Author: Penny

Heartfelt Thanks

When people asked taxi-driver Emmanuel why he worked so hard, he explained that he was saving up to pay for an operation for his little daughter, who had a hole in the heart. Volunteers Dawn and Paul immediately offered to fund it, and here are some pictures of the child,...

A Taste Of Ghana

We warmly invite you to join us at our annual summer party, when London-based Ashanti’s will cook Ghanaian food to thank us for helping their villages. It will be held from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday 21st July at (or just outside) The Tenants Hall, Underneath Tresham, Lambs Conduit Passage,...

Mame Arko Comes In First

Congratulations to Mame Martha Arko, who has just won the prize for the best kept latrine in Gyetiase, beating the likes of Opanin Mobe, Amazon Gyambia and Opanin Yaw Adu. She won a small cash prize, and the runners up won even smaller sums, all to be presented at the...

A Bumper Harvest

The news is that our part of Ashanti’s expecting a bumper crop. A couple of years ago, the land was so dry that crops were destroyed by wildfire. Luckily, things are looking up. We visited Nana Ababio, Chief of Bimma and a beneficiary under our farm support scheme. He’s growing...

Free School Dinners and Breakfasts

When we first went to Ashanti, some fifteen years ago, the children were always hungry, and many were severely malnourished. As a result, we started free school lunches for children under five, who were most at risk. To our surprise, this didn’t seem to make a lot of difference to...

Sunshine At Midnight

We are distributing solar lamps to villages in the north of our area of operation. These villages have no electricity, but depend on battery powered lights or kerosene, which is harmful to the health. The lamps have kindly been donated by BasAid.

Jediako’s Falling Down

Dave, our semi-resident teacher-trainer in Ashanti, emails that ‘Jediako School is Falling Down.’ He sent us photos and says its one of the worse buildings he’s ever seen. In our experience, it’s very hard to raise grants for school buildings. Can anyone out there make a suggestion as to how...

Keeping Girls In School

To help prevent girls dropping out of school, we show them how to make six re-useable sanitary towels. Meanwhile, the boys get empathy classes. The project seems to be going really well.

Breakthrough In Farming

We’ve been inspecting some of the farms on our farm support scheme. This provides training in modern farming methods as well as small loans for the farmers to buy good seeds, tubers, farm equipment and wellington boots to protect them from snakes. The good news is that not only are...

A New Mill For New Saviour

New Saviour Benin now has corn and cassava mills. The corn mill was originally installed in Mprim village, but became the subject of many disputes. We decided it was beyond us to manage this sort of thing, and removed the equipment completely. We gave it to New Saviour Benin village,...