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 following morning. It was attended by opinion leaders including the queen mother
and the village elders.
Many people spoke of their appreciation of the sponsor’s generosity, and they promised to cooperate throughout the project, for which they will carry out all unskilled manual labour, such as digging 14 ft pits.
An evening of dance, featuring members of The Royal Ballet including Principals Edwart Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb and Rupert Pennefather, will be performing in aid of Ghanaian charity Ashanti Development.
Sunday 2 February 2014
Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, SW7 2BS
Box office: 020 7591 4314
Ticket prices: £35, £28, £25
Comfort, Yah and Janet are very happy because their village, Adutwam, recently joined in our microcredit project. They’ve been through the training, worked out business plans, and now they say they’re earning good money with their loans.
Better still Swiss donors, BasAid, have just made Adutwam a grant to buy a gari mill, producing long-life cassava. Adutwam will pay back on microcredit terms, and then the money will be recycled to another village.
The photo shows Paul becoming Chief of Awanya Village. Awanya invited him to take this on in thanks for his effort in collecting (via Crowdfunder) enough money to give every household its own latrine.
Paul was born in Ghana, and given the Ghanaian name of Kwasi Mensah at birth. In Awanya, he took the vacant stool formerly held by Kwadwo Mensah – so it was clear to the village that he was an entirely suitable person and probably a reincarnation of the original stoolholder. They put on a wonderful durbar (a meeting with dancing) in his honour.
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Lake Bosomtwe, near Kumasi, is a beautiful place to spend a weekend. This is the view from our bedroom windows.