To build a library for the community of Senchi Ferry, Ghana.
We plan to raise approximately $50,000 to build and furnish the library.
It will include:
- A children's library
- An adult library
- A computer room
- An office for the Director
The main focus of the library is to provide a variety of books and learning materials and computers to end the reading famine in Senchi Ferry.
It all began in April, 2007 as a volunteer teacher with Global Volunteers. I traveled to the small village of Senchi Ferry in Western Ghana, Africa. It was there that I not only had the privilege of teaching the beautiful children of this village, but had the opportunity to meet the most welcoming, kind hearted, spirited community of people I have ever met. One day while working in the classroom, I talked with the children about their dreams for the future. I was surprised to find that in the midst of their underprivileged lives,and the absence of books, they too have dreams of becoming doctors, pilots, scientists and teachers. They have dreams of changing Africa through their own education.
I met Emmanuel, a bright 12 year old who dreams of becoming a doctor, but has never seen a picture of the human body. Rosina dreams of becoming a pilot, yet she has never seen a map of her own country. It was through listening to the children's dreams that a dream of my own formed in my heart - to create a library for the children of this village.
I have just returned from my second trip to Senchi Ferry. This time I brought with me a suitcase filled with children's picture books. I had the amazing experience of introducing picture books to children of all ages for the very first time. I cannot begin to describe the magic of witnessing the absolute joy and delight that emanated from their faces as colorful pictures helped tell the stories that were read to them. These children were hungry for books to read.
I presented the idea of working through Global Volunteers to build a library. The chiefs, elders, teachers and children have all embraced the idea of building a library in their village. The location has been chosen, the blueprint has been drawn. Prayers have been offered for the success of our vision.