Bringing hope and a positive future to the poorest children in Ghana
From nowhere to somewhere
Our school gets a makeover
Our School has opened for a new school year looking very different. The parents of the school wanted a new name for the school and the name Diamond Hill School was chosen as it links to the area of Ghana that the school is situated in. Alongside the name change the school has been painted a completely new colour and looks lovely.
New Videos from the project on Vimeo
A number of new videos showing the latest things that have been happening in the Ghana project have been added to our Vimeo site. Please click here to watch them.
A new saw for Gideon
Thanks to the generosity of some of a Ghana supporters a special saw for cutting UPVC windows has been purchased for Gideon so that he can start his own business.
Bridget gets electricity
Thanks to Christ Church Norris Green one of our sponsored children Bridget has now had electricity installed in her house. This means she can see to do her homework at night and she now has a TV which is helping her with her learning.
The new display.
Displays for Fayef
The focus for the team from the UK is making displays to go around school. Here are some of the children making Gruffalo masks for one of the dispays.
Books for school
Here are two of the children enjoying the reading books brought out from the UK for them to read in school.
Latest team visits the project
A new team has flown out from the Uk to spend time at Fayef school. Here is Sonia Ward, one of the team entertaining the children at the school by blowing bubbles.
The children at Senior High School return for Easter
The young people from Fayef who went off to Senior High School in September have returned to the Home of Hope for Easter. It is fantastic to hear how well they are doing at school.
Toothbrushes for the children at Fayef
A project to provide toothbrushes for the children at Fayef has led to the first delivery of toothbrushes to the Home of Hope. People in Northallerton were able to buy a toothbrush for a child. at the Home and once all of these were bought then these were sent out. Here is a picture of the children with their toothbrushes.
Steve Cowie visits the project to lead a Pastor's Conference. Here is a picture of him with Osmond' mum.
Middlesbrough Football Club Supporters
Thiago Cruz from Middlesbrough Football Culb stopped off at Fayef International School while in Ghana to meet the School's Mioddlesbrough Supporters Club.
New Bus for Fayef.
After the old bus died the children had to be transported to and from school by taxi. Sometimes it would take over an hour to transport each group of children from the school. Money has now been raised to purchase a new smaller bus that can cope easily with the terrain. As you can see the children were very happy to recieve their new bus. Fund are still being sought to purchase a second similsr bus so that we can ensure that transport can always be provided.
Children receive cards from thier sponsors
The latest team to go out from the Uk to visit our school in Ghana took cards from some of the sponsors to their children. The children enjoyed recieving them.
Osmond's visit to the UK 2016
April - May 2016
Members of the New Life Ghana Team including Liz, Marilyn and Steve J have been hosting Osmond during his annual visit to the UK. It has been great fun taking him to local schools and churches,renewing friendships and building new relationships. We have been truly overwhelmed by the generosity of others. The total raised so far on the visit is £3927.
Thank you to the following schools:
Stillington CP, Ainderby Steeple CofE, Yarm School who did a Bag2school collection, Pickhill Cof E asked the children to fill a map of Ghana with coins, Thornton-in Craven CP asked the children to wear the colours of the Ghana flag for an African themed day, Roseberry CP, Romanby Primary, Broomfield CP, North and South Cowton , Carlton Miniott CP and Applegarth CP.
And to the following churches:
Grange Road Baptist Church, Darlington who held an Afternoon Tea, St Luke’s, Beeston and New Life Baptist Church.
Raising Money for Fayef
Emily Hill bravely shaved off her eyebrows to raise money for the children at Fayef and the HoH. Her parents are taking her and her brother and sister to Ghana with another family once school has finished in the UK. The children are so looking forward to joining lessons at Fayef alongside the Ghanaian children – what an amazing experience for them.
Football Shirts for Ghana
Liam Vickers heard about the project from his mum and decided he would like to help by donating his Middlesbrough FC shirt and a photo of himself with Albert Adomah, a Ghanaian Middlesbrough player to one of the children in Ghana. A photo was posted on Twitter and Middlesbrough Football Club have responded by donating 10 football shirts for the children in Ghana. Look on Twitter for video of SHS student Henry wearing one of these shirts and showing off his ball skills. Thank you Liam and thank you Middlesbrough FC.
Work has started on the new toilets
There has been need to improve the toilets in the school. After some fundraising work has now started on constructuing them.
Appeal to replace the school bus
The school bus has been off the road. When this happens Osmond has to pick up the children in his car otherwise they don't attend school. The bus has been temporarily repaired but there is need to replace this vehicle. An appeal has been launched to raise £5000 to replace this bus with a smaller but newer model. If you would like to help please give some money on the donate page.
