The Enterprising Excellent Woman

Mrs Theodosia Wilhelmina Jackson

Ashanti Region

" Mrs Theodosia Jackson is the Florence Nightingale of Kumasi. Armed with the Word of God, she visits prostitutes and offers them the opportunity to abandon their trade and earn a decent income. She also goes to prisons to evangelise. "

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Mrs Theodosia Wilhelmina Jackson, Ashanti Region MRS. THEODOSIA WILHELMINA JACKSON is the Florence Nightingale of Kumasi. Armed with the Word of God, she visits prostitutes and offers them opportunity to abandon their trade and earn a decent income. She also goes to prisons to evangelise; and on the release of some convicts, adopts them, and nurtures them to become educated and successful men and women in society.

Born on 1 January 1948, she completed Agogo Girls School and acquired a Teacher Certificate 'A' at Presbyterian Women's Training College in Agogo; after which she earned a Diploma in Tropical Horticulture, and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agriculture from the University of Science and Technology and pursued a career in Education. She is Assistant Director of Education, and Headmistress at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Junior High School, Kumasi.

She is also National President of GHACOE Women's Ministry where she has served for over 30 years. This Ministry is an inter-denominational group with branches in all the ten regions of Ghana. They train women to know the word of God and to be self sufficient in vocational skills. They organise seminars, workshops, retreats, teaching on HIV/AIDS and Vocational Skills to enhance life transformation. As board member of Sinapi Aba Trust, a micro-financial institution, she actively seeks funding mostly for women engaged in petty trading.

Commercial Sex Workers

In Adum, Kumasi, Theodosia actively evangelises to prostitutes, brings them to her training centre where she helps them acquire decent vocational skills. After which she gives them seed money to start petty trade and micro enterprise, and continually monitors their progress.

Prisons

Since 1985, Theodosia has undertaken prisons ministry; she organises crusades and teaches female prisoners vocational skills to enable them live more independently and morally after their release. Occasionally, some of the released prisoners stay with her before returning to their homes. She has chalked many success stories, including two ex-policemen who were imprisoned for 16 years at Nsawam prisons. She adopted them after their release, nurtured and encouraged them, and they are both now evangelists.

Returnees

In 1983, when there was an alien compliance order for Ghanaians to leave Nigeria, Theodocia, together with the GHACOE helped equip them to integrate in the economy. They taught the returnees vocational skills including, batik, tie & dye, screen printing, soap making etc. The training is now extended to widows, the needy and school dropouts. She even adopted and paid for the education of a young man who has since earned a PhD, is happily married and enjoys a successful career.

Youth

She educates schools, colleges and universities on HIV/AIDS, and shows films on Sexually Transmitted Diseases. This has helped many students reflect and change their lives for the better. Her love and desire for the youth drives her to travel extensively to speak at youth camps and conferences, as well as youth programs in many churches across the country. Since 2003 she has been a Visiting Speaker on HIV/AIDS at the Johns Hopkins University of Nursing, USA.

Counselling

She offers career counselling to the youth, and organizes formal counselling sessions with eminent educationists, in the choice of subjects to study in Senior High School to prepare them for professional courses in tertiary institutions.

Sponsorship

Theodosia supports the work of the S.O.S. She has adopted 3 children from the Asiakwa S.O.S. Children's Village for the past 10 years. The first is now a final year Land Economy student at K.N.U.S.T., the second is a first year student at the Ashesi University reading Computer Science whilst the third is a Junior High School student at Asiakwa. She continues to support needy children, many of them in the schools she has taught, as well as the universities.

Consultancy

She is Consultant to the African Development Foundation (ADF), a USA based Foundation and been involved with projects like the Palm Oil Processing Factory for the Mpehi Women's Development Association ( M.W.D.A) at Mpehi, Offinso in the Ashanti Region; Beads Production Factory for the Ampaba Asaman Beads Manufacturing and Marketing Society at Asaman in the Ashanti Region; Craft Production Factory for the Jachie Disabled Training Centre at Jachie in the Ashanti Region; and Credit for loans for the Sinapi Aba Trust. These projects have helped improve the lives of the less privileged.

One of the major and leading authorities on the biographies of distinguished individuals worldwide, The American Biographical Institute, USA, awarded Theodosia Jackson, Woman of the Year 2000.

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