The efforts of many hands came together on March 7th, 2008 to create “A Night in Africa,” a celebration and the second fundraiser of the International Institute for Human Factor Development (USA) Inc. These funds were to be used to establish the Human Factor Leadership Academy education program in Akatsi, Ghana, Africa.

Professor Senyo Adjibolosoo of the Fermanian School of Business (Point Loma Nazarene University) and Mr. Jason Jenkins provided an update on the progress of the Human Factor Leadership Academy (HFLA), which has been scheduled to open in the spring of 2010. The event raised approximately $16,000 toward the establishment and operation of the HFLA.

“It was a great to see the growing support for this project,” Jason Jenkins said. “The excitement in the air about the completion of Phase 2 and near completion of Phase 3, further validates our pursuits.”

San Diego media including; San Diego Channel 4’s Insider, NBC/39, San Diego 6, Clear Channel Radio, 107.9FM and numerous newspaper and magazine stories participated in the buzz that drew a standing-room only crowd to the A Night in Africa event.

The Gateway Church in El Cajon (California) was transformed into a magical night in Africa including a star lit sky, gloriously bright orange moon, earthy smells of Africa, traditional African food and inspirational music by Champion’s Heart Samuel Nehemiah and friends. The moving storytelling by Dr. Adjibolosoo left children wide-eyed with wonder.

The educational and inspirational presentations generated a palpable understanding of the Human Factor Leadership Academy project and Professor Senyo Adjibolosoo’s vision for the IIHFD’s education program to produce honest and compassionate leaders who will transform lives through knowledge acquisition and its application through clear understanding.

“In our efforts to provide high quality educational opportunities to the children and youth in Akatsi, Ghana and other countries as well, it is our primary objective to expose every student at the Academy to an intellectual environment that facilitates the education of the minds and hearts of students so they can grow into becoming honest and compassionate leaders,” Professor Senyo Adjibolosoo said. “We plan to accomplish this objective through our own unique transformational development education program, offered to the students at the Human Factor Leadership Academy.”

In just a few short years, the fundraising efforts for the Academy’s education program have exceeded expectations thanks to donations from those who are passionate and understand the significance of the project. The children of the HFLA at Akatsi are already enjoying and benefiting from a human factor-based education program that promises to alter their lives for the better in the long term. We are thankful to San Diegans for their invaluable contributions toward our book drives and shipment to Akatsi in the Volta Region of Ghana. The Phase III of the Academy’s expansion program has been completed, and ground breaking for the first official classes took place in the spring of 2010.

For more information on the HFLA, please contact Diana Saenger, HFLA Communications Director, at (619) 445 4105.