On Friday, July 8th, I boarded a flight from JFK airport in New York City to the country of Ghana in West Africa for a 10-day adventure of a lifetime. My group of friends and soon to be friends were participants in Project Nyame Nsa. This work is headed up by 22 year old Devon Leondis. Since she was a young child, she felt a call on her life to care for orphans in Africa. The group Orphan's Promise is one of this project's sponsors. Members of their staff accompanied us on this journey.
The purpose of this amazing project is to provide homes for abandoned and abused Ghanian children. The first of these children are living in the Village of Hope and being raised by loving and trained foster parents. During the trip, we attended the dedication of the Village of Hope orphanage and a friend and I set up a classroom at the orphanage. I filled the classroom with supplies I collected over 20 years of teaching. While the children will attend school at a different location, this after-school room at the orphanage will provide a place for the children to do homework and other activities.
The 48 students living at the Village of Hope will attend, and join more than 300 other students already attending, Akuffokrom School. Akuffokrom School already had very little before taking on these additional students. For this reason, our group also provided a water system/well for Akuffokrom School. Some of the supplies I donated will go this school.
Two of my personal goals were to set up a classroom for the children at Village of Hope and visit a local school and set up a pen pal program between their students and the students at NTLA. Thankfully, the classroom is in order and the pen pal relationship has been initiated!