In the Eastern region of Ghana lies a small village called Okurase. The village is known for its rich cultural craftsmanship in making drums. I was introduced to this village in 2010 by Brother Powerful and his sister Nana whilst planning the first Ghana Experience tour for 2011. During the tour we visit the Nkabon Centre, a Junior High School and participated in a drum and dance workshop.
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BAG OF CEMENT
In Ghana cement (50kg) costs approx from 20/25 Ghana cedis (depending on location) which was equivilant to approx £5 in 2011, and a vital element towards the construction of the Nkabom Centre. The friends of The Calabash Hub implemented the BAG of CEMENT campaign to raise donations that was used towards the purchase of raw materials. Donation raised £300
Friends of The Calabash Hub visited Okurase Junior High school in November 2015. We met boys & girls who enjoy attending school and shared with us their career aspiration for the future. The classrooms where beaming with bright students but met with such obstacles as limited electricity. In order for connections the Electricity Company of Ghana stated costs were required for: Service Poles, Meter, Wiring, Ceiling Fans and Workmanship. Donations raised by August 2017 = £1000
Since 2011 – 2019 Friends of the Calabash Hub tour groups collectively purchased art & craft supplies, books and stationery that were distributed to local Junior high school children and children attending the Nkabom centre.
DAYS FOR GIRLS
Money from donations to The Calabash Hub was used to purchase 50 Days for Girls Kits to Okurase District Junior School in November 2018. The kits enabled the girls to sustain menstrual care hygiene for up to 3 years.
Guests from Ghana 2019 Cultural Experience also donated reusable cloth sanitary pads which the school and girls were eternally grateful.
The DA JHS school team has been champions for the inter school sports activities for Asikasu zone four times in a row. Most of the students have interest in sporting activities especially athletics and football, but lack a uniformed team sports kit to wear with pride.
UPDATE: In July 2022 along with science teacher Mr Asenso we went to Makola market in Accra and purchase sports kits for 160 pupils. Each sports kit cost 33 cedis for a top and shorts. Total 5280 cedis (approx. £600).
Thank you to everyone who donated.