Right now there is an education crisis all over Ghana. In poor farming communities like Kwahu Tafo the number of children not attending basic school is growing at an alarming rate. A donation of $10 a month will help us attack this problem head on.
I read in the New York Times, (yes, I get the NYT) that the median age of the people of Africa on the whole is 20! That’s a lot of young people getting ready to enter into adulthood. Our goal here in Tafo is to prepare these young people for the future. Education is one of our main goals and we are constantly bombarded with requests to aid with school fees for primary, secondary and tertiary education. We try our best to help but find that at times we are unable to assist.
This month was a busy one for us. We are at the end of the eye surgery program and to our great relief and satisfaction it was almost a 100% success. Only one patient had any problems but she was shuttled over to Komfo Anokye Hospital in Kumasi. Dr. Agyeman was able to take care of her and now she is doing fine. The doctor visits this week for a final review of each surgery patient and I hope to report a 100% success rate. This wonderful program was thanks to the very generous donation from Bombus Stiftelsen, based in Stockholm, Sweden.
The whole of the Kwahu ridge has been under a no noise order due to the death of the paramount chief of our area. The rule is silence until after his burial and believe me this is a hard thing for people in Ghana. Music and drumming is a way of life here and it is always loud.
On our last trip to Accra we visited with our friend Eric who is a traditional drummer extraordinaire. He and his friends did a little impromptu drum-playing concert for us. Living in Accra the ban on noise does not affect them. It was fabulous. I purchased a couple of his drums in hopes of using them for our fundraisings efforts when we return to Seattle in February.
And of course the HOLIDAY season has arrived. Thanksgiving we survived (without turkey) and didn’t watch any football (we don’t have a TV)…Christmas and Chanukah are just round the corner, then New Years. This will be our second year here in Tafo during these wonderful times and we do miss all of our friends and relatives back “home”. But, as is said, home is where the heart is and I will say our hearts are here in Tafo for the time being.
We continue to stay healthy though there is, as I reported last month, a Cholera epidemic in our country. We have been fortunate here in Tafo with only 5 cases of cholera reported and no deaths. We are trying desperately to get the word out about this disease and how to prevent it. Our friend Charles has taken it upon himself to initiate a community education program and is visiting schools, churches and individual homes to spread the word. He is also talking about Ebola, which has not visited this country yet, thank God or as we say here, Nyame Adom, (by God’s grace). If you don’t know about cholera and would like to know more, there is a short animated video on the Internet called The Story of Cholera. A visit to this site is worth the effort so you can learn what Cholera is all about and to get a better idea of some of our challenges.
Our goal is Education for All. That is a lofty goal and one that is unobtainable but we set the bar high to challenge you, our donors, to get the job done and us. We are looking for donors to donate $5 – $10 a month to Yeko Anim for our programs here in Tafo. I did some research and found that the average coffee drinking American spends over $600 a year on coffee. Hey, $5 is just two cups of coffee more or less.
Help us make a difference and go to our web site www.yekoanim and make that monthly donation of $5 – $10 or more…it won’t hurt you but it certainly will help us out a lot. A $5 donation will provide 30 meals and a 500ml packet of pure water to a needy pupil! See, your donation really does go a long way. Help us spread the word to reach our goal of $50,000 to help support the programs of Yeko Anim.
Remember we are a registered 501(c)(3) and your donations are tax deductible. We are charged a minimum 5% by Kids First Enterprise for administrative fees and all the rest goes towards our programs. So please if you can find it in your hearts (and pocketbooks) to help, do so. Your generosity will go a long way and again would be deeply appreciated
That’s my pitch for the year. May all of you enjoy a most blessed and happy holiday season and may all of your wishes come true.
We send our love to you all,
Dutch & BL