KAYSVILLE – A group of Davis County teenagers is looking beyond the next dance, the next test, the next game.
They’re looking beyond Davis County in fact, to a little village in Ghana that they hope one day will have a school and books and uniforms.
But more than hoping, they’re working to raise money to help provide those books and uniforms and to build that school.
“It’s great to be able to give back because we have so much over here,” said Skyler Farnes, a senior at Woods Cross High School and member of the junior board of World Joy.
World Joy was established in 2005 by local families seeking to help improve education and health in villages in the eastern region of Ghana.
Farnes has been to Africa with his family twice to help build schools.
“Those kids are amazing,” he said of the African children he has met. “Just with an education, they’re able to do more things. A lot of their facilities over there aren’t very good.”
The junior board of World Joy is made up of students from a number of Davis high schools. Board president Samantha Hyde, a junior at Woods Cross, said many of the teens feel the same passion she does about helping others.
“Ever since I went to Africa, I just felt a strong tie to the African people and just wanted to do anything I could to help them,” she said.
“There is a lot that can be done when teenagers come together for a good cause.”
The board’s first fundraiser took place at the Get Air Sportsplex in Kaysville earlier this month.
Others are being planned to help students on the junior board purchase supplies to construct the school.
More information on the organization of World Joy, its needs and goals, can be found at worldjoyghana.org.