Category: Alavanyo Library

Wonderful Marathon Runners raise funds for Community projects. Thank you!

David and Kate at the start
And again at the end of 13.1 gruelling miles

Just how do you thank these wonderful people for training and then running the Oxford Half Marathon. The distance 13.1 miles, thats just over 21 km in 2 hours 15 minutes and 2 hours 22 minutes. Akpe kakaka (Ewe language for thank you totally)

At 6 miles (10 Km)

Kate at 8 miles (13Km)
Still smiling

David at 8 miles (13Km)
Still happy

They have raised over £800 and when you add on the gift aid this will be about £1,000.
Phenomenal.
This amount can go a long way towards helping communities build a toilet block, renovate a library or even go towards putting in a borehole to provide clean drinking water.
For example the money raised could go a long way to building the superstructure on the toilet and roof it.
How worthwhile is that.

The funds raised could convert this
to this…
Foli John and Michael Deh who are working on the Alavanyo Agome Toilet say Akpe bor oo (A very big thankyou)

If you’ve been inspired by David & Kate’s fundraising and would like to run the Oxford Half Marathon 2022 or any other fundraising initiative please get in touch

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Sparkling plaque thanking all involved in the library project.

A huge thank you to the people of the Alavanyo community who under the leadership of Clemence Kitsi renovated the community library.

They made new tables with individual carrels and more shelving. They replaced the termite eaten wooden louvered windows with glass windows. This has made the whole room light and airey. They put in a termite proof plastic ceiling which not only insulates the room from the heat but allows people to work when the rains hammer on the corrugated metal roof. To help with making it even more comfortable they installed ceiling fans and better lighting. We bought new chairs and painted the whole room.

Building the bookshelves.
Desks and bookshelves all ready.
Delivering the chairs.

A library to be enjoyed.

To recognise all of the people and organisations involved a plaque has been put inside and outside the building. The major donors are mentioned but sadly we couldn’t fit in the names of everyone who has individually donated to Community Action Ghana. A big thank you to everyone involved.

A library is not a lot of use without books so a final thank you from us and the people of Alavanyo to Book Aid international who provided a powerful injection of books.

Inside above the new shelving and books.
Outside in the corridor.
Windows, shelving, paintwork, new books and ceiling visible here.

Major donors
Viktoria Luis Gymnasium, Hameln, Germany
Q’antati Weltladen, Hameln, Germany
Botley Windscreens, Oxford, UK
Book Aid international, London, UK

Students and teachers enjoying the books.

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Collecting all the wonderful Library Books from Accra.

Clemence got up at 1.00 am to start the journey to get the books donated by Book Aid International from the Ghana Library Authority in Accra.
After some difficulties surrounding getting funds transfered to him in Accra and packing up the vehicle they set off for Alavanyo finally reaching it late into the night.
They unloaded the 84 boxes of books and stored them in the library we have renovated for the Alavanyo community.

Loading up the minibus at Accra.
Arriving at Alavanyo and moving the boxes into the library.
Stacked ready for sorting and stamping.

The next week a very willing group of students set too and stamped all of the books with both the Book Aid International stamp. They sorted ghe books and those for the Alavanyo Community Library were given their stamp. They reboxed the others so they could be transported to the community library in Tafe Atome.

Sorting.
Stamping.
Teachers and students reading the books at Alavanyo Community Library .

Why books? Well they don’t need any batteries, data, or internet connection. We are extremely grateful to Book Aid for this donation and to Clemence for all of his hard work to get them to the communities. To help us reach more people through providing opportunities to read and learn please donate today

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Library Chairs have arrived

The chairs have arrived.
Twenty chairs for twenty readers.
Just waiting for the books which will soon be at Tema.

Alavanyo Kpeve’s library is almost finished. The books are on the way. Huge thanks to everyone who has been involved in this project either by donating money, time, skills or even quiet support. All have been appreciated.

Alavanyo Wudidi and Hohoe Wegbe Communities have asked if we can help them renovate and stock their ‘libraries’. Book Aid International have agreed to provide a stock of books. We and the communities just need to make the rooms fit for purpose. The communities are filling in the forms for the books they want. Community Action Ghana is busy looking for donors to help fund the furniture, paint and other essentials.

