This is a time of consolidation and growth, where the most successful projects of last year are being rolled out to new groups.
The team are progressing well with their natural medicine work. Their designated treatment day is Friday, where they are increasingly treating people at the CHIPS base, in Nakapayili. Many visitors come from the surrounding villages to buy the high quality natural medicines that the team provide. Some training has been given from nurses and specialists in the natural medicine field this year - visitors from Discover (a partner project of CHIPS) have come from the US, Germany and South Ghana to share their knowledge and skills.
Since January, twenty sheep and eighty goats have been shared amongst fifty widows and their families. The above photo is of one lady, next to a shelter that she has produced to house her animals. The sale of goats milk will provide a steady income and help them overcome the enormous stigma of widowhood. Goat breeding schemes have proved a real success for the Ghana project in past years in alleviating stresses over income and livelihood between groups that are in tension. This year the project is expanding to reach more vulnerable people.
Another major project that CHIPS Ghana is running is a hand washing and sanitation project in schools. An incredible 3000 children will benefit from the initiative. The World Food Programme (WFP) identified twenty six Primary Schools, in the poorest areas of the Nanumba district as being in need of support. The children attending these schools were being prevented from their studies due to issues with nutrition and sickness - wth some actually dying from disease. Despite the WFP providing a successful program addressing nutritional needs in the schools, the children are still getting sick when they eat because there are not adequate sanitation facilities there. The Ghana team train the children in sanitation techniques and build hand washing facilities at the schools.