Who is Oasis Pathways Academy?
Deborah Ayine is an orphan from one of our closest villages. She and her older sister Paulina and elder brother Dennis (seen here a couple of years ago) are supported by GCP, Dan and Hawa and the small church community here. Their father passed away, followed by their mother in 2016. Dennis has traveled to Kumasi in the South like so many young people, searching for work. He pushes carts of goods (Kayayo work) for pay. When their mother died, Paulina filled her shoes. Now Paulina attends a public boarding high school, leaving Deborah with an elderly grandmother. Facing sadness, isolation and some learning challenges, OPA's small classrooms help Deborah receive personal and individualized attention. When Deborah started at Oasis Pathways Academy, she could not read, speak English and was very withdrawn emotionally. Recently, Deborah has begun to show interest in school, speaks English with the rest of her peers, reads and participates with her classmates.. Deborah receives a full tuition and assistance with school supplies. The OPA hot lunch feeding program insures that Deborah has a substantial meal every day. It is wonderful to see joy in her again.
building community at opa
This is Jennifer and her mother, Adjua. Jennifer suffers from sickle cell anemia. Adjua, here was "backing" Jennifer during a recent crisis and walking to the clinic some 4 miles away. When Hawa and I heard what happened, we jumped into a car and caught up with them. Hawa advocated for the family, getting insurance cards paid up and an exam room at the clinic. The only treatments available in Ghana are antibiotics and pain meds. Jennifer here, in the classroom working with peers on tangrams. Home visits are an important part of OPA's community outreach. If children do not come to school, a teacher is dispatched to the village to make sure families are OK.
The importance of play