It is Friday, August 4th, 2017; it is my 63rd birthday, the last day of reading camp 2017. 108 children were served,
Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope shares love and resources to empower future leaders of Africa, providing education and health programs for women and children and opportunities for volunteers in the US and in West Africa.
Health care and education are important to everyone in the world. Our programs provide women and children with the equal opportunity to live a better life.
Our volunteers believe that they have to work free. They always feel happy to do something for the world. "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one," Mother Teresa.
Give of yourself and change a life. It may be your own or someone you've never met who lives an ocean away.
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Whether you help from home with a donation or volunteer for a mission, your contribution changes lives.
We train women on the use of a water filtration system and provide a Sawyer filter and two buckets for each family. One system can provide safe, clean drinking water for a family of four for ten years.
Each summer we train local teachers and bring volunteer missioners to Ghana to help run reading camps in up to five villages. Children from pre-school to high school ages are provided with a book to take home with them and a hot meal daily during the camp.
We run health and hygiene programs in the villages of Akramaman and Twerebo. In addition we collected funds for pediatric drugs. Last year we were able to provide several thousand doses of worm medication, malaria medication and vitamins as well as over 200 bottles and tubes of over-the-counter drugs.
Debi Frock, the founder of Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope, first traveled to Ghana in 2004 and she realized then how she could make a childhood dream come true. This is the story of the beginnings of a volunteer-run non-for-profit organization that has, thirteen years later, built two schools, and a health clinic, initiated the education of hundreds of pre-school children, empowered mothers to keep their families healthy through education and access to clean water. The results are happy, healthy children learning more every day.
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We are raising funds for the following key programs to be implemented this summer.
Our Work and Joy
Browse through these images to gain a better feeling for who we are and the work we do in Ghana. Imagine how you can be the one to bring smiles to the faces of all these children.
[caption id="attachment_2564" align="aligncenter" width="640"] TRINITY WITH TWEREBO STUDENTS[/caption] The moment we arrived most of the kids gathered around the bus to greet
During reading camp, the same pupils and teachers, who normally report to school late, are always very punctual. There are sufficient teaching and learning materials which facilitate teaching and learning. Supervision is very strong. Due to this, pupils who refuse to read in our normal schools are eager to read during camp because of the good atmosphere and materials used. Pupils are also encouraged and motivated to read. I can see it is a factor in pupils showing interest in reading.
When I look at the Ghanaian children all I see is their kind hearts and smiling faces. Life is tough for them. Every day is difficult, but they kick the dirt, quite literally and continue to move forward. They have a thirst to be better and to learn more. This week has taught me that love, generosity and compassion can belong to anyone. God has blessed these children and I pray that he continues to grow them into incredible leaders of Ghana.
After class, our little girl sat in our laps, took a photo with us, got two huge bear hugs and a bag full of goodies to take home. And so did every other eligible child we had identified throughout the week. It was magical and I finally understood the life-changing gift we were giving.
I do not know where to begin. The last day of reading camp. The last day of sixty-plus village children smiling and laughing with us. The last day of little ones throwing their arms around us and holding our hands. This is my second trip to Ghana and third to Africa. I am always amazed at what a smile and a hug can do for a child. There was one little girl, Sarah Amu, who adopted me as her white man. Sarah is eight years old and was in my group during the reading camp. She is beginning to read very well and is happy that I showed her how to “make sounds for new words.” Each day she would give me a huge hug and smile and say to me in her Ghanaian accent, “Please, Uncle Zach, I want to read today.” We read each day and she became less shy ab told me “you are my brother.” At the end of each day she would say, “You are coming back to me tomorrow.” Today, as she gave me a final hug and bye-bye, she looked right into my heart and said, “You go back to America now? You come back to me soon?” There is a line from a “Jars of Clay” song that I cannot shake each time I am with these beautiful children: “To rid myself of all but love… to give and die.” It is my hope and prayer that I can do just that… rid myself of all but love for Sarah and children like her. Yes, Sarah, I will come back to you.
I have never been as impressed as I was with the way GM Hope operated. From the initial information and the support while pulling together financing, to watching the entire mission unfold, the ultimate focus was always on the children and their families. I felt the money being put into the mission was so well spent and in ways we could see every day. I would definitely recommend the mission to others. I would definitely recommend this as an organization to our school for the children to support. Thank you for an amazing experience.
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