Last spring Ashley Townes (CECH ’10; MPH, CECH, ’12) took part in Dream Africa Volunteer Service’s HIV/AIDS Awareness and Care program, which seeks to foster awareness about HIV/AIDS through free training programs for high schools in the rural communities of the Volta Region of Ghana.
The University of Cincinnati graduate experienced the Ghana culture and says she enjoyed seeing the agricultural lifestyle and the wildlife that lived among the people she encountered. She observed the Ghana home life and family traditions as compared to ours.
“Ghanaians cook meals at home, enjoy time with one another and embrace the idea of community much more than I've seen in America. It keeps them close to one another, their beliefs and cultural customs,” Townes said.
The most fulfilling part of her trip?
“Spreading the love of God through me and my passion for health education,” Townes said.
"We have a lot of alumni doing great things all around the world," said Marcus Bethay II, president of UC Alumni Association’s African American Alumni Affiliate (4A). "4A thanks Ashley for representing what UC alumni are all about."