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The Mondelēz International Foundation’s Joy Ambassador program invites employees to serve and learn in cocoa-farming communities which are part of the Cocoa Life program in Ghana. This two-week skills-exchange journey, in partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), gives Joy Ambassadors first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities in securing a sustainable cocoa supply. The ambassadors share their diverse business skills with cocoa farmers - from marketing, manufacturing, finance, law and more - to help accelerate the impact of the company’s cocoa sustainability efforts.

As part of this year’s visit, some members of the Joy Ambassador team and some staff of Child's Right International visited selected “cocoalife” communities in the Ahafo Ano North District.

The team visited the Onwe and Nkwantabisa Communities. These two communities share a common public school because they are closely located. Onwe community has no school so children from Onwe are enrolled in the Nkwantabisa D/A Basic School. It is one of the schools where the Mondelēz Read to Lead library project was established.

The headmaster of the school could not hold his joy and gratitude for Mondelēz International Cocoa Life’s provision of a mobile library in his school. He lauded the efforts of Childs Right International and Mondelēz Cocoa Life for the library project and shared that it had greatly enhanced children’s reading skills and provided teachers with additional textbooks for teaching.

He added that the nomination of the pupil who participated in the 2018 Child Initiative Forum was of great impact to all pupils because the CIF participant was made to share his new experience and knowledge with the whole school.

The Joy ambassadors were elated to hear of such positive impact of the “CocoaLife” project. It left such a meaningful impressions on the hearts and minds of us all in the team. Such stories encourage us to do even better.