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A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall

… as Bob Dylan would say.

The rains are not far off now, so in Ashanti they’re trying to fast track latrine projects. Here are some photos of Ohemaa-Dida village (Dida means we eat here, we sleep here – not sure about Ohemaa), where they’re busy digging, and constructing masonry slabs and moulding mud bricks for the buildings.

We were asked to bring latrines to Ohemaa-Dida by the Queen Mother, who believed it would help her village gain good health. Sadly, she died before we’d raised the money. She’d have been so pleased to see it all happening.

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Twin Coconut Trees

Nkubeta is the last village in a line of ten, and it’s lucky enough to be sponsored for latrines and hygiene training by Softwire Ltd, London-based producer of bespoke software systems. This is Softwire’s second sponsored village. They are making a real difference.
Nkubeta tell us that they came to the area from Denkira during the Ashanti Wars. They said that the Queen Mother of Petransa agreed to let them settle and told them to go into the forest and chose their own land. They did this, and came upon two coconut trees that were joined at the top. They decided to settle beside the trees and called their village Nkubeta, or ‘twin coconut trees.’

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Boreholes

Our three successful boreholes at Dagati, JY and Ankumadua have now been joined by a fourth, at Esereso. Here are some photos.

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Helping the Disabled

The photographs show the opening of our latest building – a centre for the disabled of Nsuta and District. The main donors, a Swiss charity called BasAid, sent representatives to the ceremony and were very impressed by the whole project. So little is provided for the disabled in Ghana that we feel this is one of the most worthwhile things we’ve done.

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