"Akwaaba!"

Every where we have been, be that a hospital, a guest house, a local village, or even a petrol station (!), we have been greeted with a outstretched arm and a smiling face welcoming us to this new place. "Akwaaba" is the local dialect word for 'welcome' and my goodness, do they really mean it. 

We're here not to build a well, or paint buildings, or to bring anything materially valuable- but rather to see how the money from Irish Methodists, through World Development and Relief, is being used to bring transformation to the lives of local people through sustainable and extremely well-researched means (info. on EVERYTHING will follow soon!)

The local Ghanaians know that this is our purpose as soon as we have been introduced and the 'Akwaaba' and 'thank you's continue. One woman we meet at the woodlot project, Grace, said "thank you for showing us such tremendous love". This is what money that WDR receives from Irish Methodists means to the people who are benefiting through our partners. Rev. Joseph Donkoh described our Church as a "source of hope to the hopeless". 

If the purpose of this trip was solely to understand the impact of WDR funds, then I'd say: Mission Accomplished.

Laura

 

Pictured: The Orthopaedic Ward at Wenchi, which was partly funded by money from WDR