The Enterprising Excellent Woman

MAMA ATRATO II

Volta Region

" She organises women into groups and funds training in soap making and fish processing to improve family incomes. "

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Mama Atrato II, a.k.a Josephine Dzah, Volta Region Mama Atrato II, a.k.a Josephine Dzah, was born on 1st April 1949 in Ho Dome. She joined the Ghana Police Service in 1970. Three years later, she was posted to the BNI then Special Branch Headquarters in Accra.

In 1998, she passed the United Nations Examination and was posted to Bosnia Herzegovia for peace keeping operations. In Bosnia, she studied International Human Rights and was awarded the United Nations Certificate on Human Rights, after which she was appointed the Human Rights Officer for Tuzzla Regions for six months.

On her return to Ghana, Mama Atrato II rendered many social services to her community, especially to women and young people. She organises women into groups and funds training in soap making and fish processing to improve family incomes. She has assisted many women to manage their petty trades, and helps them acquire loan facilities to expand their businesses. One such business is "LEBTEY PEPPER SAUCE". This business now provides employment to many young people in Ho and beyond.

She is a motivational speaker, counsellor and mentor, and has chaired many community functions. It was during one such function that Mama requested for Medical Theatre Equipment from some foreign investors who were present. They soon provided the facility, a GH¢ 25 000 theatre equipment to the Ho Regional Hospital.

Mama has donated many books which she acquired on a visit to Finland to Ho-Dome Primary school and Ho Polytechnic. When drug users began to encroach on the compound of Ho-dome Primary School, a situation which worried the whole community, Mama organized and paid to fence the school and eliminated the problem. She continues to sponsor young, brilliant, needy girls through secondary education in Mawuko Girls and Ola Girls High School.

Even though she lives in Accra, she has formed youth groups in Ho called "Loving Sisters of Ho" and dancing groups which identify and offer services to the aged who are childless, undertake environmental clean-up exercises and provide mats and mattresses to those who lack. They have also made significant donations to the children's ward of the Ho Municipal Hospital and solicit for second-hand clothes from cities and share them among the needy.

As her contribution to facilitating justice, she donated plastic chairs to WAJU and the National Security Service Head Office in Ho, and funded the painting of the Head Office in Ho.

Mama organizes public programmes on adolescent reproductive health and family planning for young adults, and encourages young women to space childbearing to better manage their health as well as that of the children. She is the Ambassador of Diabetes in the community and currently seeking funding to extend her educational campaign on diabetes. She is particularly concerned about the market women who close late and therefore eat late with their children.

She was unanimously selected by representatives from the Traditional Council, Youth and Women's Groups, Christian Council, and the Chief Imam of the Volta Region in a round table deliberation as the Deputy Chairperson of the regional Consultative Body of NCCE in the Volta Region. She is also a board member of Ho-Nursing Training College.

Shear Power Ventures congratulates Mama Atrato II for her selection as the Volta Region Portrait of Excellence 2008, and praises her for her good works.

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