Awiapo recently spoke to Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, CA. Photo: Antonia Ehlers

Awiapo recently spoke to Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, CA. Photo: Antonia Ehlers

New school in his Ghana town changed life for CSUEB alumnus

  • March 12, 2010 11:00am

SF Examiner recently published a story on Cal State East Bay alumnus, Thomas Awiapo, "Catholic Relief Services speaker shares gripping story about life in Ghana."

In the article, it states that life changed for Thomas Awiapo the day Catholic Relief Services built a school in his small town in Ghana. He decided to attend school only for the snacks, but came to realize that the only way to escape extreme poverty is through education.  Thomas excelled in school and went on to receive a college scholarship in the United States. Later, he received a Master’s Degree in administration from California State University, East Bay.

Today, Thomas lives in Ghana with his wife and four children and works for Catholic Relief Services as a keynote speaker. He travels to more than 100 schools in the United States to help children understand the harrowing realities of malnutrition and poverty.  His charisma captivates audiences and his gripping story actually changes the way in which people think about world hunger.

Thomas’ rural village in Ghana has changed dramatically since Catholic Relief Services stepped in to help years ago. Today, girls attend school. Farms have been developed to provide meals for school children. Water has been sanitized to prevent serious diseases. 

--Kimberly Legocki

California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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