First Day Exploring Lawra!
Today was my first day in Lawra with the charity, and I was given an incredible tour of the Bagri hub in Lawra by the ATE hub manager, Sylvester, allowing me to see the impact ATE had had on the people living here.
We first made a quick stop in Olbili, just outside of Bagri, to meet with a small weaving business owner who would be joining the BizATE program soon, we talked to her and found that she was very hopeful that the grant and training would hugely impact her Business and her life. She was very thankful for our visit and hoped to meet us again soon.
Next was a visit to the school in Bagri where we met with some of the teachers, tutors and the school children who were cleaning up the school compounds before the new term started tomorrow. The EducATE program has been hugely effective in attendance rates, and the school lunch supplies were delivered today ready for the re-opening.
We then stopped to say hi to Naa Sabastian, one of the most successful Dry season farmers in the region, and Hon Robert the assembly man for Bagri, who is a large part of the management here. These two stakeholders in Bagri were very supportive of the EducATE programs in the nearby schools, and looked forward to seeing our computer suite aiding the students. They also said some kind words about the BizATE support for training and giving grants to dry season farmers; “Thank you ATE for supporting and training us the Dry season farmers. We are so grateful, and may God continue to bless you for what you’re doing “.
Here we met also met Isaac, a farmer in Bagri who had just been fishing and just returned with some for his family, after having sold the rest. Isaac is one of the Dry season farmers who inspires the new Dry Season Farmers with his experience. Through the BizATE grant, he has been able to build a house that he is currently living in with his family and remains grateful to ATE for impacting his life.
Our next visit was the Black Volta River at Bagri, interestingly the Black Volta River serves as the border between Ghana and Burkina Faso. the people are predominantly farmers and fishermen, and it is always busy at every hour of the day with activities such as weaving and canoe building. It is the largest community in the Bagri hub and an important part of the local economy.
As the dark clouds rolled in, we began to make our way back to Lawra town. However, when the rain chased us, we had to take shelter in the house of Mr Ib- nibo, a community member that attends the ATE meetings. Here we met his amazing kids, Augustine and his sister Eunice in the house. They were having fun practicing maths and drawing on the walls and we spent the time sheltering helping them with their times tables!
For the rest of the day, we made initial plans for the IT suite, and I look forward to exploring more of the hubs around Lawra tomorrow! Thanks so much for reading.
Any donations towards the IT suite project can be made here Charlie Haw is fundraising for Action Through Enterprise (justgiving.com)
All donations will directly increase the budget for the suite and allow us to have a greater and more generous design :)