For the Greater Good Across the Globe

Women and children in Ghana are often stuck in a cycle of poverty, a problem that perpetuates through second and third generations of children living on the street. When Callie Brauel (B.S.B.A. ’09) first arrived in Ghana along with a fellow exchange student, she quickly grew disheartened by children’s stories of survival, and resolved to help. Callie, with the support of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Launching the Venture program, developed A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN) to help homeless young women by empowering them to create products made from plastic bags littering the streets. And it’s a program that’s making an impact.

“My favorite part of the week is Skyping with the program’s director and our girls in Ghana — seeing that the work we are doing is having a huge impact on so many lives across the ocean makes it all worthwhile,” Callie said.

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