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    Hello!

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    Basil Johnston went to Ghana as a volunteer in 2000.

    Heres Charity (Basils unofficiallyadopted daughter) who is a teacherat the school.

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    Ghana

    Scotland

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    Basil Johnston became best friends with Juliet Osafo, Headof the school where she was volunteering. They decided tobuild a school together.

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    Juliet is now ourGhanaian director.

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    Tafo

    The school is 2 hours in land fromGhanas capital, Accra

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    A typical rural village home.Most houses dont have

    electricity, none have runningwater or sanitation.

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    Another typical rural village home

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    Abigail having her morning bath!

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    Asafo village many of our children

    come from here.

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    The aim of our school is to educate thebrightest children from the outlying

    impoverished villages.

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    May 2002 Buying theland to build Juliet JohnstonSchoolwe bought enough land so we could farm and feed

    our children. Many rural children only eat two or threemeals A WEEK!

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    Clearing theland we had to get permits to cut down thebigger trees which we then used to build our schoolfurniture.

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    Building the school

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    Building the school

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    Our school

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    We opened in September

    2003 with 49 children.

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    The Chief of Tafoattending our Open Day.

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    The children showing the Chief t fortickle and v for vomit! The children

    adapted Jolly Phonics for Ghana

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    A typical state school

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    A typical state classroom

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    Another typical state classroom!

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    And another

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    One of our classrooms

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    Another of our classrooms

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    Phonics with

    Madam Mercy

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    Guided reading with

    Madam Charity

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    Lunch time

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    Playtime

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    We now have over 300 children!

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    One of our 2 school buses. It takes each minibus over 4 hours totransport our children to school and back every day over veryharsh terrain because we have over 300 children and our

    catchment area of outlying villages is huge.

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    It looks good but this bus was 17 years old when webought it and cost 10,000! Secondhand vehicles inGhana are 4 or 5 times the price in Europe.

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    The majority of ourchildrens parents are

    subsistence farmers.

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    Ophelia Boateng is 5 years old, extremely bright and extremely poor. Her father had a stroke2 years ago at the age of 46 and is unable to farm, while her mother is a tomato and pepperpetty trader. She is one of 6. Sponsored by a UK donor, Ophelia is doing really well at school.

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    Volunteer project manager Matt Brown

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    Volunteer Rebecca Morrow

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    Cutlass!

    Ghana is a very peaceful country and held its 5th democratic presidentialelection December 2008. In other countries a cutlass is seen as a weapon,but in Ghana its a useful farming tool used by all children and adults alike.

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    Despite the enormous cost of transporting so many children we remaincommitted to our objective of educating as many of the brightestchildren from the poorest outlying villages as we can.

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    Thank you for supporting us!