Akwaaba from Ghana!

Dan Mew

I have been at our volunteer base in the Volta region this week, working with our Ghana team to prepare for our upcoming trips and welcoming some new staff to the team.

Having travelled out to Ghana with volunteer groups for my last few visits, I have to say it’s a little quieter than normal. Well, I say that; the beat of a drum is never far away in this pocket of Ghana. We’ve also managed to catch the midweek Premier League games, so we’ve used the time well!

Siva, our Ghana Programme Director, and I spent the first couple of days of the week reviewing the many successes from 2015 and discussing ways to action some of the areas highlighted for development by both African Adventures staff and our volunteers over the past six months.

Project Development Ghana - Siva

As brilliant as it is to receive glowing feedback, as we often do, we have built the organisation on listening to the constructive feedback we receive because it is the only way we get better. We take a great deal of pride in our work and it is important that volunteers – both past and future – know we are constantly evolving what we do and how we do it.

We have managed to catch up with each of the projects we support ahead of our main meeting tomorrow. By keeping in close contact with our partner projects, we can provide the latest information to our upcoming volunteers and new photos to Foundation donors for recently completed work that they have helped to fund.

Project Development Ghana - Staff

It was particularly pleasing to see the results of the renovations at Tegbi clinic, to which we gave a £3,500 grant off the back of African Adventures Foundation’s 2015 fundraising dinner. The grant meant we could install brand-new fans in the maternity ward, install new mosquito-proof windows and paint the entire exterior of the ward, so that new mothers can look forward to giving birth in a little more comfort than before. The clinic still requires help and further modernisation and Siva wants to spend some of funds raised at the Foundation’s 2016 dinner, which takes place on 23rd April, there later this spring.

Project Development Ghana - Birthing Clinic

We are about to celebrate African Adventures’ 3rd birthday here in Ghana and, I have to say, it is so pleasing to see what our volunteers have achieved here in a relatively short period of time. From new computer suites at one school and two new Kindergarten classes at two others to new toilets and the clinic I mentioned above, we are making real traction in a close-knit community that has welcomed us with open arms. We have some pretty ambitious plans for the next three years and I am looking forward to seeing them come to fruition.

Project Development Ghana - Healthcare volunteering in Ghana

Finally, I am pleased to welcome four new members of staff to the Ghana team; Keymah (catering), Pierre (Trip Host), Vincent (Trip Host) and Godson (Trip Host). They will begin their roles later this month when we welcome our Easter programme volunteers to Ghana.

My next stop is Kenya, where we’ll do exactly the same with Alex and the in-country team there. I’ll provide you with an update from the Rift Valley this time next week.

Best wishes,

Dan Mew

UK Development Manager