Dan’s Blog – May 2015

This week, we welcomed scores of football fans to our project bases in Ghana and Kenya as we kicked off our close-season volunteer programme.

Over 80 supporters from Derby County, Aston Villa, West Ham United and Burton Albion football clubs are working across seven projects over the next fortnight to help provide a range of support that will benefit over 1,500 children.

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We often hear that sport can provide a bridge between cultures and a positive tool to change the world. Given the arrests in Zurich earlier this week of some of FIFA’s top officials, the beautiful game has looked far less attractive all of a sudden. Allegations of corruption have dogged the world’s governing body for most of Sepp Blatter’s 18-year presidency. Whether or not he wins this week’s presidential election remains to be seen but, whatever the outcome, it will take many more years to regain faith in the organisation.

However, faith in the sport we love itself cannot be questioned when you take a look at some of the images emerging from our groups in the Volta region of Ghana and Rift Valley region of Kenya.

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The teams are working on a raft of new developments that include new kitchens, new classrooms, feeding programme support and teaching support. In addition to the volunteers themselves, credit must be shared across Tom, our Projects & Foundation Co-ordinator, African Adventures’ staff in Ghana and Kenya and the projects themselves for making this happen – the results will be fantastic.

Whilst many volunteers in the groups are experiencing their first trip with us, we are very grateful to those who are returning for their first taste of African Adventures and the work we do.

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I am also pleased to confirm that funds from our recent fundraising dinner are now in-country and the following charitable grants have been approved:

  • Purchase a 10,000 litre water tank at Love For All, to ensure that the project has continued water security.
  • Help The Young Shall Grow International in Ghana fund breakfast and lunch for 160 children whose families cannot afford to buy school meals.
  • Purchase an energy saving cooker for Ronaken school which will greatly improve the quality and efficiency of cooking meals for the school’s feeding programme.
  • Construct a chicken and poultry farm at Mama Kerry project. William Othieno, Project Co-ordinator at Mama Kerry, says that a poultry farm “will give the project a small earning to buy stationery, food and cover other expenditures needed daily at the school”.

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  • Purchase desperately-needed medical supplies and a shower for the maternity ward at Tegbi Clinic in Ghana.
  • Replace classroom roofs at Hadassah Mission School which are leaking during the rainy season.
  • Install electricity at Woe E.P School so that the recently added IT suite will have electrical power needed for the classes to take place.
  • Construct a new kitchen and classroom at St. Trizah School, which will help the school to move from their current rented site and on to the school site which was purchased last year.

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Thank you so much to everybody who attended the African Adventures Foundation Fundraiser Dinner. For our first event, we were absolutely delighted to raise over £10,000 and, despite the hard work, it was worth every second. I would like to thank all the UK office staff for helping to make the night happen – I couldn’t be more pleased to work with a group of people who were so happy to go above and beyond to make the night a success.

Before you ask; of course, we’ll be doing another next year!

All the best,

Dan

UK Development Manager

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