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8 years ago…

Today is the birthday of our daughter Maame Esi and I thank God for her life.

Personally it’s a day dear to my heart, in addition to this.

Exactly 8 years ago today, I arrived in Ghana after my 1 year study abroad and met my son for the first time.

I had resigned from Unilever before going to the UK and I didn’t have confirmed assurance of re-engagement. I left the UK feeling strongly that my place to blossom was back on the continent and that even if Unilever didn’t confirm, I would get another job. I resumed at Unilever in November.

God has been good to me and my family and so much has happened – 2 more children, 4 books, various opportunities and avenues to affect my world.

I thank you, Lord. You have been faithful.

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Dear Friends:

Please find in pictures quick update.

Second phase of roofing (40% remaining) has started today. These will cover the 3 remaining classrooms which had the old roofing.

Many thanks for support.

Nana (on behalf of Planning Team)

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wpid-img_42684865156143.jpegPROGRESS REPORT
27TH SEPTEMBER

REHABILITATION WORKS TO APAGYA R/C PRIMARY SCHOOL
(PROGRESS REPORT NO 1)

Executive Summary

This report captures works executed on Apagya R/C Primary School by a group of philanthropist as at 27th September 2014. Apagya R/C Primary school is a six unit classroom block that had the roof of three of its classrooms lifted off following a recent rainstorm (during the first half of 2004) with the other classrooms suffering from leakages when it rained. There are also issues with the foundation of the building that demands attention. The report details what has been done to date and what is outstanding to complete the project.

A total amount of GHC 19,025.64 has been raised so far from three main sources (initiators of the idea – DGG, a group of Facebook friends, some citizens of Apagya in the diaspora, friends and acquaintances on and off Facebook). The total cost of the project upon completion is expected to be GHC 22,051.00 and hence an amount of approximately GHC 3,000.00 will be needed to complete the project. Also there has been material contribution from the Apagya community in the form of timber for all roof works.

The roof works is about 60% complete with materials for the remaining 40% already purchased and work expected to start week commencing 28th September 2014.   Labour for the roof works was freely provided by artisan carpenters in Apagya with the group providing them food.  Exterior painting to the re-roofed section of the building has also been executed. This was done by a group of volunteers – mainly from the DGG Facebook group – from Accra, Obuasi and Kumasi, on National Volunteers day (21st September 2014). The remaining painting works comprising all the doors & windows, interior walls and parts of the external walls will be executed once the roof works are completed. There have been some amount of concrete works to the foundations at areas that have  galvanised pipes supporting the roof. Remaining foundation works may be executed depending on how much fund is raised by the end of October 2014. It is expected that all works regarding this project will be completed latest by end of October 2014.

Please find full report at the link below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B679oh6BTVleV1I5dk53UHJaU28/edit?usp=sharing

God bless richly.

Nana, on behalf of Planning Team

Dear Friends:

Please find below receipts of 13 packets of roofing sheets purchased this week. We have some guys in Apagya who help us with pictures of updates. One of them has donated 10 bags of cement to support the foundation repair works!

NAD (of behalf of Planning Team)

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Dear Friends,

This is an update on the Apagya project.

On Sunday September 21, 2014, over 30 volunteers visited Apagya and painted the exterior sides of the re-roofed part of the school building. They scraped and sandpapered the walls before applying two coats of paint to the walls.   Kudos to these kind hearts! We purchased paint for this purpose which is expected to be enough for the whole project. Pending paint is for exterior of the classrooms which will have roof replaced, the interior walls of classrooms and office and lower base of exterior walls which will be painted with dark brown color.

As indicated in earlier updates, the 3 classrooms and the Headmaster’s office which had the roof ripped off have been redone. That is about 60% of the roofing.

What remains for roofing are the remaining 3 classrooms which have the old roof. See in attached pictures.

This week, we have purchased 13 packets of roofing sheets and 10 pieces of fascia boards for the 40% roofing remaining.

Pupils will use the newly-roofed classrooms so roofing work  will begin on next week on 29th or 30th September 2014.

Some minor concrete works have been done to the foundation, especially at areas where still pipes needed to be buried to support the roof. The major aspect of concrete works will, however, be undertaken based on availability of funds after the roofing and will be done before final painting is done.

See attached pictures for progress.

Thanks for support and keep your donations coming in. Please share with a friend.

NAD
(On behalf of Planning Team)

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Lifting Up Apagya

Nana A Damoah:

Good morning.

Apagya Update – 22 September 2014

Yesterday about 30 volunteers spent the day painting the school.

Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang blogs about it here.

This week roofing sheets will be purchased to complete the remaining 40% of roofing.

Thanks for the support.

Nana,
On behalf of Planning Team

Originally posted on kasaKOA:

They say bad news sells. Add the specter of commercialization to the “third world-ness” of a country like Ghana and one can sometimes understand why media houses tend to focus on bad news so much. As such, even perusing headlines can be an exercise in doom.

However, aside gloom something positive can bloom, and one blossoming example has been the beautiful work done by volunteers on Sunday September 21, 2014. These wonderful people trooped to Apagya to renovate a hitherto dilapidated school.

Their work was a significant part of a commendable project started on social media, which included a sustained appeal for funds: a massive number of folks donated from Ghana and beyond. Please note that you can still donate, because projects are (always) ongoing. Please check out http://nanaaweredamoah.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/update-on-apagya-planned-painting-on-21-sept/ for more information.

One can only wish that we would be inspired by these heroes to harness positive energy use our…

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Nana A Damoah:

Good morning.

Apagya Update – 22 September 2014

Yesterday about 30 volunteers spent the day painting the school.

Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang blogs about it here.

This week roofing sheets will be purchased to complete the remaining 40% of roofing.

Thanks for the support.

Nana,
On behalf of Planning Team

Originally posted on Nana A Damoah:

***Date changed to 20 Sept upon feedback from interested volunteers***

Good morning friends,

We still have 40% of the roofing to complete and are working to get more sheets to progress this weekend. We want to do the painting as a team of volunteers together.

The painting of the Apagya RC Primary School is on Saturday Sept 20, 2014.

21st Sept is Founders Day and waa also declared by the GhanaThink Foundation last year as the National Volunteers’ Day. Monday Sept 22 is a holiday so volunteers can have a day to rest after.

What we need:

1. Painters: Every volunteer will help with the painting. It will be great fun.

2. Paints: We are still accepting paint donations and cash donation to buy more paint.

3. Paint brushes and rollers: Special appeal to those who recently moved or have painted their houses. If you have some at home, please…

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