Linda Ohui Teye impacting the world with benevolence
“When I was in school, a lady needed just GH¢10 to register for the National Health Insurance Scheme for her child and I gave it to her thinking it was just GH¢10 but she actually came back to thank me for the money after she had accessed healthcare for her son with the card”, Ms Linda Ohui Teye, the Chief Executive Officer of the Lintel Aid Organisation has narrated.
She continued “I then realised that we don’t need so much to help people and secretly started nursing my passion to work as a philanthropist”.
From educational support to assistance for the less privileged and women empowerment, Ms Teye has always worked to meet the needs of people since 2015 when she started her organisation.
Lintel Aid Ghana seeks to improve upon the livelihood of individuals through the implementation of programmes that offers children and the vulnerable in society a chance to decent living.
Ms Teye, a graduate of the University for Development Studies (UDS) developed the passion to assist humanity out of her meagre savings from her national service allowances when she chanced on a television broadcast on an underprivileged school owned by a physically challenged man.
“I discussed my passion with a lot of people but it was not until after my national service that a friend dared me to begin the journey with the little I had and coincidentally the programme on TV pushed me to start”, she narrated.
The young philanthropist told “The Spectator” that she had been undertaking projects from funds raised from individual sponsors, donors, social media friends and her family.
“It has not been easy but I am unable to resist the desire to help people and what drives my passion is that priceless smile I see on the faces of the people we help which gives me so much fulfillment and as a Christian, I know giving is pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ”, she said.
Ms Teye confessed that her training at the university as a Community developer probably sharpened her passion as she was sent to work in very deprived communities as part of her studies.
“Recently I was able to mobilise funds to assist a young man pay his fees after gaining admission to Study Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology and the joy that came to him was rewarding”, she narrated.
Ms Linda Teye believed that in the next 10 years, her organisation would grow to become the biggest in Ghana and make bigger impact in the educational and socio-economic well-being of individuals.
She said it was refreshing to see her efforts being recognised by stakeholders with several awards as a youth philanthropist; including the Coca-Cola Achievers’ Award 2017, the 2018 top 30 Under 30 Pioneer Award which was dedicated to showcasing and nurturing Ghana’s leading talents as well as the Ghana Humanitarian and Business awards 2018 for the National Youth Volunteer On Humanitarian Dealings Within Rural Areas in Ghana.
Other awards to her credit are the “Youth Leadership Parliament Woman of the Year Award she received in 2018 and another award in 2018 for emerging the winner in the Community Development Category for The 40 Under 40 Awards.
She hopes to settle down in future with the man of her dream who would support her in her endeavours.
The young philanthropist stated that she could expand her act of benevolence if she received enough financial support and called on donors to support her to make her passion a reality.
“If the world is ours tomorrow, then we should begin to take responsibility no, together let’s work on things we think are not right; our tomorrow begins today!! It’s up to us now, it’s our world now. Let’s all go out and make a difference”, she quoted from the diaries of the late Mr Kofi Annan.
From Lydia Darlington Fordjour, Wa