Sorry for the long silence. A very nasty computer virus was to blame. I’m waiting for people to send in photos of Taste of Ghana, so I can put them on the website. Meanwhile, here’s one of our newest volunteer, Saulius Sliackus from Lithuania, with his wife and with the driving force for the day – Martha, who had spent the preceding week peeling yams and slicing plantain. It was a lovely day, with lots of Ashanti Development volunteers and supporters, and others on the point of joining us. I’ll put up more photos when I can.
Come and join us to celebrate a decade of amazing work by Ashanti Development – and party Ghanaian style! There will be plenty of traditional Ghanaian food, music, village gifts and souvenirs, and a chance to find out how all the money raised is improving lives across the Ashanti region in Ghana.
All proceeds in aid of Ashanti Development – Registered Charity Number 1133517
The Tenants’ Hall, Underneath Tresham, Lambs Conduit Passage, London WC1R 4RE –View Map
It’s raining in Ghana but despite that the work on Ankumadua Clinic is continuing and the building is now up to lintel level. When it’s finished, we’ll hand it over to the District to run. They’re very happy about it, as it will provide health care for people who’ve previously had none – we’ve been told horrible stories about sick people being driven on the back of a motor bike for miles to the nearest clinic and dropping dead when they got there
Last week, a six day eye clinic took place in Gyetiase, run by a team from Okonfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, and led by Dr Peter Osei-Bonsu. The team consisted of four ophthalmologist, six optometrists, five ophthalmic nurses, two technicians and one driver. They were joined by Ashanti Development’s Agnes Oppong and some supporting staffs.
In all, 1,123 people were seen, 103 cataract surgeries were performed and over 1600 spectacles dispensed. Dave Banks, Ashanti Development’s teacher trainer who happened to be in Gyetiase, comments that the clinic was ‘absolutely amazing. It was very busy all week and very well organised by Nicholas.” he says.
“The guys from Kumasi along with Agnes and a whole group of supporting staff worked so hard and the atmosphere was so positive,” adds Dave. Kay (his wife) spent the week dispensing glasses and I was able to help out on a couple of days – we both agreed it had been a privilege to part of it all. Needless to say the people being given spectacles, eye care and operations were so happy and grateful. Wow, what a week,” he says.
Best of all, the hospital team are promising to come back next year.
We had a great concert here in Central London on Tuesday, with performers including Jonathan Reid and Henry Roche (both pianists); Simon Wall and Nan Atichatpong (tenors) and Elizabeth Weisberg (soprano); and Mary Mundy on the cello. Music included work by Schumann, Beethoven, Quilter and Chopin.
It was a lovely evening, in a beautiful church (St Pancras New Church) full of friends and supporters. What could be better! Here’s a picture of Henry introducing some music.