Laura’s fourth week in Ghana

by | Mar 20, 2018 | Porridge and Pens Blog

Just wanted to give you a quick recap of my fourth week including work at the Brightlingsea Free School!

Monday 5th March – I went to visit our partner junior school and base for our Girl Power project. I spent some time with the girls and we were able to collect photos and video footage for launch of the project (hopefully you may have seen the project details on Facebook or the website).

Tuesday 6th March – I went to visit Ashtown Orphanage (a children’s home run by nuns) as we kindly had some baby clothes to donate here. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the youngest children.  One baby just five days old.  He was sent there straight from birth as sadly his mother passed away.

On a happier note I was able to enjoy their musical therapy group held for children with physical and mental disabilities. They all thoroughly enjoyed the singing, clapping and dancing and had extra celebrations since it was Ghana’s Independence Day! The clothes will be put to a great use!

Wednesday 7th March – Admin day!

Thursday 8th March – I spent this day at Brightlingsea Free School.  The primary class were able to open letters, sent from sponsors and supporters from the UK, and began to decorate and write cards to send back! Lots of photos to follow!

The playground is now half completed, with one slide and one swing set in place! The kids are loving it and we have encouraged a teacher to be on duty over break times to make sure no one gets too excited! The plan is to make this run on a timetable basis so that all the children get an equal time to play over the week.

Today I was sad to learn that one of the nursery pupils, Darko, has contracted malaria, however seeing him still at school with a huge smile across his face was inspiring to see. Fortunately his family could afford the treatment.

Friday 9th March – Spent today at Brightlingsea Free School establishing who the children that have sponsorship are and finding out some of the back stories to those children still needing sponsorship. Of particular importance are those children deemed the most vulnerable as over the next few weeks I plan to pay a visit to their homes.

We are also on-going with getting pictures of the children to update their sponsors!

Saturday 10th March – Orphanage fruit drop day!

Also, thank you to Vandi and Greg and the amazing funds that they have recently raised, I was able to find out prices for two further projects at the school:

  1. Outside canteen seating – as the children currently have nowhere to sit and eat over break and lunch times. Ideally this will include some form of canopy to provide shelter from the sun and over the rainy season, with tables and benches.
  2. To complete the library – this will include plastering the room, plywood and ceiling joints put in place, bookshelves, tables and chairs. I also hope to paint the room whilst I’m out here!

Sunday 11th March – Rest day


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