Emma is joining Miriam in September to travel to Ghana to volunteer on the following project:
The Ekumfi Trust is a registered charitable organisation (charity number 1164062) that aims to support community development in rural villages in Ghana. We build school libraries and regenerate schools. We are fundraising this time round to regenerate a primary school.
Since forming, the charity has built two school libraries, regenerated both attached schools and built a school toilet block.
In August 2013, the charity founder, Miriam Bouchiba, travelled to Ekumfi Etsibeedu village with a student-led charity from the UK to provide desperately needed medical and dental assistance to the community. Over that period, other needs were highlighted that were not addressed at that visit, primarily educational needs.
Ekumfi Etsibeedu is a small village located in the Ekumfi district, west of the capital city of Ghana, Accra. Ekumfi is a relatively new district, created in June 2012. Ekumfi Etsibeedu is occupied by approximately 500 people, of which children make up a large percentage. The local school (the only school in the village) was first established in 1961, with an enrolment of 22 pupils, comprising 15 girls and 7 boys. The enrolment is now 189. The school presents with seven classrooms and children of the age range 5-11 attend the school.
We have a dedicated team based in Ghana that will help Emma and Miriam complete the project. Once complete, a further team of volunteers will carry out workshops on basic healthcare, music and the creative arts in addition to holding mother and baby sessions.
For those that support the cause, we would also encourage them to volunteer alongside the communities that we work with! You can contact us by visiting our website: www.ekumfitrust.org