Doug Wiles

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Mar 112011
 

Doug Wiles

My experience in the Abuadi Community was one I will never forget.
During my 10 weeks living in the community I learnt valuable life experiences, formed life long friendships and learnt to appreciate the immense hardship people suffer because of poverty. Being the first volunteer for Abuadi community I was blessed to be given the opportunity to help form a Community Based Organisation (CBO) and work to improve the communities access to the vital tools and infrastructure a community needs to prosper. Upon my arrival I was struck by the friendliness, pride and immense determination the members of the CBO and the community have to improve the life of all those people in the community. Abuadi has a strong sense of community and during my time I felt as if I was part of the wider community family. During my stay I was also lucky enough to travel around Ghana with fellow volunteers and my caretaker and friend Anani who helped show me the wonders of Ghana and help me feel at home in the Abuadi community. Upon my departure I was struck speechless when, to my surprise, I was awarded and blessed with gifts of traditional community clothes and inducted as an official village elder; “Togbe Kofi Bruni”. I am immensely grateful to the community for taking me in and making me feel part of the community, while having the opportunity to have the best learning experiences and fun of my life. Abuadi deserves everything they receive and I am hopeful I can still contribute anyway I can in the future to improve the lives of these amazing people. I will never forget when I taught at the local school the happiness and joy in the children’s faces and the immense dedication to learn and achieve with no access to the most basic education tools children from my country take for granted. The CBO members are the most determined people I have met and their dedication to uplift the community out of poverty is second to none. Please help me to reward the community with the basic needs to live, because there are not any people in the world more deserving.

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Amber Mills

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Mar 112011
 

Amber Mills

In November of 2010, I was afforded the opportunity to volunteer in Abuadi.  I am very thankful for their generosity. My time in the village was limited, but I learned a tremendous amount in that short time.  The cultural exchange proved beneficial to both myself and the village.  I learned about music and dance, food and cooking, farms and markets, while the individuals I dealt with were exposed to a different perspective and introduced to new tools.  It is my sincerest hope that Abuadi will continue to grow and learn.    

 

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Melva Lee

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Mar 112010
 

Melva Lee

My time in the Abuadi Community was one of the most rewarding times of my whole life. During my 4 weeks living in the community I had a most amazing time, although too short and I plan to return there as soon as I can save and enlist enough support to do so. I left a lot of dear friends and unfinished work behind. Like others that went to Abuadi before me, I found something wonderful there that is missing in our modern busy world. I developed an appreciation of the blessings we have and an understanding of the immense hardship people face with courage because of poverty. I also realized how difficult and isolated many people are when it comes to accessing resources to make a real significant change. The friendliness care  and protection and love I was given in return by just being there was amazing! Every person in the village gave me encouragement despite it being a very hard time there when I arrived.   They guided me in every situation and taught me so much about the environment and the culture.  I was given such respect that i felt extremely humbled. I had the time of my life and fell in love with the place and the people and I long to go back there and get that DAM finished!! There is so much needing to be done there and the people work so hard for such little reward. I look forward to being any small part of the future and seeing Abuadi grow and become and even more beautiful and wonderful place to be. I hope the modern world does not spoil its natural beauty but I also  hope it has a wonderful future.

And my commitment is continuing .. I am working on funding applications and submissions to contribute to the recommissioning of the Dam that will enable the community to  establish a farm to help develop further projects.

 Posted by at 7:08 pm