Weʼre raising £2,000 to help a village school have basic resources in Ghana
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Abia DA Basic School is a village school in Prampram in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
It was started about 20 years ago in a wooden shack. (P) It now educates 275 children from kindergarten to 15 years old, in two classroom blocks. They are taught by dedicated teachers who do their best with basic resources. (P)
My friend Felicia has been supporting the school since its inception and her concern and desire for the pupils influenced me to send books to the school a few years ago. (P) I had no plans to get further involved but when I visited her again in Ghana early on this year we went to the school several times, and I could not help but take note of the huge disparity between their resources and what I consider basic in the UK. I was deeply affected by the Arts Teacher, who had to forage for wood to make a table needed for his class. (picture).
The current basic resources are clearly inadequate
The disparity has enthused me to join Felicia in wanting to increase the school’s access to better resources. To me education has been a fundamental aspect of my life and I firmly believe that it is the only way out of poverty. These children and teachers are so motivated that I really believe with little investment and support, we will be giving them the opportunity to realise so much potential.
The dream of the school is to have an Information, Communications and Technology Centre with a library. However, when asked about their immediate need, they asked for help to build wall cabinets for storage for the classrooms. I was humbled by their modest request and made a commitment with Felicia to raise the funds needed.
Since my late teens I have given and being a member of several charities. Those who know me are aware of my support for children in need, supporting relationships in families, church causes; mostly UK or Grenadian based charities, however the condition of the school was such I had to do this. Please help us raise £2000 towards the wall cabinets. Any amount is welcomed. The funds will be managed by Felicia who will ensure every penny is spent on the school. We will post pictures of its progress and account for all money spent.
We welcome any ideas or support to raise funds for the school’s continued development and thank everyone in advance for their contribution. THANK YOU.
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