Christmas Presents

We already showed you some of the things we’re making in Ashanti and selling in the UK. We’re new to this sort of thing, and decided not to sell on-line this Christmas, but to use stalls in street markets.  Now many Christmas markets are being cancelled, so we wondered whether any of our friends on Facebook might be interested in buying. 

We have things such as duvet covers and pillowcase sets, ties, tote bags, fans, cushion covers, hats, oven gloves. They are made by the students in our dressmaking school.  Here’s the price list:  Aprons small £8, large £12; Bags, small £8, larger Tote Bags £12; Duvet covers & pillow sets £45, scrunchies (for hair holding) £5; Ties £10; Fans £20; Sun Hats £20; Cushion Covers £10.

Email your order to [email protected] and we’ll send it off as soon as we can.  You can pay via the DONATE button on our website at www.ashantidevelopment.org, or we’ll tell you where to send a cheque or a bank transfer

 

Seeing Further

After a being closed for a long time because of covid19, our eye clinic recently opened to long queues of patients. We’ve no money for cataract operations right now (we’re saving up) but Agnes, our optometrist, gave a lot of people better sight through prescription spectacles. Here are photos of just some of them. They look pretty happy about their specs.

 

Full stomachs for thirty villages

Sorry for the silence. We’ve been busy doing housekeeping stuff including taking on a new  recruit to help with next year’s farming. This is going to be fantastic. Our farm support project will cover thirty villages for four years and during that time farmers in the thirty communities will get farm training and loans to buy quality farm inputs.

And because they pay back the loan with interest each year after harvest, and each spring we lend them what they’ve just paid back (ie loan plus interest), the loan fund keeps its value in real terms and is ready for us to lend out in the new villages.

Farmers who go through our farm support scheme say their harvest doubles or trebles in size in just one year, and after four it is much much bigger. We’re hoping this project will have a big impact on hunger across the whole area. The picture shows farmers receiving their loans before planting

Christmas Presents Sorted

We’ve been sending our dressmaking school in Ashanti items to copy which we think might make good Christmas presents. The school is run by Kofi, who trains 14 or 15 single mothers and they’re all excited by this new project.
We’re not really up to on-line selling yet, but some of our volunteers are running stalls in different parts of the country in the run-up to Christmas. We also sell most Saturdays in Camden Market, London but best ring us first and check if you’re thinking of going.
Kofi’s making cushion/duvet covers, hats, hairbands, bags and the items in the photos below.

New Project Planning

Nothing much going on in Ghana, but there’s a lot of rain coming down.
Here in London we went to visit the brilliant Orchid Project to ask for some advice on tackling female genital mutilation, which is practised by some of the tribes who are coming south and settling in Ashanti. These include the Fra-Fra, Dagati, Komkomba and probably a whole lot more we haven’t yet identified.
Orchid gave us a video and for starters, we’re going to run this in our clinics for waiting patients, and ask the nurses occasionally to interpret and maybe even to start a discussion. We also decided to try to educate communities about the terrible consequences of FGM at the same time as we’re training them in health and hygiene. It may depend on finding a senior person in the tribe to support us. We’ll have more thoughts later but would welcome any suggestions.
 

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