SpecSavers of Leicestershire have just returned from ten days in Ashanti, where they screened, treated, prescribed for or referred over 1,400 people. People came from all directions and from as far away as the northern regions of Ghana. They included important traditional rulers like the king of Nsuta, District Chief Executive Officers, and top government officials. Some of the pictures show the size of the daily queue.
The Ashantis (and Ashanti Development) are immensely grateful to SpecSavers for using their holidays and their own money to give sight to so many people. We had initially worried that local people, who are very poor, would just sell their spectacles on. We were wrong and in recent years when we visit remote villages we increasingly encounter people wearing tribal robes and spectacles – which look good together.
BIg thanks to Sara and Steve from Crofton Junior School in Bromley, who sent a crate of jumpers to their twinned school, Bonkron Primary in Ashanti. The smiles on the childrens’ faces speak for themselves.
Last Saturday we did our annual sponsored walk from St Pancras Old Church down the Canal to Limehouse. It rained almost all the way, which at least kept us cool. At Limehouse, we stopped for a beer or a cup of tea, and came back to central London by riverboat.
We raised £931 initially, but since then the total’s risen to £1,306, and we’re told it’s likely to go even higher. Thank you so much to everyone who took part and specially to Albert Antwi (sitting with his hands up) for organising it. Here are some Before and After pictures.
A while ago, we reported on two new villages, Timber Nkwanta and Domeabra, located not far from Abuontem. They’re not on any map, but Nicholas discovered them when he was running a latrine project at Abuontem.
Brilliant news! Timber Nkwanta has found itself a sponsor in the shape of a joint project by barristers Joanna Lampert and Tom Weekes, and after just three days they’ve collected half the £6,500 needed. If you’d like to help, there’s a MyDonate page for Timber.
Joanna and Tom are asking their friends in the legal profession to contribute, and hoping that way to widen Ashanti Development’s contacts, and maybe even find a few more village sponsors.
Softwire, a London-based computer company, has long been a sponsor of Bonkron village, and provided them with sanitation, a kindergarten and other benefits.
Crofton Primary School is twinned with Bonkron Primary School. The two schools communicate in writing or via Skype.
Softwire and Crofton collaborated to provide Bonkron Primary with a fully-equipped IT room, as shown in the photo. This will increase the children’s life chances immeasurably.