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Tree-Planting Project

Low rainfall this summer meant that many saplings, planted as part of our tree-planting project, didn’t survive.

The project depends on children in their last three years of school being given a sapling to look after, with prizes for the best. The photos show enthusiastic school children queuing up for or planting their replacement saplings.

A stroll down the canal

How about joining on Ashanti Development’s annual sponsored walk down the Regent’s Canal.   It’s always a very pleasant event, and a good time for volunteers, supporters and people who might like to volunteer at some unspecified future date to meet each other.

The walk will be held on Saturday 6 October 2012 starting at 2pm at St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, London NW1.  You can see the route we’ll follow at http://www.thames-path.org.uk/thames_island_gardens_embankment.html

For registration and instructions, please email [email protected], and we’ll come right back to you.

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.’

Awanya Latrines Good To Go

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.

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