On the 2nd Feb the GSA committee met and heard reports from some of the Schools and Projects funded in 2022. Here below is a summary of the nine Schools which reported back to us.
Three of them did not send pictures, they are:
Gbanjon AME Zion Primary School, Tamale, Northern Region. Provision of 40 dual desks.
Hartley Trust School, Kasoa, suffered badly from flooding, a lot of work has been done including securing the footings and re-doing gutters.
Zugu Dagboni Technical Institute, Tamale (Northern Region) 50 dual desks and office furniture. We have received a letter of thanks.
The following six Schools sent pictures:
1 Manyiha no 1 Basic School (Ahafo Region). We sent a grant for toilets completed in 2022 and a second grant for tables and chairs, the work is in progress.
2. Ahwerase Presbyterian Primary School (Eastern Region). We sent a grant for more furniture for their computer room needed because of the increase in pupil numbers.
3. Walewale Technical Institute (Northeast Region) The 6-unit KVIP Toilet Block has been completed.
4. Nambiri Primary School (Northern Region) Teachers quarters have been renovated thanks to an application by Abigail, a contact on our Youtube Channel.
5. Zuarungu Moshi (U.E.R.) A new urinal has been built and the foundations and supporting walls of the school have been reinforced.
6. AfriKids (Bolgatanga U.E.R.) We helped fund an IT Project in four Primary Schools in “extreme rural” situations, providing 50 Tablets in each school. Our contribution is for the security of the equipment and was helped by an anonymous donation from a GSA member.
We held our AGM by zoom only on 16 June. About 20 people attended. I can report that we will continue with the present application for grants procedure, asking our representatives in Ghana to be intermediaries. So, no “windows” for the present, because we do not have the resources to meet demand. Your executive committee was re-elected, nem con, and we enjoyed a great slide presentation from our Hon Sec, Jo Hallett. The latest accounts can be viewed on our accounts page.
I have permission to reproduce here the kind words of supporter Miles Stevenson from Sheffield, Yorkshire:
Dear Penny, Many thanks for the latest Newsletter. It is a huge pleasure to read about all the excellent work which Ghana School Aid is doing. I really like the little fundraising flyers you have included… indeed I have sent one to a friend already to encourage him to donate (we “swapped” charities after a 20km walk through the Peak District: I’ll do “bees” if he will do “Ghana”!). I think it would be a v. good idea to continue including a couple of fundraising flyers with future mailshots. A very good way of getting your supporters to spread the word. […] I wish all of you well, especially your new Chair – a great person to recruit. Best wishes from Yorkshire, Miles.
Your committee has met recently and was able to discuss our finances. They are healthy but would not be able to satisfy the great demand coming from Ghanaian schools. Regretfully, we cannot therefore open any windows for applications. Instead we rely on personal recommendation, particularly through our representatives in Ghana. The following schools have sent us heartening feedback (photos to follow shortly): Aperade SHS; Aruofa DA BasicSchool; Diasibe AME Zion Primary School; Walewale Technical College; Kyekywere Basic School.
We were able to allocate grants to the following: Hia Community Library; Kyekywere Basic School; Manhyia Basic School; Ahwerase Presbyterian Primary School. Those were follow-up grant to enable completion of a project. The four new grants were for: Gbanjon AME Zion Primary School; Kanvilli Presbyterian JHS; Gung AME Zion Primary School; Zugu Dabogni Technical Institute. We look forward to receiving feedback from those institutions in due course.
There are so few registrations for the AGM that the committee has decided to cancel the venue and hold the meeting as a hybrid, using ZOOM. The plan is for the committee to meet in person and all other participants join via ZOOM at 2pm British Summer Time on Thursday 16th June 2022. If you haven’t already done so, please email either Penny Sewell or [email protected] to ensure that you will receive the link.
This means a considerable loss of income for GSA as the AGM and Reunion Lunch are traditionally a fund-raising event. Please consider making a donation to GSA. You can do easily by using the link provided elsewhere on this website. Thank you very much in advance.