An­drews back in Ghana with com­put­ers, do­na­tions and stu­dents in tow

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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.

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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.

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