The most moving part of our Ghanaian trip was visiting New Horizons Special School in Accra. This wonderful independent school for children with physical disabilities and special needs houses a large number of OAfrica children. Each of the OAfrica children has a special caregiver who looks after them in their foster homes and at school.
These are children so often marginalised in our society and New Horizons and OAfrica are inspirational in the work they are doing caring for them.
We loved our stay at OAfrica and learnt a great deal which we hope to implement in Sumbandila.
And then we travelled to Sierra Leone...
Nothing could have prepared us for the startling beauty of this country and the glorious silvery light.
Shine On Sierra Leone is about to build a unique secondary school in the remote district of Kono where their project is based. An architectural masterpiece, the building will be creative, practical and designed not only for the climate but for the use of local labour and local materials - most impressively making bricks from compressed soil.
We will never forget our wonderful and show stopping welcome to the village of Bongema where the Muddy Lotus Primary School is situated. What a beautiful village and what a beautiful welcome! The children wore masks, there was dancing and singing, and celebrating.
The school is extremely special but what struck us most were the teachers. They are so deeply committed and excited about the work they are doing.