What's In A Name? PepsiCorps Team Member Reflects on the Inspiring Youth of Ghana

Dec 13, 2011 3:30 PM ET

What's In A Name?

There are many beautiful things about Ghana, from the warm people to the picturesque landscape to the rich traditions.  One other little known item is the beautiful names.  Sure, there are more familiar names like David, Mary, and Thomas.  However, I’ve noticed some other gorgeous names, like Freedom, Prosper, Wisdom, Bright, Promise and Shine.  There are even some great team names, but a little more on that later.  Not only are these names pleasant to the ear, they are also symbolic reminders of the importance of increasing access to clean water.  This is especially fitting when I hear these names among the school children we have interacted with during our PepsiCorps trip.

Our 4 person sub-team, called Etsi Pepsi (Etsi means water in the local language), made great strides in advancing clean water initiatives in the Ketu South District this week.  We leveraged all our PepsiCo career experiences to develop training materials and train two Water Boards in the District.  These Water Boards are responsible for managing the systems that deliver safe water to over 20 communities.  The Boards are mostly made up of volunteers who have great love for their communities.  Many of the members have natural leadership abilities.   To continue reading about the PepsiCorps team’s experience in Ghana, click here.      About PepsiCo 
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