Abene Primary School is the name of the school that she attended and is where I spent a month of my time last year. I wanted to go back and donate some of the money to them. I did this in the form of having a toilet block built for them, whiteboards in every classroom and new tables and chairs for the teacher’s staff room. I also took out watches, shoes, maths and science sets etc, for the teachers to award the pupils who deserved them the most and who also needed them the most. In addition to school equipment, I also took various sports equipment with me as sport is so big in Ghana but the right equipment is unavailable to them.
Many people also donated suitcases of clothes, and also school books and pens/paper, which were received by the schools and outreach villages, every last item went to a very grateful home!
By the time it was due for me to fly home, I was very satisfied with my two-month trip and everything I had achieved during my time in the volunteer house. The donations enabled me to fulfill my dream of going back and doing these amazing things, which may not seem like much to you or I, but to the locals and children of the schools and villages, it is the hope and the help that they need to carry on being the most amazing, loving, generous, happiest country I have ever been to, and would encourage anyone who can, to get over there and see for yourself!
Since this experience I have decided to start up my own charity helping children in Africa gain access to better education and equipment, and to help improve the quality of life in villages in any way I can … watch this space!
Read my personal blog at http://www.aroundtheorbis.com/volunteering-abroad-101/
A massive thank you to everyone who helped, either with donations or helped me with the Go For Ghana event!