It’s officially summer in Ghana as the third school term came to an end last week. The exciting news from Keta, home of Hope for Ghana’s second library and computer lab, is that the children have been reading in the library and using the learning software on the computers every day under the direction of my Ghanaian friend and teacher, Desmond. When I left Keta in March Desmond said “This library and the computer lab are really going to help the children in so many ways … the children will have the opportunity to share ideas with their friends … also find information on the computer and use it to solve their daily problems and help them in their daily life. Reading is the best way for children to acquire knowledge, and so when you have books like this children interact with the books … it will help them in life and in their future”. Desmond couldn’t have said it any better. His statement alone could replace Hope for Ghana’s own mission statement.
This week Desmond wrote to me, “Good evening Dr. Steve. I can assure you that the library is in very good use. Even teachers use it in doing research and writing a comprehensive note to teach the children. Even as I am speaking we are on vacation but the kids are busily learning at the library and using the computers. We are indeed grateful to you and Hope for Ghana organisation. We cannot stop thanking you for your selfless service for humanity. God richly bless you in all your endeavors. We are so grateful.”
Hope for Ghana is thrilled that over the next several weeks there are 2 volunteers from Italy and Spain working in the library and computer lab in Keta. The wonderful work of these young ladies will enable the library to remain open during the summer and afford new learning opportunities to the children in the Keta community. More volunteers are being organized by my friend and child rights advocate, Platini, so that the library may hopefully remain open throughout the summer and on weekends.
My patients continue to want to contribute to Hope for Ghana’s mission. A few months ago I received an email from the mother of a 5 year old patient telling me that her daughter, Ashleigh, is dedicating her upcoming 6 year birthday party to Hope for Ghana to collect books and supplies for the children of Ghana. Her mother wrote “This year we have chosen Hope for Ghana as she was so impressed reading your emails from your trip. She is a reader and liked that you helped kids get to read and have a library.” A few weeks ago I received a call from 17 year old patient Alex who wanted to get involved with Hope for Ghana. He has since started a business selling his own photographs with some of the proceeds going to Hope for Ghana. These and the countless other contributions towards my mission continue to humble and overwhelm me.
Finally I can’t wait to return to Ghana this winter. I will continue where I left off in March, with an eye towards the future of bringing a third library to the Volta region of Ghana. Please continue to stay involved with Hope for Ghana’s mission to bring opportunity and hope to the children of Ghana through education. It has been your support in the past and your support in the future that will allow this mission to come to life. Please continue to share the word of this mission as I raise funds for the next library and computer lab in Ghana. Together the possibilities are boundless!