Our valued and much-loved Trustee, Alan Cartwright, died in December 2016. Having lived and worked in Africa, Alan always hoped that CDUK would find a suitable project to support on that continent but our paths had moved in other directions.
CDUK were then led to an ageing primary school in Mampong, Ashanti, West Africa that really needed our help, and we decided to dedicate the project to Alan’s Memory. The school needed water, a new classroom, a kitchen/storeroom, and stationery; it lacked all basic necessities.
The 176 pupils, aged 4-12 are from lo2-waged or unemployed cocoa farmers and miners, are children who have to compete with their city peers, but have often never even seen a computer.
After researching, the CDUK chairman visited the school, met with the Chief, the Headmaster, teachers, villagers, and pupils and agreed on a path forward.
CDUK agreed to fund a borehole to supply water to the school. We had to go down 100 meters, but we finally found it! The Chief and his advisors came to approve the finished water supply.
CDUK, the Headmaster, and the Chief had agreed that the pupils, teachers and villagers would work the land to provide food for the children, many of whom were severely malnourished, which prevents their ability to develop and learn and move on to secondary education.
Ladies at a sewing club in Stratford-upon-Avon made bags for the children and dresses from pillowcases. Because the teachers, villagers, and pupils worked so hard with CDUK, we decided to fund new classrooms for the school, as some of their old classrooms had been washed away by heavy storms.
CDUK funded a a new building, and the people from the village are helping out. Now the children are learning in their new classroom supplied by the money raised by our wonderful volunteers.
Moving forward, we would like to build a lean-to thatched kitchen with cooking facilities provided by biogas. The village has a plentiful supply of animal manure to fuel this type of cooker, which will prevent them from cutting down trees for fuel.
We are also considering the viability of a goat herd for the village which would supply milk and aid the development of young children. Many of the children are severely undernourished which prevents their ability to learn so a mid-day meal at school would help in many ways.