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We Found Her!

Helpers resizeTwo years ago Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope installed a computer lab at St. Paul’s Junior High School in an effort to help the students pass the B.E.C.E., Basic Education Certification Examination. All students in Ghana must pass this exam in order to enroll in High School.

Since its inception in 2004, St. Paul’s has not had any student pass this exam. The new computer lab, installed by Every Village Computer Organization, is equipped to help Ghanaian children learn skills needed for this exam.

The girl wearing the red t-shirt is Susanna Aryeetey. This photo is several years ago. Susanna is now 15 and will be taking the exam next month. The Head Master at St. Paul’s recently called to tell me that Susanna is certain to pass this test with flying colors. Way to go Susanna.

Susanna, her mom, dad, three sisters, aunt, and grandmother live in the village of Akramaman. Their house is a small three room structure made from mud bricks, similar to this one.


They grow cassava, own a few goats and chickens, cook outside, and her dad is a tailor.

All of the girls attended St. Paul’s Preschool. Mr. Aryeetey has been very involved with the P.T.A. at the school and has been instrumental in seeing that his girls have a good education.

Susanna attended Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope Reading Camps and has even returned to Reading Camp to become a classroom aid. She is currently in eighth grade.

I am so excited. This news is HUGE for this village and for Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope.

Thanks to donors who participated in the 2016 Giving Challenge sponsored by The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, GMH will be able to offer Susanna The Beacon of Hope Scholarship for her high school years. This $400 per year scholarship will enable Susanna’s family to buy her uniforms, pay for her books and school supplies, as well as any other items she may need. Susanna will be the first but we are ready with more scholarships as girls continue to make headway in education. I will be sure to keep everyone posted on Susanna progress.

Our deepest gratitude goes to The Community Foundation of Sarasota County for sponsoring the 2016 Giving Challenge and The Patterson Foundation for matching your gift. Their bounteousness is boundless in offering hope to those in need.


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First Day of Reading Camp: through the eyes

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Online vs In Line Shopping

While talking with my husband the other night he questioned why I needed to be in Ghana two weeks before my team arrives to run the Reading Camp. Well, a lot has to do with online vs in line shopping. There is no online shopping here in Ghana, so everything is in line or the queue. With a list of things to do and purchase as long as my arm, traffic jams that make New York City look like a country road, and crowded, maze-like markets, it is a wonder that I only need two weeks.


Today Mercia and I needed to purchase eight dozen t-shirts. We use 12 dozen for Reading Camp but thankfully Ascension Episcopal Church, Westminster, MD, sent four dozen with me. The t-shirt shop is deep in Makola Market in Accra. This is the market for locals, however, after 13 years of shopping there, everybody knows my name.

The queue at the shop consists of a long bench and two plastic chairs. I waited for 90 minutes, moving along the bench to the chairs to get closer to being served. Finally, it was my turn. I chose red, orange, yellow and lime green shirts for the children. Of course the ones I wanted were on the top shelf so the shopkeeper had to get a long ladder, climb to the top and throw them down. Once the eight dozen t-shirts were packed in a large plastic bag, I couldn’t even lift it. We employed Gladys, one of the market porters who couldn’t weigh 90 pounds soaking wet, to carry the load: 30 umbrellas, my eight dozen t-shits, two dozen t-shirts Mercia bought and I think a pot or two. The 30 umbrellas belong to a totally different story.


I truly am in awe at what these girls can carry. Once those items were safely in our car, we turned our attention to fabric. One of the reasons I shop online at home is so I am not tempted to buy more than I need. Fabrics are both mine and Mercia’s weakness. How can I choose just one? Luckily for me I was buying for a friend and I needed to pick out four fabrics. Plus I needed one for the team, maybe one or two more? Imagine miles of fabrics.


Okay, ten fabrics, a coconut, some pineapple, grilled plantains and small bag of ground nuts later, we had spent four hours shopping for fabric. Since it was now after 5 o’clock, our drive home would test our nerves, but for sure, we will be returning to the market tomorrow and many other days. If only amazon could deliver the 200 pounds of rice we need to buy directly to the villages.

This Was Definitely A Life Changing Experience

By Deborah Albert


At the start of my second year at university I was determined to do something life-changing, I didn’t know exactly what that would entail but I definitely wanted to challenge myself and the skills set I thought I had already. Little did I know that this trip be so character building and invaluable.

The purpose of my trip was to travel to villages in Ghana as a promoter and educator of health and good sanitation. Upon arriving, I met the Health Team I would be working with for the first time. I arrived in Ghana on the 15th of July and remember feeling so overwhelmed and excited. This had been my first time in Ghana, or any West African country at that, and I was excited to explore the different landmarks, understand the culture, meet new people, try new foods, and of course carry out the mission I had been planning for so many months – all of which I did successfully!


Being a West African, Nigerian, 20 year old myself, I knew it was a long time coming. I was just hoping that my hotel had some form of wifi because as shallow as it may sound, I couldn’t imagine what it’d be like to go two weeks without any form of social media interaction because that was my main form of communication in London. In retrospect, this was a very minor sacrifice and was well worth it!


Before the first team briefing, I was required to help wash 120 buckets needed for the program. I found this to be more enjoyable than it sounded. I remember it being really hot at mid-day so the fact that I was standing with my feet bare foot under the tap when I was washing up made it a bearable task.  I found that the most overwhelming part of working at the first Ada village was getting on the small wooden boat as I had a strong fear of water but I somehow managed to conquer it as I kept the mothers who would need my help in mind.


Later in the week the team travelled by bus for nine hours on dirt roads to a northern, mountainous area of the Volta Region. We stayed in that region for two nights. The remote village of Sabram houses 3 communities. Heavy rain occurred throughout the day. There was large attendance by villagers in a very small building with a tin roof. I persevered even when the monsoon like rain pelted the tin roof making it impossible to hear, it was a very challenging yet rewarding experience.


This was definitely a life changing experience and am glad I had the support of the my friends and family. I would definitely recommend everyone embark on a mission to give back to those that most need care!

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