In September 2017 Hope for Ghana began its most ambitious project to date, building its first school. In the blog page “Ready To Build First School With Special Dedication” Hope for Ghana announced the new schoolhouse to be built in the remote, tiny village of Gakpokorpe, a poor village of farmers whose children now walk almost 3 kilometers each way to get to school every day.
Hope for Ghana is very proud to dedicate its first school to Mason Langford, a beautiful patient of mine who passed away when he was only 20 months old. His short time on earth brought light and happiness to all who knew him, and his huge smile was contagious. On February 13, 2015 Mason’s life was tragically cut short by Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. Mason’s School of Hope will be a reflection of his light and love that lives on forever, every day bringing hope and opportunity to young children in Ghana yearning for their future.
The blog page “Gifts Of Hope, A School And Water” tells the story of the first phase of a community coming together to build a schoolhouse that will include 4 classrooms, a library and toilets to create a kindergarten and primary school, giving young children the chance to learn with the dignity of a modern school and all the necessary tools for a proper education.
Hope for Ghana drilled deep into the earth to create a water borehole with a pump that now supplies the village with clean, drinkable water. A part of the project that was simply intended to supply “plumbing” for toilets in a village with no running water has now changed the lives of an entire community.
The blog page “Feels Great To Reach The Top” shows the second phase of Mason’s School of Hope that began in February 2018. The core structure of the school has reached the roof, built by masons, carpenters, electricians, a plumber, welder and an entire community that has contributed to building a future for the children in this beautiful village.
The blog page “Mason’s School Of Hope Is Open” is the picture of the completion of Hope for Ghana’s first school in September 2018, including my message of hope and gratitude delivered at the inauguration ceremony (click here for message). What is left behind is much more than cement and mortar. Hope for Ghana has given the village of Gakpokorpe a school, a library, running water and solar power, truly changing a community forever.