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About Us

Empowering Lives...

Empowerment for Sustainable Livelihood (ESL) is a distinguished non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for patient health and fostering sustainable livelihoods in Ghana. Founded in 2007 by the visionary co-founders Akua Serwaa and William Jacob Ocran, ESL has been at the forefront of empowering communities, advocating for equitable healthcare access, and championing sustainable development initiatives.


At Empowerment for Sustainable Livelihood (ESL), our mission is to empower individuals and communities across Ghana to lead healthy, fulfilling lives while promoting sustainable development practices. We recognize that health and livelihoods are intertwined pillars of human well-being, and we are dedicated to addressing both aspects comprehensively.

1. Health Empowerment: Our primary focus is on improving health outcomes and promoting well-being among marginalized and under-served populations. Through targeted advocacy, community education, and capacity-building initiatives, we strive to ensure equitable access to healthcare services, empower individuals to make informed health choices, and advocate for the rights of patients.

2. Sustainable Livelihood Development: We believe that sustainable livelihoods are essential for achieving long-term prosperity and resilience within communities. By implementing a range of livelihood development projects, including vocational training, agricultural initiatives, and entrepreneurship support, we empower individuals to generate income, build assets, and improve their overall quality of life.

3. Empowerment through Knowledge: Central to our mission is the belief in the transformative power of knowledge. We work to equip individuals with the skills, resources, and information they need to take control of their health, pursue economic opportunities, and become agents of positive change within their communities.

4. Promoting Equity and Inclusion: ESL is deeply committed to promoting equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We recognize the unique challenges faced by marginalized groups, including women, children, persons with disabilities, and rural communities, and we strive to ensure that our programs are accessible, culturally sensitive, and responsive to their needs.


5. Collaborative Approach: We understand that no single organization or sector can address the complex challenges facing Ghana alone. Therefore, we actively seek partnerships and collaborations with governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups, and other stakeholders to maximize our impact and foster sustainable solutions.



Our vision at ESL is of a Ghana where every individual has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their circumstances. We envision:

1. Universal Access to Healthcare: A healthcare system that is accessible, affordable, and of high quality, ensuring that no one is left behind in their pursuit of health and well-being.

2. Vibrant and Resilient Communities: Communities that are empowered to chart their own development pathways, with access to sustainable livelihood opportunities, social services, and infrastructure.


3. Healthy and Thriving Individuals: Individuals who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to lead healthy, productive lives and contribute positively to their families and communities.


4. Environmental Sustainability: A commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable resource management, ensuring that future generations inherit a healthy and thriving planet.


5. Social Justice and Equity: A society characterized by fairness, justice, and equity, where all individuals have equal opportunities to fulfill their potential and live with dignity and respect.

In pursuit of this vision, ESL remains steadfast in its commitment to empowering communities, advocating for positive change, and working towards a more just, equitable, and sustainable future for all.

Core Values:

1. Equity: We believe in equitable access to healthcare and opportunities for all individuals, irrespective of their background.

2. Empowerment: We strive to empower communities by providing them with the necessary tools, resources, and knowledge to lead independent and sustainable lives.


3. Collaboration: We recognize the importance of collaboration and partnership in achieving our goals and work closely with governmental bodies, NGOs, and other stakeholders.


4. Innovation: We embrace innovation and continuously seek new and effective ways to address healthcare and livelihood challenges in Ghana.


5. Integrity: We uphold the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability in all our endeavors.

Our Equity Value Statement:

ESL is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We recognize the unique strengths and challenges faced by individuals and communities, and we strive to address disparities through targeted interventions, culturally sensitive programming, and advocacy efforts. By fostering a culture of respect, collaboration, and empowerment, we aim to create a more equitable and inclusive society where everyone

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