Kaitlyn Gitter has been awarded an Omprakash Volunteer Grant in support of the Mawuvio Outreach Programme in Ghana. Congratulations to Kaitlyn and best wishes on your visit to Kissemah Village in Ghana.
Kaitlyn grew up in Clintonville, a rural area in Wisconsin. She obtained her bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2010. Kaitlyn is currently living in Chicago, IL and is attending her final semester of graduate school at the Adler School of Professional Psychology to obtain her master’s in Counseling Psychology. She has a variety of experiences working with young people, particularly at-risk populations in settings such as residential treatment, summer camp, mentoring programs, and the development of college and vocational prep curriculum.
One of Kaitlyn’s greatest inspirations is music. She began playing the piano at age 5 and has since learned several other instruments including the guitar, harmonica, and most recently the Calabash, specifically the Thelevi. Kaitlyn will be traveling to Kissemah Village, just outside of Accra, Ghana to volunteer with Mawuvio’s Outreach Programme. Her primary purpose will be to establish an after school music program for the children attending this free school. She will also spend time giving individual music lessons and helping teach core subjects during the school day. Kaitlyn wishes to share her love and passion for music with the children of Mawuvio’s Outreach Programme while also learning more from the children about the musical traditions and culture in Ghana.
Kaitlyn has been aiding Renee Farwell of Mawuvio’s Outreach Programme in raising funds by helping her sell African jewelry from Achimota Market, Ghana. She is also planning on spreading the word about Omprakash and its partners through presentations and student contact at her university as well as community outreach in her hometown.
For more information on Kaitlyn and Omprakash, visit http://omprakash.org