Andrea Menezes


A Tribute to Yaw Adangabey


"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now, put the foundations under them." - Henry David Thoreau


Yaw Adangabey and teachers of the school founded by him

Yaw Adangabey is a leader, humanitarian, and one of the most inspiring people I know. Through his many years at HCC, Yaw has always encouraged the boys at our centre to fulfill the dreams and strive for excellence, and he has joyfully celebrated their successes at every turn. One and a half years ago when I arrived in Sandema, he shared his own dream of establishing the first Kindergarten program in his home village of Kadema. To this day, that conversation is deeply etched in my heart. His faith and unshakeable determination were palpable. My own eyes filled with tears when I heard about his dream because I knew that he would be successful.
Currently, there are 56 children enrolled in the Adangabey Royal International School. Through the generous support of the Sandema District Assembly and the Chief of Kadema, Yaw was provided with a three-classroom structure to run his program. He hired four teachers who clearly have a passion for nurturing young children. All the teachers are from Kadema and they all participated in a special early childhood education training program. At any time, you can visit Yaw’s Kindergarten school and find children enthusiastically singing songs, clapping their hands, reading books and learning the alphabet and numbers. Yaw meets with his PTA Executive and PTA regularly. The feedback from the Kadema community has been overwhelmingly positive, and parents are delighted to be able to offer their children a headstart in their education.
Through this outstanding initiative, Yaw has already left a legacy of excellence in his community and at HCC. He is a shining example of what we strive for at HCC, helping young people reach their fullest social potential, so that they can contribute positively to their communities.
If you would like to support Yaw’s program, we encourage you to contact him at