For those of you who don’t know I’ve spent the last 5 weeks in Saltpond, Ghana which is right next to the small village of Ewoyaa. At Ewoyaa I taught English to kids from ages 2-10 throughout the week.When I got to Ewoyaa I saw how difficult it was for some kids to focus on learning when they didn't have a chair to sit on because they were all taken, or they had to spend a good part of the day sweeping the classrooms or taking care of the younger kids.
It's much harder to learn in an environment that doesn't feel like a real classroom. So my goal was to add some things that would make it easier for them to focus on their learning and make it feel like a school we would see in Saltpond (the nearby town). Here are some pictures of the classrooms before we started working on them.
We had so many different tasks to do, so we found local people from Ewoyaa to help with the project. So the people of the community were the ones getting paid for work like installing the lights, or putting the cement on all the walls, or building the windows. Most of the people working on the project were parents of the kids that attend Ewoyaa. So they wanted to not only help to make the school a better environment for their kids, but with the money they earned working on it they will be able to continue to send their kids to this school.
My mother and I managed to raised 1,215 dollars for the project and with that money we were able to....
put cement inside all three classrooms
Painted all the walls inside the classrooms
Put in proper windows throughout the building
Paint all the chairs and tables for all classrooms
Paint all the windows
Install a light and a fan in each classroom
Buy new books for each classroom
Put locks on the windows to keep bugs out
And leave the school with enough money to power the electricity for many years
So here are some pictures of the school before, during, and after the project. I really cannot thank those who donated enough and there is no way I could have accomplished this without each one of you. The whole community thanks you so much for supporting this project and I hope you all like what we have accomplished in a short amount of time.