My friend Lizzy sells Koko porridge at the roadside in Bolgatanga, Ghana
every morning. She is a single mother supporting her young daughter
Agnes (3 years). She wakes up at 3 am every morning to prepare one drum
full of Koko, and when it is empty, goes to the market to buy millet,
groundnuts, ingredients and firewood for the next day of sales. Lizzy
saves her profit for each day in her bank account. The deposits per day
vary between 0.40 and 0.60 CAN. School children are the biggest
customers, and they spend an average of 0.17 CAN on their morning meal.
One day she is determined that her daughter will be among them.
The economic and social rights that entitle Lizzy and her daughter to wider horizons should be fulfilled. Engineers have a role to play. We can create positive social change by choosing to get involved in international issues.