Mprim’s Big Day

Mprim is one of the largest villages in our area. It’s already got clean water but has waited for years for a donor to sponsor it for sanitation.
The news is that Softwire, a wonderful computer company, has offered to pay for the materials needed for the community to build itself one latrine for each household.
The photos were taken at a recent meeting in Mprim. The villagers were told that a bargain was on offer: Softwire, working through Ashanti Development, would provide the materials for the laqtrines, but they must do all the unskilled labour themsleves. Of course they accepted.
This is one of the big days in their lives.

Army Worm

Image may contain: outdoorWe’ve been visited by the agricultural extension officer to check on reported infestations of army worm. Army worms – see the photo – turn into moths, and can destroy whole harvests in no time at all. According to Wikipedia, “the larvae often exhibit marching behaviour when travelling to feeding sites, leading to the common name “armyworm.”

Luckily, we have quite a big farm support programme underway, as a result of which the farmers spotted the army worms early on, and knew where to turn for help.

That aside, the yam and maize crops in particular are said to be looking very good this year, so not much hunger in the villages.

New clinics

There are two main roads to the north from our area, and we built a clinic halfway up the right hand one a few years ago. Most of its work is in maternity or snake bite and by now it must have saved umpteen lives.

Meanwhile, the villages on the left had virtually no healthcare provision until we were lucky enough to get a grant from Swiss charity BasAid to build them a clinic too. The photos show the work so far. The exact location was chosen by the local authority and is at the village of Nyinampong. Nyinampong people are ecstatic with joy.

Cataract operations continue

Last year we were lucky enough to get a grant for cataract operations from HANDS International and the Muslim Community and Education Centre. Eyes have special problems in Ashanti, partly because of the sun and partly because the area is on an old trading route from North Africa across the Sahara, and the traders brought a very virulent form of conjunctivitis. So there’s a lot of blindness and poor sight, which is terribly difficult to cope with if you’re a farmer.

We used half the grant last year, and then there was a pause while we assessed more patients. Last week, we used the remainder. A report is awaited, and we don’t yet know how many operations were carried out or what the success rate was, but here are some photos of the lucky ones.

Going to Asasebonsu

Dave came across the little village of Asasebonsu recently. It’s in the middle of nowhere – you can only reach it by canoe. And it needs everything desperately, including the basics like clean water, latrines, hygiene training. The trouble is that it’s going to be mega-expensive to get all the materials safely across the stream. Here’s a video so you can see what we mean.

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