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