The Sisters of St Louis, Ghana Region, gathered at the Anita Hotel in Ejisu, Kumasi, for a strategic planning workshop from August 17-21, 2015, with the Sisters of St Louis Development Coordinator, Ronan White, acting as facilitator. To those of us who were engaging in this process for the first time, strategic planning sounded a huge task and scary in the beginning. But the skills and ease with which Ronan took us through the process made it so relaxing and allayed all our fears.
Prior to this meeting, we conducted research into five main areas that emerged from the General Chapter 2015: Formation, Community Life, Healthcare, Education and Associates using the PESTLE method. The internal and external factors guided by our values enabled us to set the strategic direction towards achieving our vision. With the aid of SWOT analysis and the SWOT matrix we set the strategic goals and specific objectives.
We put in our best because a very important lesson we learnt was that the process is as important as the document. With the first three phases of the strategic planning thoroughly completed, we feel confident to complete the last three phases ourselves and produce a strategic plan for the next five years, 2016-2020. Ronan has offered us the necessary skills for the task ahead and we remain ever grateful to him.
We were privileged to have the Minister for Gender, Women and Children, Nana Oye Lithur, pay a courtesy call on us when she visited a group in the hotel. Her sharing centred on the high rate of teenage pregnancy, cyber sex, rape and defilement on the increase among young girls in the country. She expressed with regret that many parents are no longer committed to caring for their children, therefore many young girls fall prey to men for want of money and food. The Minister was happy to hear that we seek to change unjust structures and have keen interest in women empowerment. She challenged us to mentor young girls and do all that we can to help them have a better future.
We were delighted to celebrate the upcoming St Louis Day with Ronan on the evening of Friday August 21, when we ended the workshop. That morning, we had the opportunity to share aspects of our St Louis story with a group of students from the Spiritan University College in Ejisu where we had attended Mass daily.
Our sincere gratitude goes to Misean Cara for generously funding this important workshop, to the CLT and RLT, Ghana, for their outstanding leadership roles and to Ronan White who came all the way to empower us. Ayekoo to you all.
Special Report by Sr. Michelle Ankrah SSL from the Sisters of St Louis.