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The Eye Of God

Onyameani means The Eye of God. It is the name of a very pretty village we visited last month. When we arrived, the community were waiting for us and were dancing to pass the time. They were very friendly and welcoming, though we smelt alcohol on some of the men. The village stands on the site of a cocoa farm, destroyed by fire in 1983. The inhabitants are northeners, recruited […]

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Second sight

Here’s a little interview with Mr Fuseini Amadu, Chief of Galiba Village, 75 years old, who has just had a second cataract operation, thanks to Hands International and the MCEC. Nana Fuseini used to live in Yendi, Northern Ghana, where he farmed yam, cocoyam and maize. He is a member of the Dagomba tribe and his first language is Dabani rather than the Twi spoken by local people. He came […]

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Lending a helping hand

We’ve been given an amazing donation from the Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS), to be spent on cataract operations in the Ashanti. Our home village, Gyetiase, has an eye clinic with an operating theatre, funded and equipped by SpecSavers. When we have identified enough patients who need cataract operations, we employ surgeons from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to come and operate on them. We are eternally short of money […]

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The same but different

We’re currently building latrines in two villages, Afromano and Bobin. Now that the rains are with us, work in Aframano has come to a halt. The roads are very bad, sometimes impassable, and it’s terribly difficult to work in these conditions. On top of that, Aframano is a long way from town and people have picked up very limited building skills, for example, they have to be taught to make […]

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The value of training

Dave, our teacher-trainer, has been working via Skype and Whatsapp over the last few weeks, delivering training to all eight District circuit supervisors plus two teachers from the schools for which each has responsibility. The training focused on specific techniques which teachers are expected to use when planning their lessons. It aimed to further increase pupil talk and engagement. Dave’s working closely with Samuel, one of the circuit supervisors whom […]

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