic and the University of Development Studies (UDS), needed this break in entertainment, and Sandra was there to organize these events and train the contestants.Talking to me about how she spent her time away from her work, she disclosed, I tend to read a lot of African history literature and watch DVDs sent to me by friends from the UK about Africa because I live in Africa and want to learn so much more about our  challenges...I do a lot of extracurricular activities.Also, because of my modeling background, I have trained a lot of young girls in catwalking, pageantry, project design, and community-level initiatives that they can use as their projects for the pageant. I've offered training for the Face of Wa Polytechnic, the Face of UDS, and the Face of Tertiary Ghana's Most Beautiful. I trained Gifty Ofori for Miss Universe Ghana, and she actually won the pageant in 2012 and went to Las Vegas.I also recently worked with the National Youth Authority to design a fashion show for dressmakers, tailors, hairdressers, make-up artists, and stage designers to promote vocational education in the Upper West Region.

As one of five VSO volunteers sent to the Nadowli district in the Upper West Region, Sandra had an emotional experience when she first arrived. She was the only dark-skinned volunteer among the group and could easily pass one of her inhabitants, but her accent gave her away. As some curious lads observed the volunteers at a community gathering, an elder pointed to Sandra and said to a child in Dagaare, "Look, she's Nadowli Mma." The child then walked up to her and yelled "Nadowli Mma," and Sandra embraced the boy. Since then, everyone in the community has called her Nadowli Mma', meaning Mother of Nadowli.Both of my parents are from Barbados in the Caribbean, and my father migrated to the UK and brought the family there. Although we grew up in the UK, we always knew there was a place called home, and we have a very strong connection with Africa. My family has been very supportive of me being here because they know that I'm not only fulfilling a personal dream and passion, but it's also a family connection. My sisters are very particular that their children will grow knowing that there is another place called home so they are not brainwashed by the negative images of Africa", she said.

As part of her extracurricular activities, the arts enthusiast has modeled for Da Viva Textiles, which is marketed by Oh Yes Fashion Magazine. Again, she served as a freelance creative director for Agoo Magazine and has been a panel judge for Ghana Fashion Nite Out model casting. From all indications, Sandra Scantlebury has done a lot of work for communities in the Upper West Region. Clearly, her busy schedule hasn't stopped her from venturing into the creative industry of fashion and event management. When asked how she copes, she simply beamed with a smile and uttered, "A lot of my free time is taken up with extracurricular activities because I'm not married and I don't have any children, so my time is very free. My NGO work doesn't feel like work because it's fun and, by God's grace, we achieve very good results.Concluding the interview, Sandra said the one thing she'd love to do that she has not done yet is set up an education fund to support school children in the Upper West Region.-Rudolph H. Asumda,



The main aim of the Sandra Scantlebury Memorial Foundation, is to empower communities and enable them to have a better understanding of health issues via a Well-Being Clinic. My sister always strived to make the world a better place and I have a decided to dedicate myself to continuing the work she started - to help as many people as possible improve their situation. This dream begins with helping to improve the physical well-being of the people in the Gomoa Achaise Community.


Our Volunteers

Meet the incredible individuals who drive our mission
through their selfless dedication and passion.