How about joining on Ashanti Development’s annual sponsored walk down the Regent’s Canal. It’s always a very pleasant event, and a good time for volunteers, supporters and people who might like to volunteer at some unspecified future date to meet each other.
Abhijit Roy and his SpecSavers shop sponsor the neighbouring villages of Mpantuase and Nkwabrim in Ghana’s Ashanti Region.
On a 50:50 basis, Ab and his staff have donated enough money to provide the villages with one latrine per household, to train them in health and hygiene, and to work with their existing organisations (elected village council, chief and elders, water and sanitation committee etc) so they are strong enough to maintain the improvements when Ashanti Development are gone.
The villages are mega-grateful, and when Ab visited recently they made him a chief. So from now on, those in the know call him ‘Nana Ab.’
Great news! Volunteer Paul Kalinauckas’ crowdfunding project raised over £5,500 for Awanya village. The job of providing each home with its own personal household latrine – according to WaterAid, a much better solution that communal latrines to serve whole villages – will start very shortly.
We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed. Your names will be included in a book, to be held permanently at Awanya. This means that if many years from now you decide to visit Ghana and drop in on Awanya, the village should know who you are and give you a big welcome.
Antonella Sinopoli is a journalist and documentary maker as well as being founder of Ashanti Development Italia. Her latest work, White Arrogance, is an ebook which aims tohighlight prejudices spread by the Western media about the African continent. Published by Quintadicopertina, the text is based on direct evidence from the web, blogs and social networks. It is part of a collaborative publishing project by organisations active in human rights and freedom of information (website reference to Ping the World)
White Arrogance will be available soon in ePub, PDF and Mobipocket and at Amazon and all major on-line stores. Antonella is generously offering half the profits to Ashanti Development.
Awanya village will benefit from volunteer Paul Kalinauckas’ project to raise £5,000 to Develop A Village in Ashanti.
Somehow or other, Awanya has learned the connection between hygiene and disease, and is desperate to have household latrines for the whole community. It’s now ringing two or three times a week to see how much money has been raised so far. Please contribute – £10 is enough – by going the Crowdfunder website.