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President & Vice President

Dr. David Adu-Amankwah (Uncle Dave)--Founder and President of WiLI--has taught language and culture-related courses at the University of Ghana, Indiana University, Bloomington, and University of Florida, Gainesville, since 1994.

Though operations at WiLI started in February 2019, the idea to care for and support orphans and widows came in 2002, after Uncle Dave returned to Indiana University, USA, from collecting data in Ghana for his Ph.D. dissertation. He was greatly alarmed during his visit by the depth to which cultural and educational standards had fallen, coupled with the multitude of school drop-outs, unprotected orphans and widows, and unemployed Ghanaian youth. This sad picture led him to believe that it was time to do something to help put our future leaders on a sound cultural, moral, and emotional footing; and to empower virtually forgotten members of society.

It was rather pathetic to hear stories such as 50% (or more) of B.E.C.E. candidates failing the final examination, thousands of J.H.S. students dropping out of school and roaming the streets without meaningful jobs, and, the most unfortunate of all, many young Ghanaians slowly but surely losing their rich cultural heritage.

Uncle Dave and his dear wife, Queen Esther, Vice President of WiLI, have already taken care of and supported several orphans and widows, and their prayer is that the good LORD will continue to bless them and also touch the hearts of other dedicated volunteers (i.e., Soldiers of the League) to join them to put a smile on the faces of many more individuals everywhere across the globe. Glory to GOD!

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