On October 7, 2016, the PTPI Kumasi University Chapter in Ghana collaberated with the PTPI Los Angeles Chapter to combat the lack of educational resources in the Regional Ashanti town of Asakentia. Their efforts to support the Asakentia M/A Primary School goes to show that one person, one chapter, can truly make a difference.
PTPI Chapter Projects: School Supplies to Asakentia M/A Primary School
In developing countries throughout the world, the struggle for obtaining access to basic education remains a grim reality for many children. According to a report by UNICEF, over 60 million children are prevented from learning to their full potential each day due to limited resources. The children of Asakentia M/A Primary School in the Ashanti region of Ghana are no exception.
The PTPI Kumasi University chapter wanted to do something about this. With much help and support from Ms. Natalie Besse and the PTPI Los Angeles Chapter, 15 members were able to give various school items like pens, pencils, 1000 exercises books, 100 desks and sharpeners to the school of 230-250 children.
But the process to help is not always easy...
President of the PTPI Kumasi University Chapter, Mr. Clement Besse, explains that it was quite a hectic process. "We had to consult with various carpenters to get the best of woods for the desks, and the same process was done for the printing of the books. Members were divided into three groups to be able to complete the task within time. The most difficult time during the process was sending the supplies to the school. The track couldn't enter the village because of the nature of bad roads in Asakentia. But with the help of our members and the people of the town, we managed to carry these supplies to the school. Members had to send the supplies to the school in the evening on two occasions, but all the same we were able to transport them peacefully."
Despite the difficulties they encountered, the chapter members found their reward when it came to presenting to the children their new school supplies. "The children were very excited," Mr. Clement Besse says, "because they never thought the school could receive such a kind donation.
In fact, this project really brought many tears after these school children stated that finally they are going to sit on a desk."
The Kumasi Chapter sent a wonderful thank you note to the donor who helped put such a smile on the face of the Asakentia school:
"People To People Kumasi University Chapter would like to say a very big thank you to Ms. Natalie Besse and PTPI for the overwhelming support given to the people and students of the Asakentia Community. The people and students of Asakentia M/A Primary School are grateful for your kind gesture. May God bless you and replenish the pockets where the financial support came from. Once again, thank you and may God bless abundantly."