Shameless Fundraising

Trip Start Oct 20, 2005
Trip End Nov 04, 2006

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A bit of shameless fundraising.

If you are looking to unload your pocketbooks or wallets of a few dollars, we have just thing for you. While in Nkwanta, we have been involved with two incredibly successful organizations that provide much needed services to the communities in rural Africa.

You could be the proud owner of some bricks that will be used to build a community health clinic in the village of Keichebi - where people will come to seek health care. The goal is to have 27 Community clinics in Nkwanta district. Right now, they have only realized 12 of those 27. A bag of concrete costs about $7, but goes along way to build a health clinic and house a community nurse who provides the first point of contact for medical care for these remote regions - and is responsible for saving many people's lives. Money donated to this fund could also go to purchasing equipment or supplies for the provision of care to the villagers.

Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Population Council - Ruth Ungerer, Development Office. Attn: Nkwanta Health Development Fund (important to put this notation on there, as it makes sure your funds will go directly to Nkwanta). You can also email Ruth with any questions at:

Ruth Ungerer
Director Of Development
Population Council
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
New York, NY 10017

We can personally attest to the fact that your money would be well spent, as we have seen with our own eyes the incredible success they have had out here with these clinics in reducing the morbidity and mortality of preventable diseases.

The other organization - for all you teachers - is the Ghana Education Project run by a British ex-pat, Gill Norris. She runs a teacher's resource center and is involved in improving the level of education provided to the children in Nkwanta - which is pretty dire. She is also building a sports and arts recreation center to provide an outlet and extracurricular education for the kids. She needs money for supplies for the teachers and also money to help build her recreation center. She also accepts supplies if you wanted to send a package to Ghana. The work she is doing is legitimate and her heart certainly is in the right place. As with everything in Ghana, change is slow. Since she is a Ghanaian-based organization, we are not sure how the tax deduction thing works, but she would be happy to receive help. If you are interested in finding out more, she can be contacted at: Gill Norris -
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