Coming to a Compromise

There’s been a long-standing debate about two different points of view in relation to our clinic at Gyetiase-Nsuta.  One part say it’s essential to build a wall round the clinic.  Otherwise, they say, the animals will rub up against the existing walls and leave them very grimy. 

The second part says that walls are scary, people may be frightened to come to the clinic if it’s got a wall right round it.  Better to leave it open. 

For now, we’ve reached a compromise.  We’re going to do a bit of landscaping, plant some trees and see how we feel later.  Any views would be welcome.


Nyinampong Clinic

Our clinic at Nyinampong, which opened 18 months ago, now has electricity, clean water in every basin, six trained nurses and a midwife.

The clinic serves 8,000 people. In its first three months it treated 530 people, some more than once. They included 88 pregnant women, 17 of whom gave birth, 179 malaria cases, 25 cases of dysentery/diarrhoea and one suspected HIV/Aids.

Well done Nyinampong. It sounds like you’re doing a great job.

Out with the Worms

A few days ago, we wrote how volunteer Ruth had raised enough money to provide worm tablets for 5,000 children in Sekyere Central District.
With the help of the District Health and Education Services, this week the tablets are being distributed, mainly to settler villages.
Thank you again, Ruth, for raising the money to fund them.

Down with Worms

All our thanks go to volunteer Ruth Simpson for raising enough money to buy 5,000 tablets of anti-worm medication.
Yesterday they were delivered to the Sekyere Central District of the Ghana Health Service, who are going to distribute them to children through their District Nurses. What a difference that will make to the children.

Small Steps To Development

Microcredit was the subject of a meeting between our Microcredit Manager, Mavis Bobie, and the women of Timber Nkwanta. With her baby on her back, Mavis went to tell them about Ashanti Development’s microcredit project and ask if they’d like to take part.
In case you haven’t come across microcredit, we start by helping each woman to produce a costed plan and then lend her money to set up a small business, normally in trading or agriculture.
The women work in groups, and each guarantees the loans of the others in her group. Each can have up to three loans, which she must repay with interest.
When all the debts are repaid, we move the project to a new village and start again. In Ashanti, the scheme is very popular and we know of a few women who it has made very rich.

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