Sony is the founder of Assuon Foundation Trust (AFT), he is a Communications System Engineer in the British Army. Sony grew up in a remote village of Nsueam, which epitomises the paucity of Ghanaian education. His basic education involved reading and writing on scraps of paper beneath the shade of a large tree, and during adverse weather due to a lack of any shelter, school would be cancelled. Therefore, he could only achieve his dream to become an IT engineer by migrating to the UK and persevering through difficult financial and employment challenges before finally gaining the qualifications he wanted.
Sony is proud of his Ghanaian heritage and knows how much potential can be found in the children there. His selfless nature inspired him to set up the AFT in order to give educational and employment opportunities to his fellow Ghanaians, such that they can realise their own potential and aspirations in their home country.
Currently, there are over 5200 pupils that attend school in the Nsuaem area; the pupils learn ICT without any practical experience. Over 90% of the school pupils have never used a computer before but in this 21st century, IT is given from the young stage to adult “everything is computer based” hence it is important that pupils become technologically literate so that they can function more effectively as well as become productive individuals in the community and thus contributing to the development needs of the village and the country as a whole.
The AFT aims to establish a library and an ICT center in Nsuaem and make it available to all the pupils which will help improve the standard of education there. Sony's efforts to improve the lives of others saw him receiving an award of the Deputy Commander’s Commendation, announced in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017.
Sony, the AFT and its supporters are committed to making this dream a reality and however little you can spare will be most gratefully received and put directly into the project, Thank you.