Outside Alavanyo Wudidi’s library.
Inside Alavanyo Wudidi’s library.

Alavanyo Wudidi’s library needs rather a lot doing to it. Furniture, books, a lick of paint, a ceiling, upgraded lighting and fans. The windows look as if they could well do with being replaced by glass.

Outside Hohoe Wegbe’s library.
Inside Hohoe Wegbe’s library

As you can see this library in Hohoe Wegbe is reasonably set up but needs books and furniture.

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Library Windows and Floor

The library is being painted and generally cleaned up for the books arriving at the end of the year. But the windows, if you can call them that, are in rather a state of disrepair. I think you will agree, they need replacing. The floor has also started to disintegrate and needs a new thick skim of strong cement. If you would like to help repair these you can either donate directly or nominate Community Action Ghana as your Amazon Smile Charity or as your Easyfundraising nominated charity when you shop online.

These louvre windows have seen better days.
This floor needs some TLC.

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Library Books Scheduled to Arrive

What would a library be without books? Well with financial contributions from Community Action Ghana the community of Alavanyo have almost finished renovating their library, putting in a new ceiling and making furniture. The WONDERFUL Book Aid International is getting ready to ship 2,000 books for them. The library in Tafi Atome that Community Action Ghana initiated in 2010 will also be getting 1,000 books to restock their shelves.
The books should arrive in December or January 2021. What a wonderful New Year Present. Thank you Book Aid.

Tafi Atome Library
Book cases ready for the books in Alavanyo Library

Making the tables in Alavanyo Library

Ceiling fans installed in Alavanyo Library

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The library ceiling goes up

The first job in renovating the library for the communities of Alavanyo is to put the ceiling up. All of the holes allowing bats to get into an enclosed ceiling space are now blocked so the ceiling can go up. In mitigation of depriving the bats of a comfortable roost we are investigating the possibility of using any left-over pieces of wood from the furniture building to make some bat boxes to put up in the school grounds.

Does anyone have the dimensions needed for a bat box?

Measuring ceiling strips
Cutting the strip

Fitting the first strip

The first strips are fitted in small pieces as the ceiling is wider than the full length of the strips. The full length strips will then cover the rest of the ceiling.

Fixing the holder for the main ceiling strips
The strips then go up easily.
The ceiling is finished

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Joy as Work starts on the new library.

Work has started on the Alavanyo Community Library. The students at Alavanyo Secondary Technical High School are renovating the room as part of their practical lessons, under the supervision of their teachers. This library will be used by the whole community as well as the students.

Materials for renovation arriving at the Alavanyo Technical High School
Transporting a ceiling!
Termite proofing the timbers
Putting up the framework 1
Putting up the framework 2

We still need more donations to complete the renovations. Please donate today to help the community access the education they deserve.

We are also looking for a volunteer libriarian to train the teachers or members of the community how to run the library. Either by travelling to Ghana or deliering the training remotley you would make a huge difference. Contact us for more information about volunteering opportunities.

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Libraries are important

In the Alavanyo community, where we are currently working building more toilets, there is a need for a community library. We identified a room in the Technical High School in Alavanyo Kpeme that is used as the school library. It needs thorough renovation. We are currently gathering funds to refurbish it.

The refurbishment will mean putting in a ceiling with ceiling fans and better lighting, more shelving and tables and painting the walls. As part of their practical work the students, under the supervision of their teachers, will make the furniture, paint the walls and install the ceiling. This not only keeps the costs down but involves the community in their project.

Book Aid International are providing 2000 books which should be delivered by the end of 2020.

To make sure the room is ready please donate so this community infrastructure is ready in time for the books.

The current library in Alavanyo Kpeme
The new library in Tafi Atome

In 2009 we were working in Tafi Atome in Ghana’a Volta Region building a communal toilet. People asked if we could help provide a library, so using a spare office in the Monkey Sanctuary as the library, we sent money to make shelving and provided a library kit of stamps cards etc. We collected 2 cubic meters of books from friends and acquaintances and sent them to the library. An American visitor was so impressed that the village had started a library she donated funds for a building. On our visit in 2019 we realised that even though the building was there it really needed many more books. We are working with Book Aid International to send 1000 books later in 2020

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