Andrews back in Ghana with computers, donations and students in tow
Curtis Andrews Dzogadze.
The Carbonear musician has returned to the Ghanian village where — almost a year ago — he helped open a school, a school for which he led the fundraising and completion. The school now has seven teachers and about 175 students - and Andrews is returning with 10 students of his own who “ have a hunger for all that this little village has to offer,” according to a press release from Andrews’ mother, Rose.
From April 1 to April 22, Andrews trip promises to take travelers into the “epicenter of Ghana’s traditional life and culture,” according to Andrews’ website, including drum lessons with experts in Dzogadze, trips to a rainforest park, waterfalls, a monkey sanctuary, and the slave castles of Cape Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Also making the trip are donations of supplies gathered through the Dzogadze Educational Fund, aimed at helping day-to-day operations of the school and providing scholarships to students who wish to continue studies at the high school level (the school currently teaches up to the equivalent level of Canadian junior high).
One of the new projects for the school is a computer lab, and Andrews’ mother Rose put out a request for used or new laptops to be donated. She was hoping for two, but was given eight, including two new ones, and four used ones donated by the Bell Aliant Pioneers. If the eight computers are more than what the school needs, Rose says, the unneeded ones will be donated to post-secondary students.
Also making the trip to Africa are collected digital cameras, clothes, soccer uniforms and cleats, as well as more than $2,000 from a recent fundraiser that will be used to buy essentials for the village and supplies for the schools, according the press release, which also notes that the shopping will be done when the group arrives, because many items — including school supplies and mosquito nets — are cheaper to buy there.
The Dzogadze Educational Fund recently received a donation of four used laptops from the Bell Aliant Pioneers. From left: Rose and Gerald Andrews; John Vaters, Bell Aliant Pioneer volunteer; and Rod Higdon, Bell Aliant area manager.