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Job Vacancy – Teacher-Trainers

We’re looking for volunteer teacher-trainers to spend three terms in Ashanti helping develop our teacher-trainer work. A few years ago, retired teacher Dave Banks set out to improve the quality of teaching in Sekyere Central District.  After observing lessons and talking to teachers, he documented a method of improving their...

BIG News

BIG NEWS. If you go to www.ashantibespoke.com, you can order a shirt or blouse or dress, to be made to your exact measurements. And of course you can choose the material too.   It will be made up by Kofi and his dressmaking school in Gyetiase, and the picture shows...

Racing The Rains

We’re building latrines now in seven villages – more than we’ve ever worked in before at one time. One of them, Abuontem, is also the largest village we’ve worked with and has at least nine different religions – Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Methodist, Anglican, Muslim, Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventists...

Getting To Know You

In Gyetiase, we recently managed to set up Skype in Gyetiase and Bonkron Primary Schools. Their twinned schools in the UK are now planning to connect with them. We also showed children’s films to both schools. The photos were taken while the children were waiting for the films to start,...

A Thank-You Letter

Mpantuase-Nkwabrim has sent a lovely thank-you letter for some teachers’ latrines. I can’t get it to photocopy reasonably, so here’s what it says: – Dear Sir/Madam A LETTER OF APPRECIATION The Headteacher, Odikro, Assemblyman, staff, Parent/Teacher Association /School Management Committee … wish to express their profound thanks and gratitude to...

Too Far To Walk

Although there’s free primary school education in Ghana, the two little girls in the photo can’t attend. This is because their nearest school is at Kwamang, which is at least five kilometres distant. However, thanks to a generous sponsor, at least they’ll soon have household latrines.

Latrines for Villagers Plus Settlers Groups

Esereso Village is quite remote from any town. It consists of a local community and separate settlement of Tuaregs – settlers from the north. Tuaregs or Fulanis are quite warlike and aggressive, and local people tend to keep their distance. We’ve recently found a sponsor to develop Esereso and everyone,...

Gyetiase Technical School

The Technical School is Gyetiase is well underway, providing training mainly to single mothers and offering them a way out of the extreme poverty many are currently suffering. Here are some pictures of the school with its teacher, Kofi Marfo from Nsuta.  

Clean Water At Duomo

Nicholas, our Country Director, is busy distributing Aquafilters to villages where we believe boreholes would never succeed. Here he is, giving them out to Duomo village. At present, each household has to pay Ghc.5 (just under £1) for a household filter, but from now on we’re going to sell them...

Sponsored Walk

Saturday 12th September is the day of our annual sponsored walk, starting at 2pm from St Pancras Old Church, north London, and ending at Limehouse, eight miles later. The photo shows some of last year’s walkers.  Some walked fast, others walked slowly, but we all managed to get there in...