Bryony Spooner, Sefton Park parent and Deki Director has just returned from a trip to Ghana, visiting the projects that have been supported by Sefton Park. Read on to find out how Bryony got on.
"I have just returned from a 9-day trip to North East and North West Ghana to visit projects that Deki has been supporting. Both areas of the country are incredibly remote and impoverished and took several days of travelling to reach. I was told by one village we were the first white people to have ever visited their village. In each area we went to, people had waited several hours under the local ‘Baobab’ tree to meet us. It was a challenging trip but incredibly rewarding to see the difference that the loans are making – especially the ones made by the children of Sefton Park School.
I was moved to tears from hearing countless tales of how lives have been changed thanks to the children. Because of the increased income generated by the loans, families are now affording to send all of their children to school, give them 2 meals a day, and access basic healthcare (£4 a year). Even more poignant was the news that the children are no longer needing to have blood transfusions due to malnutrition or catching malaria, as they now sleep under mosquito nets. Their parents say they can sleep at night now without fearing for their future. In one village I visited, they had even saved enough income to buy a motorbike so that they can take sick people to hospital; something that never happened before.
"This has all happened because children continue to diligently re-lend their repayments every month, through their Deki committee. This month they will re-lend over £1,000 alone and to date have lent nearly £15,000 through 200 loans.
"I am so proud of the children and what they have achieved. They know that even at 6 or 7 years old they can still directly change another person’s life for the better.
"I can’t wait to come into school in September to share footage and stories with the children from their sponsored entrepreneurs. Thank you also to the parents for their continued support. If you want to find out more, please visit our website deki.org.uk or find us on facebook.
"Have a wonderful summer.