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Adding a Little Clay

This post is a bit late in coming, but I wanted to share some of the smaller projects I was able to complete (thanks to donations sent by wonderful people!) at Potter’s Village before I left Ghana. The Potter’s Village is so named because we are “molding” people. However, without a safe external environment, the real molding – the important, internal molding – can’t take place.

I spent much of my donation money to further the land project (see here). However, I was still left with enough funds to complete a few minor but important repair projects at the current location – to add a little “clay,” if you will, to Potter’s Village.

Reverend Asare and I discussed bringing someone in to get an estimate for the repairs. Then the next day, Reverend told me that one of the older boys knew how to make the repairs himself. So 16-year-old Emmanuel (“Ahovi”) and I took a trip to a couple little shops in Dodowa (conveniently the teachers were on strike so he didn’t have school for a few days) to purchase tools and materials.

Ahovi carrying the materials back to Potter's Village. He may or may  not have done more work than me on this... ;)

Ahovi carrying the materials back to Potter’s Village. He may or may not have done more work than me on this… 😉

Plywood, mesh screening, and metal bars for window and door repairs

Plywood, mesh screening, and metal bars for window and door repairs

With Ahovi! Sometimes I forget he's still an awkward teenage boy. haha

With Ahovi! Sometimes I forget he’s still an awkward teenage boy. haha

Here are some descriptions and photos of the projects we were able to complete!

New window screen and bars in one of the girls’ bedrooms. This became an immediate top priority not because mosquitoes were getting through the tears in the screen (which they were) but because someone slashed the screen from the outside with a knife during the night. This would not have happened if the window had had the appropriate metal bars across it. By the time I took my “before” photos, a temporary metal piece had been set across the bottom of the window to keep the girls safe while we fixed the window properly.

Before:

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Window from the inside, before repairs

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Window from the outside, before repairs

After:

Check out how he used the nails to hold in the edges of the metal bars

Check out how he used the nails to hold in the edges of the metal bars

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Window with a new screen and bars! He left the temporary bars in, added new bars, and re-screened the entire window.

The window screen leading from the main courtyard area into the boys’ room. This screen was very torn (and extra mutilated because children were playing with the loose strings frequently). With an increase in malaria cases in Potter’s Village, I wanted to get these screens fixed ASAP.

Before:

Window into the boys' room, before repairs

Window into the boys’ room, before repairs

Ahovi and Richmond repairing the window screen

Ahovi and Richmond repairing the window screen

After:

New window screen! Ta da!

New window screen! Ta da!

The door to the boy’s room was missing a panel.

Before:

Door to the boys' room, before repairs

Door to the boys’ room, before repairs

After:

Godwyn showing the repaired door panel

Godwyn showing the repaired door panel

The door locks. Two doors required new latches, hinges, and padlocks. I don’t have “Before” photos of these, but one of them is a door to the back bathing area, and the other is the door for the storage room with all the kitchen supplies in it.

Ahovi adding a new latch and padlock on the kitchen door

Ahovi adding a new latch and padlock on the kitchen door

Gifty showing the new latch and padlock on the back door

Gifty showing the new latch and padlock on the back door

After all these repairs, I found myself with just a bit left over. So I purchased shoes for Kojo; clothing bags for Mavis, Doris, and Yvonne (three teenage girls whose clothing bags had been torn by mice); and used the rest toward medical expenses for several children.

Kojo with his new shoes

Kojo with his new shoes

Shelf in one of the girls' rooms that shows what the clothing bags look like

Shelf in one of the girls’ rooms that shows what the clothing bags look like

New clothing bag for Mavis!

New clothing bag for Mavis!

I want to give one last HUGE thank you to my donors! These projects seem small, but every little bit helps tremendously when we’re trying to protect and care for God’s precious children.

The kids sing a song that goes like this (pardon the questionably racist line – it’s still super cute when they sing it):

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Be they yellow, black, or white
All are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

From J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit: “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

After spending so much time and energy with 100 little ones, I found myself loving them more than I could possibly imagine. And I know (as they do) that Jesus Christ, our Savior, loves them, too. Thank you so much for your support and for showing your love for them. May we all continue to spread light and goodness throughout the world in whatever capacity we can.

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I Bless the Rains Down in Africa

Last Thursday, we made another trip to Kwamekrom to see the new property; check out the four acres they had cleared for farming; pay for the surveying, demarcation, and clearing; and make final negotiations to secure our ownership of the land. Thanks again to those who donated money to this project! It has been an amazing journey to witness 🙂  Note: Three acres were donated; the other ten still need to be paid for, though we are using the land for crops already.

This time, Mayerli joined us on the adventure!

Mayerli and I in the car in Kwamekrom! Very excited about the land for Potter's Village :)

Mayerli and I in the car in Kwamekrom! Very excited about the land for Potter’s Village 🙂

Let’s take a little photo tour!

Walking through the brush to get to the property. The first time we did this, I was in a skirt. Not ideal.

Walking through the brush to get to the property. The first time we did this, I was in a skirt. Not ideal.

Looking over the 4 acres that have been cleared

Looking over the 4 acres that have been cleared

Temporary markers have been placed to show the edges of our property. These will be replaced shortly with cement pillars.

Temporary markers have been placed to show the edges of our property. These will be replaced shortly with cement pillars.

A pineapple farm! I've seen several in Kwamekrom. This is one of the crops we'll grow because it can be sold for juice. Side note: I was really excited to see how pineapple grows.

A pineapple farm! I’ve seen several in Kwamekrom. This is one of the crops we’ll grow because it can be sold for juice. Side note: I was really excited to see how pineapple grows.

It started to rain on us! Road sign for Kwamekrom. I took this photo through a rainy window as our cab flew past. It's a miracle the sign was even IN the photo, let alone legible. Haha

It started to rain on us! Road sign for Kwamekrom. I took this photo through a rainy window as our cab flew past. It’s a miracle the sign was even IN the photo, let alone legible. Haha

Reverend Asare writing up the details of the agreement for the land. A little different than how we do it at home, eh? Also, by this point, there was an insane rainstorm going on outside. It was awesome timing. Bless the rains down in Africa :)

Reverend Asare writing up the details of the agreement for the land. A little different than how we do it at home, eh? Also, by this point, there was an insane rainstorm going on outside. It was awesome timing. Bless the rains down in Africa 🙂

Part of the 3 acres that will be the school and living quarters. The boundary goes "from the bamboo to the mango tree." Haha. Sometimes I really love Ghana.

Part of the 3 acres that will be the school and living quarters. The boundary goes “from the bamboo to the mango tree.” Haha. Sometimes I really love Ghana.

Cleared out to build a road to the school property

Cleared out to build a road to the school property

Kwamekrom! I don't think it's very big...

Kwamekrom! I don’t think it’s very big…

A pretty little flower on our property. Not exactly relevant, but I like it :)

A pretty little flower on our property. Not exactly relevant, but I like it 🙂

And one more for good measure:

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Why did the chicken cross the road?

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The Projects

Hello, friends! As I’m settling down here in Ghana, I have found a couple of big projects to really help the orphanage – or, more specifically, to help these beautiful (and silly) little people:

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To view the projects in detail, please click here. You can also view the page by going to Ghana Volunteer > Ghana Fundraising at the top of my blog.

Remember, any little bit you can donate would be very appreciated. And then spread the word! If many people donate just a little, together we can make a big impact.

I leave you a beautiful thought from my friends here at Potter’s Village:

Painted on the wall at Potter's Village

Painted on the wall at Potter’s Village

Thank you for sharing in this adventure with me.

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