We are so proud to announce the official Groundbreaking Event of the Sanitation Project in Medie, Ghana!
Over 300 attended the Groundbreaking Event including Rotarian Past President Lucinda Enderby from Rotary Club-Houghton, MI. Madam Lucinda visited Ghana for the week and took in many sites and new tasty dishes! She was welcomed and thanked many times over by the citizens of Medie and the local agencies such as the Chief Executive Officer of Ga West Assembly, the Chief and Assemblyman of Medie. Leaders in the community, local business owners and schools and churches cheered for the Sanitation Project and the partnership between Ghana and the combined Rotary Clubs (U.S. and Ghana).
Also in attendance was Fr. Robert Billy Gbetty from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church (providing the opening prayer), several local Imams and a representative of the Hare Krishna Church in Medie.
Many of you are wondering what became of the Sanitation Project?! Well, what started as a 3-month project became a 9-month plus project! It takes time to coordinate and develop agreement between government agencies, community leaders, stakeholders and even the community to plan a super project as large as this one.
Of course a critical issue is raising the funds for such a huge project.
Rotary Clubs in the U.S. – that is,
- · Rotary Club Houghton (MI),
- · Appleton Downtown Rotary Club (WI),
- · Calamet-Laurium-Keweenaw Rotary Club (MI) and
- · Santa Ynez (CA) Rotary Club
All partnered together financially to support our Sanitation Project. Thank you!
Their donations were matched by the
- · Rotary District #6220 in Michigan.
- · Rotary International then combines all of these donations and adds additional funds for a total of $35,000.
Additional funds and partnership with the
- · Rotary Club Accra-West (Accra, Ghana)
all united to complete this project.
We are so grateful to all of you Rotarians who individually and combined partnered with us to complete the Sanitation Project in Medie, Ghana. We could not have done this without you!
Now that the funds are approved … the professionals in Ghana will come together to clear the toxic waste, add a layer of laterite and plant trees for an environmental transformation of an existing neighborhood. In addition, contractors are completing an abandoned W.C. building that will give citizens an outlet for maintaining the beautiful environment.
The Joy2theWorld team worked tirelessly over the past 9 months to keep the dream alive while developing cooperation with all the stakeholders. While so much of the work is still ahead of us, we are proud of Mohammed Sulemana and Sarah Ehlinger for their persistence and team building.
We will keep you advised as we move along in this historic sanitation project!