Abhijit Roy and his SpecSavers shop sponsor the neighbouring villages of Mpantuase and Nkwabrim in Ghana’s Ashanti Region.
On a 50:50 basis, Ab and his staff have donated enough money to provide the villages with one latrine per household, to train them in health and hygiene, and to work with their existing organisations (elected village council, chief and elders, water and sanitation committee etc) so they are strong enough to maintain the improvements when Ashanti Development are gone.
The villages are mega-grateful, and when Ab visited recently they made him a chief. So from now on, those in the know call him ‘Nana Ab.’
Great news! Volunteer Paul Kalinauckas’ crowdfunding project raised over £5,500 for Awanya village. The job of providing each home with its own personal household latrine – according to WaterAid, a much better solution that communal latrines to serve whole villages – will start very shortly.
We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed. Your names will be included in a book, to be held permanently at Awanya. This means that if many years from now you decide to visit Ghana and drop in on Awanya, the village should know who you are and give you a big welcome.
Antonella Sinopoli is a journalist and documentary maker as well as being founder of Ashanti Development Italia. Her latest work, White Arrogance, is an ebook which aims tohighlight prejudices spread by the Western media about the African continent. Published by Quintadicopertina, the text is based on direct evidence from the web, blogs and social networks. It is part of a collaborative publishing project by organisations active in human rights and freedom of information (website reference to Ping the World)
White Arrogance will be available soon in ePub, PDF and Mobipocket and at Amazon and all major on-line stores. Antonella is generously offering half the profits to Ashanti Development.
Awanya village will benefit from volunteer Paul Kalinauckas’ project to raise £5,000 to Develop A Village in Ashanti.
Somehow or other, Awanya has learned the connection between hygiene and disease, and is desperate to have household latrines for the whole community. It’s now ringing two or three times a week to see how much money has been raised so far. Please contribute – £10 is enough – by going the Crowdfunder website.
Ashanti Development Italia recently organised a lunch in Padua to raise funds to build a kindergarten in Adutwam village, Ashanti.
Among the sixty guests were Alfred and Colin, two sons of Mr HK Marfo, our Director of Programmes in Ashanti.
After presentations from the hosts, Alfred and Colin and their wives, all wearing tribal robes, sang a traditional song to thank everyone present, including the organisers and helpers, for their great generosity.
Penny spoke recently with Zoe Cunningham from Central London community radio station Zone One Radio about our Adopt a Village programme. Listen to the interview below and get in touch if you’re interested in getting involved.
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Last week saw the commissioning of a new kindergarten for Kruwi village. It’s very important for villages to have kindergartens, so parents can leave their toddlers in safety while they go to work on their farms.
Kruwi spent a day rejoicing when their kindergarten was finally up and running. The opening ceremony was presided over by the local authority Chief Executive.