Children start Senior High school
Ten children from the Home of Hope have been given places in a number of different Senior High Schools in Ghana. Osmond has needed to purchase a large number of items for them including new uniform in order to prepare them for starting their new school.Many of them are boarding and so it has also felt like many of them are leaving home as they spend time away from the Home of Hope where they have lived for many years. Click here to see what they have needed to purchase to take with them.
The children in school get ready to perform a tradional Ghanian dance as part of the 2015 Graduation celebrations.
At their leaving assembly the children present a card that they have made specially.
The First Cohort of children leave Fayef
The first cohort of children reach the end of Junior High School. Ten of these children will be going onto Senior High school in September.
Headteacher starts new training
Rosemond, the Headteacher at Fayef, begins a Montessori Early Childhood course. Once qualified this will enhance the status of Fayef School in the local area. Parents at Fayef are helping to buy resources to use in the school.
Perpetual, one of many who loved the clothes generously given by the people of Northallerton for our recent trip.
A team from the Uk visit the project. Osmond has Ghanain clothes made for them all.
It's the birthday season! Children at the Home of Hope receive their cards.
The School Bus is fixed!
Unfortunately the school bus broke down and needed alot of repairs. The children travelled to school in the back of Osmonds car each day. The chidren were very pleased when the bus was fixed and they could travel in comfort to school as they did before.
Children go shopping
David and Kingsley, two children from The Home of Hope, go shopping in a large supermarket for the first time. This supermarket is in Accra, the capital of Ghana and is about 12 miles away from the project.
New drums for Fayef
New drums and flags have been purchased with money raised at the graduation.
On a Wednesday the school has a worship time in addition to their daily morning and afternoon assemblies. At this assembly, worship time lasts an hour or two and children engage in Bible Study and prayer. For some time they have taken an offering at this service and they saved enough money to purchase flag poles. Emmanuel Attoh one of the older boys in the Home has fixed the flag poles and the new flags have been raised.
Water in plentiful supply
The Borehole is finished. Children from the school are enjoying fresh water on tap.
The new teaching block is looking smart.
Osmond and his team have been painting the new teaching block. It will soon be ready to be used as new rooms for the high school.
Teachers at Fayef get a new uniform
The teachers proudly show off their new uniform.
Children excited as the first water comes out of the borehole
The children at Fayef International School have been starting to get ready for Christmas by writing their Christmas cards.
Great progress is being made in building the new teaching block
5th December 2014
With money raised this year Osmond has been able to begn building the new teaching block which is going to be a vital part of the Fayef High School. Progress has been swift and the rooms are taking shape. Included in this extesion will be a library, music room and science lab.
Children in the Home of Hope do their own fundraising
30th November 2014
Children in the Home of Hope have been decorating flip flops to sell.
As a result of people’s generosity, we have received a total of £34,000 so far this year. In addition to the sponsorship of the individual children we have been able to provide funds for some major maintenance on the school bus, emergency repairs to the roof at the Home of Hope when water poured in during the rainy season, nearly complete the final teaching block to provide a further classroom, science lab, music room and library and raise sufficient money to install a borehole.
Work on the Borehole starts
Thanks to the contribution of so many the borehole company have arrived. Osmond and the workmen began by praying that iron will not to found.
Fayef International School Graduation
A team were able to attend the school’s 4th graduation ceremony in August 2014. It was a fantastic occasion with children from each year group showcasing their talents in singing, dance, drama and poetry in front of some very proud parents. As the headteacher says in her annual report '‘The children performed marvellously to the glory of God'. Parents were asked to contribute what they could to the purchase of musical instruments for the school and it was gratifying to see that the target of £500 was reached due to the support of parents and a businessman and his local church.
Some of the challenges faced this year, taken from the headteacher’s annual report
Due to the outbreak of cholera in the country, keeping a clean environment was one of our major concerns. There is a saying: a healthy body goes with a healthy mind. You cannot have peace when you are not healthy physically. Teachers on duty were made in charge every week in order to keep the compound clean. Some of the children made the work difficult but we managed to strive to do the right thing. The availability of dustbins also helped. We are hoping to get more next term and fill in the potholes. The pick me up method also helped with proper supervision. Nurses from the community also came to give out free medicine vaccines against elephantiasis and worms. The children need to be healthy in order to study.
Osmond’s visit to UK
Osmond had a packed schedule while he was with us, preaching in a variety of places, visiting schools and enjoying some free time with friends and watching football. One of the most successful things we did was to arrange time for Osmond to meet with people in small groups in homes. Osmond visits the UK once a year with all the costs met by supporters in the UK.