We have a number of beautiful baskets available after this year’s trip to Yakote. Large $35, medium $25 and small $15. It all goes directly back to the women to support new efforts.

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Goats for Girls

On a Sunday morning in November I took 5 local girls who are all doing well in junior high school to the market in Pelungu to buy each of them a goat.  After several hours of bargaining we managed to buy a goat for each girl, loaded all the goats in the back of the vehicle and we drove to each girls compound to deliver the goat and meet her family.  The girls are all very excited to have their own goat to raise and have more goats that they can sell so that they can buy books and some school fees for secondary school.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwBAUwLnytY&feature=youtu.be

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women dancing and singing

Everyone in yakote is celebrating the projects that were accomplished

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yakote boy drummers

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A SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM BEGINS

The sweet taste of success!  On Monday, February 1, 2010, six mothers from the farming community of Guanwarre balanced 2 large kettles over wood fires, measured the rice, tomato paste, palm oil, and dried herrings. They then added some iodized salt and hot peppers in preparing the first of many midday meals for their new primary school.  One hundred twenty students each brought a stick of firewood and their own bowls in anticipation of a nutritious and filling lunch of Jollof Rice.  This was the successful culmination of our biggest project to date in Ghana.  Guanwarre students will receive lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 25-30 weeks, depending on how many students attend school. The food costs for each lunch averages 25 cents. 

In a classroom at Guanwarre School

In a classroom at Guanwarre School

 

Home from the market with bags of rice and beans for the feeding program

Home from the market with bags of rice and beans for the feeding program

 

Tobiga Somtim and David Stone with Guanwarre students

Tobiga Somtim and David Stone with Guanwarre students

 

With the generosity of friends and family, we hope to raise additional money to buy food staples for the 2011 dry season school lunch program. In northern Ghana, fewer than 40% of primary school-aged children attend class. Low attendance is due to seasonal hunger, under-nutrition, and long travel distances on foot. We hope to boost attendance and readiness to learn through school lunch programs for very young elementary age village children.  Studies have shown that under-nutrition leads to both lower IQ and decreased earning ability as an adult[1].  A school feeding program can have significant impact in providing adequate nutrition for these children and their ability to contribute as adults. All donations are tax deductible. 

[1] Malnutrition Is Cheating Its Survivors, and Africa’s Future Published: Dec. 28, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/28/world/africa/28malnutrition.html?pagewanted=3&_r=1 

A common question
How much are administrative costs? 

There are no administrative costs.  David and Lisa pay all of their own costs – plane tickets, accommodation, food, and ground transportation.  Our goal is for all of the money raised to be used directly for food purchase, storage, and preparation. The women preparing the food will do so in exchange for getting a lunch for themselves and their children. 

Our best regards,
David Stone and Lisa Revell

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COMMUNITY SANITATION FACILITIES

Ghana ranks 4th lowest in Africa for sanitation facilities. In Yakote and vicinity there are NO facilities. Each family uses the “bush” (read fields here), for relieving themselves.

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FARMING IMPROVEMENTS

The 127 yakote women farmers who make up the association met in October 2009 to prioritize their needs. High on their list was the construction of a grain storage facility. The women currently have developed their own farm plots of several acres each separate from the family plots where they grow maize, millet, rice and beans during the wet season. If they sell it at harvest time the prices at market are relatively low. However, if they wre able to store the grain until the dry season they would be able to realize significantly higher proceeds as prices rise in the market. A communal coop grain storage facility safe from pests, theft and the elements would cost approximately $2500 to construct using volunteer labor.

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