Written by Rebecka Calderwood, Photographed by Susanna Avery-Lynch

The Glona Healthcare and Vocational Academy in Ghana is helping to reduce illiteracy and child poverty among children in destitute living situations. Photographer Susanna Avery Lynch was sent overseas, away from her comfortable New York lifestyle, to Ghana where she discovered not the need to feel sorry for these children, but the urge to be inspired by them.

Children in Ghana’s capital, Accra, who are too poor to go to school can attend the Glona-run academy for free. Many of the students that attend Glona’s academy are still working to make money to help feed their families. Glona, through this academy, has been able to provide healthcare advice and education to almost 400 under-privileged peoples in the community.

“Photographer Susanna Avery Lynch was sent overseas, away from her comfortable New York lifestyle, to Ghana where she discovered not the need to feel sorry for these children, but the urge to be inspired by them.”

Glona is run by matriarch Ms. Lydia who, in the early days, relied on the support of her own children to help teach other impoverished children because she, like many of the kids she helps, left school at an early age. Ms. Lydia and her entire academy staff says they hope to keep the momentum alive. Glona plans to raise money to construct homes for under-privileged families, start a discussion about women’s equality in Ghana, eradicate child labour and abuse, and raise funds to provide primary school aged children with free education.

About the Photographer: Susanna Avery Lynch says she has always been drawn to Africa and the idea of offering her help to the resilient people there. She has been taking on photography jobs since the age of 15, but made the leap to become a full-time photographer five years ago. She describes photography more like her main passion in life rather than just a job, and while she loves to photograph places all around the world she also likes to find the epic in the everyday.

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