The Patience Project
Providing Mobility Equipment for the People of Ghana
Sometimes work you donate provides the most satisfaction. Developing The Patience Project logo was just such a project. My friend and neighbor Olivia Godby approached me about helping her out. She is an undergrad at Notre Dame and had just founded a non-profit dedicated to bringing mobility equipment to people in Ghana. Olivia visited western Africa back in 2013 and the need was clear to her:
'...it became blindingly apparent to me that, though I had good intentions, “fixing” the Ghanaian healthcare system to allow for beautiful and effective healthcare for all people with intellectual disabilities was too much for one person to undertake. But what I learned from one woman named Patience hasn’t left me since, and that is this: the things preventing people from proper healthcare can be mind blowingly simple, so simple, in fact, that they are easy to overlook. I’m talking about the fact that though current Ghanaian healthcare legislations allows for free healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities, many people will never be able to access these services because they are physically unable to transport themselves to the facility, which may be as close as down the road. This is the case of 24 year old Richard, Patience’s son, who has not been to the doctor in twelve years because he does not have the ability to walk. So when Patience asked me for a wheelchair, a simple solution to a big problem, it became a request that has stuck with me to this day. '
Although Olivia is young, her instincts are spot-on, and she was great to work with. She wanted to do something in the realm of a rough stencil look. The logo below is what I came up with. I have included the initial pencil sketch also. Logo projects typically start out as a series of rough sketches. I also sketched some options with a person in the chair but we ended up going with the heart—it avoided the problem of what type of figure to depict...and the heart just seemed universal and right for the mission.
Olivia and her team are using the logo to get the word out. They have printed Tshirts as a fund raising tool.
Olivia is a smart, big-hearted kid who is making a difference in the world. It is refreshing to see this sort of go-getter idealism. Go Olivia! This project is worthy of your donation—please help if you can.