I’m in far northern Ghana in a town called Bolgatanga. (You can find it on a detailed map by looking north to Tamale, then continuing north past Savelugu, past WaleWale which is north east of Mole National Park, and then continuing north to Bolgatanga where we are staying. From Bolgatanga, one drives an hour further north/northwest on very rutted, packed dirt roads.
The group I’m traveling with is an American church delegation representing people who raised the money to fund the school’s construction dedicated yesterday. It’s all happened (their desire, finding the right partners, raising the money, negotiating permits with the local authorities, and construction) in the last 2 years — a very fast turn around time.
Check out their site, HelpGhanaNow .
The delegation’s primary reason for being on this particular trip is collaboration. They are fostering their relationship with the Ghanains for whom they are funding infrastructure, and they are videotaping the places and stories of the people, the needs, and the accomplishments (all in order to foster collaborative relationships with the rapidly expanding donor base supporting efforts through Help Ghana Now.)
The great advantage to this for you as a reader is that Susan Logsdon, one of the photographers, has offered these amazing photos below (see her facebook page for more).
Susan and I sought shade in the little Methodist Church building as we waited for the driver to be located. This is the church and the children who became curious about us.