We are distributing solar lamps to villages in the north of our area of operation. These villages have no electricity, but depend on battery powered lights or kerosene, which is harmful to the health. The lamps have kindly been donated by BasAid.
Dave, our semi-resident teacher-trainer in Ashanti, emails that ‘Jediako School is Falling Down.’ He sent us photos and says its one of the worse buildings he’s ever seen.
In our experience, it’s very hard to raise grants for school buildings. Can anyone out there make a suggestion as to how we could help?
To help prevent girls dropping out of school, we show them how to make six re-useable sanitary towels. Meanwhile, the boys get empathy classes. The project seems to be going really well.
We’ve been inspecting some of the farms on our farm support scheme. This provides training in modern farming methods as well as small loans for the farmers to buy good seeds, tubers, farm equipment and wellington boots to protect them from snakes.
The good news is that not only are the crops doing well, but some farmers have even broken an old taboo and are now using organic compost or even poultry droppings as compost. In the past, these were considered out of the question – unhygienic and unpleasant. Today, crops are already much improved, but are set to get a lot better still.
The photos are of Mr Dwumoh’s tomato farm and Kofi Obeng’s green pepper and ground nut farm.
New Saviour Benin now has corn and cassava mills. The corn mill was originally installed in Mprim village, but became the subject of many disputes. We decided it was beyond us to manage this sort of thing, and removed the equipment completely.
We gave it to New Saviour Benin village, where the people are very poor but seem more disciplined. We built a new shed for the machines and bought a new lister engine. The old one was repaired and is now in good shape.
The leader of the village (it’s not an ordinary village, but based on a religion) already knew how to run the machines, so he trained the other two operators. They will all be taught book-keeping skills in one month’s time. Now it just remains to see what happens.