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Ghana 2002


The Catholic development project in Funsi has a diverse range of ongoing projects. For example, there has been a lot of recent work with disabled people. Despite the strong feeling of community compared to the UK, I was surprised to learn that families in Funsi often despise cripples.

Blind gardeners are lent money in a microcredit scheme. They use it to farm these groundnuts (peanuts) that James Dumah is showing me, and which then pay back the loan. They are left with enough money to continue farming by themselves.

The project has educated families to look after disabled relatives better, and trained the cripples in weaving or leatherwork. In addition they fund basic medical needs, such as shoes and blocks for walking with your arms, and physiotherapy at the hospital.

Women collecting water from the borehole in Funsi. I showed them their photo on the digital camera's screen, which they found amazing.

The boreholes don't provide any water in the dry season, so people drink from the wells and streams. These spread typhoid. The project is going to to educate people about latrines to keep shit well away from drinking water. They would like to also start a health insurance scheme.

I stumbled upon this meeting while walking round the village. These men are starting a funeral insurance scheme. They will all pay into a fund, and if one of their relatives dies, the fund will pay for the funeral.

Women's issues are now important to the development project, as helping women helps the family and children. Giving money to men, it gets spent on funerals, and on community level projects. The development project thinks that the best benefits at the moment will come from helping the family, for example improved nutrition.


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