WULUGU PROJECT UPDATE – January 2014
Wulugu Project Update, January 2014
When the rains stopped in November our builders sprang into action in Ghana.
Village school at Pilo completed
The four classrooms, funded by The Equitable Charitable Trust were finished in November.
The opening celebration was attended by all the local dignitaries including the Chiefs, Pastor, Imam, District Education Officer of Ghana Education Services and the manager of Standard Charted Bank based in Tamale. Wulugu Project is one of their biggest customers.
The bank manager was so impressed by the building, pupils, teachers and parents that he has promised to fund the extra 100 desks needed for the new classrooms from the Bank’s ‘Social fund’. This is fantastic news. On learning that Walewale Vocational School was full and needed more computers he intends to send some of his spare computers to help them too.
See the Letter of Appreciation from the headmaster.
Wulugu Project’s Seventh Vocational School at Tolon raised its roof.
Funding from Eagle Foundation has enabled us to build and equip a new Vocational School at Tolon, near Tamale. This is a densely populated district with no provision, to date, for training for girls.
The roof is now on, the walls are being painted and the floors and steel doors finished off. Equipment has been ordered and Ghana Education Service is busy recruiting teachers and enrolling young women so that the Vocational School can start before Easter.
A new village school at Larabanga. Gateway to Mole Game Park.
Many villages and villagers were displaced when Mole Game Park was set up. The land was poor but their diet and livelihood was supplemented by ‘bush meat’ hunted in the forest. This is illegal now and poachers are shot on sight.
The school at Larabanga has swelled and has over 1000 pupils in its 6 crowded classrooms. More teachers have been employed but they desperately need classrooms. We have just heard that Eagle Foundation has funded 6 new classrooms and toilet blocks to build Larabanga B to absorb all these extra pupils. The building work will start in January.
Tusk Trust sees the need.
Tusk Trust, that has worked mainly on Conservation in East Africa, has seen the need and realises that Education will increase ambition and opportunity and hopefully lead the villages to see the Game Park as a good neighbour and not a threat. If the attitude changes, the animals in the park will be safer and increase, leading to increased tourism and wealth. Tusk Trust is funding another classroom at Larabanga and hopes to include some conservation into the curriculum.
10 Business in a boxes arrive
After a long journey 10 tailoring businesses arrived at Savelugu and Walewale Vocational Schools.
They had been donated by Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club and will set up young women in business . See the article in the 2013 Newsletter.
In the UK
CTN continues to be most supportive helping Lynne to make a video of Wulugu’s first 20 years and a 2013 Update video. These can be seen at www.wulugu.co.uk
The social evening in Hethersett with Keith Skipper, raconteur, was a great success and raised about £1,000
Future fundraising plans include a quiz in March and a Charity Golf Day at Royal Norwich Golf Club on the 27th April.