Omenaa Mensah – Life is beautiful when we help

The charity project “And… so the world is beautiful” was launched by Omenaa Mensah and her Omenaa Foundation. A journalist, she brought Polish stars and designers together to create what will be an extraordinary calendar to raise funds for a school building project to benefit homeless children in Ghana.

Taking part in “And… so the world is beautiful” were: Katarzyna Bujakiewicz, Weronika Książkiewicz, Justyna Steczkowska and Omenaa Mensah. The first stage of the project involved a photo session with photographer Marcin Suder in the picturesque surroundings of Morocco. In just one week, a team of 20 people took part in the project, covering an area of 3000 km. Photo sessions took place in Legzira, Marrakesh, Essaouira and the YSL gardens. The most beautiful photos will be included in the calendar which will be launched at the beginning of December. Profits from sales of the calendar will go towards building the school in the Ghanaian town of Tema.  

Omenaa Mensah

Dresses for the Moroccan session where created by the famous Polish designers: Natasha Pavluchenko, Just Paul designer, the Paprocki&Brzozowski duo, Tomasz Olejniczak, and Łukasz Jemioł. The artists were inspired by the African continent, its colors and folklore. Their unique creations will be auctioned during a charity evening for the Ghana school which will also see the launch of the calendar. Some extraordinary photos of Marcin Suder will be also auctioned.

Omenaa Mensah

So how did the idea of helping the homeless children in Ghana come about? Africa is a continent of huge contrasts, where access to education is afforded only to children whose parents are able to pay for it. The rest can only dream about learning at school, but gaining a profession is the only route by which they can become independent and escape the vicious cycle of poverty. Omenaa Mensah decided to help the poorest children in Africa in getting an education when about two years ago she visited Ghana for the first time, the country of origin of her father. During her trip she saw the centre run by the Salesians Don Bosco where homeless children live. Before they came to the center they were used as forced labour. Some of them were sold by their families to work on a plantation in exchange for several dollars so that the parents could feed the rest of their large family. Despite all their sad experiences, the children are happy, full of hope and willing to learn. Omenaa Mensah, moved by their fate, decided to build them a school. For a year now she has been intensively looking for ways of financing the project. The journalist has the land to build on, which she transferred to the foundation of Miss Ghana. The completed project will provide not only the building, but also about 20% of its budget.

Everyone can help by buying the “And… so the world is beautiful” calendar, which will be available by the end of November on the Omenaa.pl site, in BARTEK shops, in the boutiques of the designers involved in the project, in 3i saloons as well as in the web shop of the Inglot brand, on the Mustache platform and on the Body Chief site.

Photos: Marcin Suder