Wow! What a year. Fundraising has been more successful this year, primarily as a result of greater media coverage. Not only was carrying the Olympic Torch a great honour but it has truly raised the charity’s profile. I was chosen from all the torch bearers in Leicestershire to be interviewed by BBC TV for a follow-up on the on the impact of carrying the torch. This programme went out on 12th December. Most major supermarkets are now donating the ingredients for the making of marmalade to sell at my talks.
Judi and I visited Ghana in October/November and we were delighted with the progress of construction. The toilet block is amazing (see photos of the old against the new). We have told the builder to keep the toilets sealed off until the front security wall is complete and children have been trained in correct use of the facilities.
Administration at the school, whilst improved, still leaves a lot to be desired. As a result I have agreed with the Sarkodi Family (who set up the old school) that we will transfer ownership and administration of the school to the Archdiocese of Kumasi. The Catholic Church operates over 100 schools in the region and achieve the highest results. In many instances there are waiting lists to get into many schools. The Sarkodi Family will receive compensation so that they have a reasonable income.
So now we must work hard to raise another 30k to complete the upper floor which will provide another 8 classrooms. We are really excited because we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Three hundred children will soon have decent education and a real chance in life at a school with high standards of construction, administration and education.