Freedom Changes Lives
Freedom Brings Dignity and Hope
Freedom - no longer being in bondage to poverty
Freedom- deliverance from hunger and other vulnerabilities of poverty
Freedom - to be able to choose, to exercise rights of choice
Freedom - the power to determine action without restraint
Operation Dignity International started with the dream of Jim Sullivan, a retired Minneapolis-area minister and businessman, to make a difference in the lives of Ghanaians.
In 2007 Jim traveled to Ghana and witnessed unimaginable and widespread poverty. Poverty along with a lack of basic infrastructure, a virtually non-existent education system, poor access to health care and very little opportunity for jobs had thrust thousands of rural families into a hopeless struggle for survival. Jim returned to the US intent on finding a way to help.
Operation Dignity International (ODI) was launched as a 501(c)3 to go beyond the traditional models of emergency humanitarian assistance. ODI brings skilled professionals and volunteers to work alongside Ghanaians in creating long-term solutions for self-sustaining and socio-economically strong communities.
ODI has identified Ghanaians with the skills and motivation to help shape and implement projects that will prove to be the most beneficial for the local community.
MISSION & VISION
The mission of Operation Dignity International is to develop and equip cultural leaders in Ghana, Africa, who will become change agents in their communities. Our passion is to provide a respectful partnership and shared vision with Ghanaians that fosters cooperation, communication, and a commitment to individual and community development.
ODI’s goal is to close the information gap and foster positive change by providing tools and resources for enterprise development, health and human services, technology, and virtue-based leadership. These elements will drive community development and serve as the vehicles for reducing systemic poverty, increasing employment opportunities, improving health care, and ultimately, enabling Ghanaians to become self-sufficient.
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” –Herman Melville
Ghana is calling…
Ghana, West Africa, is a current-day example of a young, growing, yet vulnerable democracy. It struggles to develop its resources, expand its economy, and provide a greater standard of living for its people, while honoring its culture, traditions, and history, all in the midst of a quickly changing and dynamic global economy. There is a desire to move away from traditional models of international aid which, in many cases, have only served to leave the country in a perpetual cycle of dependence on outside sources.
Operation Dignity International (ODI) is answering Ghana’s call for a new approach to international aid with a commitment to socio-economic development that empowers Ghanaians to support themselves through education, improved healthcare, and entrepreneurism.
ODI is incorporating a model of social responsibility, an ethical theory, into our work in Ghana, that is to say, bringing accountability and transparency to help introduce solutions that benefit the social fabric of a community. Social responsibility helps ensure the long-term viability and success of organizations and projects.
ODI is partnering with leaders and communities in Ghana on projects and initiatives designed to build economic viability while promoting and strengthening the dignity and affirmation of Ghanaians. The overall objective is to help the people of Ghana move toward independence and self-support.
Over the last nine years, ODI has built relationships in Ghana to increase the human potential through education and vocational training, provided tools and resources to sustain the solution, and developed leaders within the community to accomplish the "moving forward" effort. Today Ghana is ripe for development.