Letter from the Founder,
REPORT FROM GHANA 2020
So much has happened in the last year in Ghana. I was privileged to again travel to Tongo to live, work and play with the children and people in the communities surrounding the school, Oasis Pathways Academy.
With a substantial donation, a new classroom block was completed on the ground floor and there are now two beautiful, full sized classrooms in use. They feature fans, a wall of windows and lights. New metal desks with chairs were purchased and put together for the upper primary grades. With these two new classrooms completed, renewed efforts are pushing for funding to complete two classrooms on the second floor.
We continued to support the efforts and growth of Oasis Pathways Academy in the small village community near Tongo, Ghana.
I again, traveled to Ghana for three months to work with the teachers, administration and the children in the school.
Our goals for 2020 are to continue the hot lunch program, support raises for all school workers, continue to support the OPA school bus (picking up children from the outlying villages), work on the school community garden education project,, improve the playground space and equipment and... construct the second floor of the new school block. Whew, it's a big list but doable with you as our partner.
OPA continues to provide a heavily subsidized hot lunch for all the children. They each pay 60 cents a week. For some it is the most substantial meal of their day.
Ongoing teacher training will be implemented this next school year as well as some new curriculum materials and methods. We are always striving for the best in pedagogy.
Best of all, the children are thriving in our small classrooms with the amazing, loving, dedicated teaching staff. This learning environment is extraordinary and a blessing for the whole community.
accomplishments of this past school year
- Completed repairs on our original 3 classroom spaces.
- completely renovated a residential space into a nursery and kindergarten block with bathroom facilities, fans lights and three activity spaces.
- Completed a bank of compostable dry toilets, hand washing stations and water taps on the school grounds.
- Completed foundation, adobe walls, electrical and plumbing lines, and decking for a multi-storied classroom block. The goal is to complete the two ground floor classrooms for start of the 2019-2020 school year.
water and sanitation improvements
OPA children and teachers in front of the composting toilets. The bank of 6 toilets was partially funded by a Peace Corps Grant.
Hand wash stations were added so that the children and teachers can wash after using the toilet and before meal time.
This is Wilson, he took an assignment to create something from clay to a new level. The children dug clay from the school grounds and set about making sculpture. The children took inspiration from their environment.
Child sized scissors from the US and colored straws give preschoolers practice cutting, working their fine motor skills. When they strung the pieces into a necklace, wow, something to wear and take home.
WHO WE SERVE
We have formed an international family with the men, women and children of the Talensi tribe in Ghana. Love, respect and commitment has developed over the past 18 years. We see positive sustained results in the education, the well being of the children and in village life. There is always more to do... That keeps us returning and serving.
We can only do what we do in Ghana when we collaborate with you. There are many ways to be involved such as organizing a fundraising party. (We will come with everything you need to host a jewelry making or craft party.)
Volunteer at Oasis Pathways Academy in Ghana.
Stay tuned for details on an upcoming volunteer trip in June 2020.
We would love to hear from you.
Oasis Pathways Academy
We have partnered with the Talensi community, (Peal Deng NGO) to start a small village school this year, Oasis Pathways Academy. We now have a nursery, a pre-K and kindergarten, Primary 1 through P5 with five amazing teachers.
Your donations provide scholarships, school supplies and hot meals for these village children.