Great harvest in Ashanti this year!

There’s going to be a great harvest in Ashanti this year, all the more so if you’re on Ashanti Development’s farm support scheme. The first two photos show Nana Ababio, who will start harvesting maize next week, and the rest are of Kwabena Asiamah farming green pepper farm.


Signing the Future

Signing the Future
This new signpost stands at the junction of the main road and the Bonkron road to the Gyetiase (or Jetiase) eye clinic. We’re not sure why patient and doctor look so European, as few Europeans are likely to visit – except of course for the Ashanti volunteers who probably won’t be asking for treatment.
The signpost is going up because our clinic has recently obtained government registration and is finally open for business.

Ashanti Development’s Tenth Anniversary Party

Ashanti Development’s tenth anniversary was celebrated on Saturday July 27.  The Ashantis cooked us a wonderful Ghanaian meal, Mike made us a birthday cake, and despite the weather everyone seemed to have a good time.  Thousands of photos were taken.  Here are  just a few.


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.

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