Sauliha is a first-year student at the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine, and Co-Founder of Yayra-Si Youth Foundation (YSYF), an NGO working to amplify the rights of women and youth in Ghana for economic, educational and health development. YSYF operates under a critical and anti-oppressive lens by striving to implement sustainable solutions, allowing Indigenous voices to lead, and building the capacity of its partners. As part of its Retelling Health Campaign, funded by the UofT COVID-19 Student Engagement Award, YSYF installed hands-free hand washing stations for 2,300 rural dwellers in Ghana, supported local businesses in sewing and distributing 500 non-medical masks, and trained 40 women in the production of liquid soap. They also launched the Doryumu Diaries, a series of short stories of hope told by community members to foster an empathetic, global community.
You can find the Yayara-Si Youth Foundation here.
This interview is part of our Covid-19 Speaker Series, which highlights the work of University of Toronto students who were recipients of the COVID-19 Student Engagement Award. The COVID-19 Student Engagement Award provided financial support to University of Toronto students developing innovative projects that have contributed to the response to the COVID-19 crisis.
This series was envisioned by and carried out by Iram Iram, Ajla Behri, Feroza Tareen, and Ebube Umeano, student staff in our Leadership and Co-Curricular Record team, with some editing assistance from Jonathan Collaton, the regular host of The Meeting Place.