Time for Tennis?

Time for Tennis? The Wimbledon Foundation has kindly offered us two Centre Court tickets for the Championships for Thursday 7 July. We’re going to auction these on-line to raise funds for Ashanti Development. The normal price for these tickets is £210 each, ie £420 for two. If you are interested in bidding, please let us know your best offer before Thursday June 9. The winner will be informed and told how to access their tickets on June 12. PS. Save The Dates Our annual summer party, A Taste of Ghana, will be held on Saturday August 6 from 4.30 to 7.30pm. And our sponsored walk down the Canal from St Pancras to Limehouse will be held on Saturday 24 September at 2.30pm – details to follow.

Free Food for Toddlers

Ashanti Development is very grateful to All Saints Church in Fleet for raising enough money to provide thirty children with free school dinners for a year. We know that since we started giving these the children look much stronger and healthier, and the mothers, of course, feel a great burden has been lifted from their shoulders.
Thank you so much, All Saints, from us and from all the children and their parents.
 

De-Worming Project

We’ve raised funds to buy worm tablets for children across two local authority areas and last week 1,400 received their first treatment of the year. The cost of tablets plus the costs of travel and community sensitization is 50p a child. This last is important, since many village people have never taken tablets and without sensitisation parents may refuse treatment for their children because they are afraid.
The children in the photos are holding up their packets of medication and are very happy.   They know the tablets will make a world of difference to their health and comfort.

Thanking Freddie

We want to thank to Freddie, our newest volunteer, who appears in the first photo. Freddie ran a half-marathan to collect money to sponsor a village, and then he went to Ashanti to choose which village to help.
He chose Mantukwa, a village of migrants who had walked south from the Sahel to escape the ravages of climate change. Consequently they have almost no possessions and are among the poorest of the poor.
The community were very appreciative of the chance Freddie offered them and worked at top speed to build their latrines before he left the country.
 
We want to join with Mantukwa in saying how grateful we are to Freddie, both for choosing Mantukwa and for choosing us.

Saying Goodbye To Hunger

We’re not big-headed but can’t help thinking our Farm Support Project is brilliant – and indeed there’s evidence that the Ghana government used it as a model for its own national agricultural policy. It consists of giving villages four years training in farming and marketing, and Ghc.500 loans to buy quality agricultural inputs. The loans are repaid with interest after harvest and keep their value, so after four years the money and training can be moved to new villages.
We’re running the project today in thirty villages, and hope within a year it will have eradicated hunger from all of them.
Here are some photos taken in the village of Timber Nkwanta, where Nicholas Aboagye, our Ghana director (wearing the orange T-shirt) is giving out the loans.
On the day after International Women’s Day, we’d like to add that we always favour women farmers, give them special help if necessary and are aiming for the project to be 50:50 men:women.

Desks For Esereso

We recently built a school for Esereso village, as the school the community built themselves blew away in a storm. The school we built was much larger as we knew that as soon as term started more children would come out of the bush and enroll. But we’ve only now managed to raise funds for desks for the children, who used to sit on the floor during lessons.

 

Volunteer in Mampong Hospital

We’re looking for medical staff who’d like to volunteer in Mampong Government Hospital for, say, 2 weeks to 6 months. They’ll have to pay their own fares and vaccinations, but Ashanti Development will provide free board, lodging, washing, internet and transport to and from work.
There are 98 beds in the hospital’s general wing and a further 56 elsewhere. Treatable conditions such as malaria are by far the highest cause of admission to the general wing, followed by anaemia, pneumonia, diarrhoea, typhoid, hypertension and diabetes. There’s a big maternity wing too.
Please tell anyone you think might be interested, and here’s a photo of the hospital.

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

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