July Project Roundup
July 29, 2016
Our leadership team visited Just Hope Ghana this month, which included more agricultural trainings from David Reeves. Many of the demo plots are being harvested, which will be measured for benchmarking purposes.
The very first savings group that Just Hope facilitated in Ghana is nearing the completion of its first one-year cycle. Initial reports are showing that members of this group have earned 19% on their financial investments! Peter is training up David Dyer to take on an expanded management role.
Bauya, Sierra Leone
In Bauya, heavy rains and flooding have inhibited savings group activity, and we pray that the weather will relent in the coming days. Leadership team members visited Sierra Leone this month to connect with Sullay, Joe, Jenneh, Shanty, John, Foday and our many other colleagues in the area. Amanda and Liz made their first visit to West Africa! We are thrilled to announce that Jenneh has officially joined Just Hope as an employee, effective the end of July.
Lunsar, Sierra Leone
Sullay and Joe conducted a successful trip to Lunsar to assist with savings group meetings and encourage the growth of those in the Lunsar area.
Shanty and John were wonderful hosts for Sullay and Joe, arranging important meetings with potential savings group members and preparing lodging and meals. They were very helpful preparing for our visit as well, and it was a joy to visit with them. We have equipped John with a mobile phone, and he already is doing a great job of keeping us informed with regard to compost temperature, germination rate of corn seeds and photos of all the demo sites. Even though we have returned home, it almost feels like we are still there, thanks to his great communication!
As we marked the mid-point of this pilot project, Laurie and Phillip had a successful trip to Panama. Our communication with Carolina is improving, and we are seeking some late model iPhones that we can provide to the survival skills classes so that they can Facetime with Carolina every week.
During our visits, the girls articulated well their gratitude for the program and the highlights of what they have learned. The teachers and nuns are also pleased with the girls’ progress. All confirmed seeing significant changes in the girls’ actions and behavior with a direct correlation to the subjects we have covered in the classes.
Raul is almost out of shoes and plans to liquidate the remaining shoes to finance another container of shoes, which he expects to receive in about three months. For the most part, he is operating independently of Just Hope, and he reports that profits from the second container should have him in position to fully fund the Survival Skills ministry on his own beginning in January 2017.