supported by "Village Boom"
We were already able to equip three villages around Abofour with solar lamps. This project is especially important for these villages because, other than Abofour, they lack the basic electricity and transport network.
The equipment with solar lamps enables work, e.g. homework and household in the evening.
In this project we are supported by "Village Boom" based in Münster in Germany. The NGO supplies us with solar lamps worth 20€. The handover to the local people is done according to the so-called microcredit system. Each village has a so-called assembly man, who can read and write and therefore can keep records. A deposit of 5€ is due when purchasing a lamp. The remaining 15€ will be paid off in the course of one to two years, so that the lamp can be considered as completely paid off and as property of the buyer. We are very positively surprised how well this principle works.
Solar lamps for the witch village Gushiegu - Project: "Light up for Ghana" of DB trainees against hate and violence"
The belief in the reality of witchcraft and witches is omnipresent in all cultures of Ghana. Thus, older women are often repelled and have to leave their village for their safety. The grandchildren often have to come along, because they too are threatened by stoning or similar. They are completely rejected by society. This means that they for example cannot go shopping at the weekly market but have to pick up remaining on the ground when the market has finished. We equip the outcast and poor women with solar lamps. Further sustainable projects are planned, such as training for self-sufficiency.
There are no roads leading to the village, which is located far from civilization. Therefore it is not necessarily accessible during the rainy season. Accordingly, there is only a limited possibility for the children to attend school.
The food of the villagers usually consists of waste from the surrounding markets.
The equipment with solar lamps is not sufficient. We have to ensure that the lamps are properly maintained and can be repaired in case of need. We are therefore considering including training courses for electricians in our programme.