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Bresua Gets Good News

The pictures are of Bresua Village being given the news that Richard (who swam 70 lengths on his 70th birthday to raise money for Ashanti Development) had decided to sponsor them. Get ready for some latrine-digging pictures when the work starts.

Oh No – Not Mpantuase’s Kindergarten Again!!!

Well, this kindergarten must hold the record for quick building! It seems the reason they’re rushing is to beat inflation, since prices on imported goods like cement are going up on an almost daily basis. At this rate, the building will be finished by the end of the month.

Update: Mpantuase Kindergarten

Mpantuase kindergarten is coming along in leaps and bounds, with the foundations now all but finished. Sponsors Ab Roy and his SpecSavers team are due to visit in October (Ebola permitting) and maybe the village is aiming to get it finished by the time he arrives.


Dawn and Paul, who sponsor two villages, have arranged training for local people in bee-keeping, and now there are four beehives at Gyetiase.  One of the four has been colonised and we’re hoping that bees will find the other three soon. More info on beekeeping

Mpantuase’s Kindergarten

Work on Mpantuase Village’s new kindergarten, financed by SpecSavers in the Midlands, is progressing at top speed to reduce the impact of high inflation on building materials. Prices are rising on a daily basis. So far, communal labour has been used to uproot tree stumps and level the ground with...

A Taste of Ghana

A fun filled social event with a choice of Ghanaian food as well as music, decorations, display stalls and video/picture shows on the work of Ashanti Development. Bring your own alcoholic beverages. Saturday, 12 July 2014 from 16.00 to 20.00 (BST) No 10 Foundling Court Brunswick Centre London WC1N 1AN...

Nyinampong’s Turn At Last

Nyinampong is a large, extremely poor village with very high rates of birth and infant mortality. We’ve been looking for a long time for a sponsor for them – they’ve also been lobbying us hard in case we forgot – but the village is too big for most people to...

Q Fever

As volunteer who spent about a month in Gyetiase last Autumn has written us the following warning: “A couple of weeks after my return to the USA I started to feel very poorly.  Will not bore you with details.  I live in a small village in the USA where ‘African...

Sad for PSK

Many of you know about the recent legislation to cut the number of Unit Committees in every electoral area. What’s more, whereas previously representatives were elected, they are now nominated by government. At many villages this change has wrought havoc. Former, possibly hard-working and responsible Unit Committee members are furious...

Nyinampong’s Turn for Household Latrines

Nicholas reckons that Nyinampong is one of the poorest villages he’s ever seen, so there was great rejoicing last week when he was able to tell them that a sponsor had been found for their household latrines.  The meeting was well attended, although many people were preparing for marketday the...