In August 2013 I visited the Ekumfi Etsibeedu village alongside a student-led medico-dental brigade from King's College London.
I had the opportunity to spend time with the children and their families, visit the Ekumfi Etsibeedu school and visit homes. We were quickly welcomed into the vibrant culture; a large part of the visit was indeed occupied by dancing and playing music!
Towards the end of the visit I was overwhelmed by the gratitude of the children and their families, particularly considering the team was only there for a short time. As a leaving gift, a bag of footballs was given to the children. I will never forget the look on their faces as we presented the footballs! It became clear, very early on, that the children were excited by things that to us may have appeared "basic" or "simple". It was humbling spending time with them; a young child, named Justice, simply asked if we would ever return and if we were to, could we bring him a schoolbag. I made a promise to him, that I would. I can safely say, that the time I spent in the village, was the happiest I have ever been and hence I founded the trust to help continue the work in the community and others like it.
Once I got back to the UK, I set about holding Afrobeats events in my hometown Brixton, London. Through the events and personal donations, I was able to raise enough funding to register my charity with the commission and to also carry out the first two projects.
I returned back to Ghana in August 2014 and using the donations, the trust worked with the community to regenerate the local run-down school, helping to create an environment conducive to learning and to help inspire the children.
I return to Ghana this June, to complete the second project, building the community's very first school library! The nearest library for the village is about a 4 hour drive away in the city. My long term vision for the charity is to continue to regenerate schools and build libraries in rural Ghana and to eventually in other parts of the continent. Without support in the UK I would not be able to fulfill my promise to Justice and the community. So thank you. Love M x