Impressions (Janina Bröder march 2015)

THE POTTERLADIES PROJECT

The signboards which are showing the visitors of Kpando the way to the potter shed haven’t changed their positions. In contrast to them, the shed has moved to the land that was bought for the potter guild.
The container now stands on the foundation that was built for it – but only one quarter of it: three of four legs are up in the air. Half of the roof is installed on the shed, the canopy lies destroyed behind the shed.
The door is unlocked; the inside is a disastrous sight. Everything lies around like as if a tornado has passed the shed: pots, shelved, tables. The walls are shaking, everything is dirty.
Mama Ablolo, now the only responsible for the potter association, has stored her works in the shed but still works at home.

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HARDTHAVEN CHILDREN'S HOME, KPANDO/VR

As sad as the sight of the destroyed shed is, as beautiful are the results of the work of Edem and Jessy Adjordor. In their orphanage they take care of victims of HIV/AIDS like as usual. The latest addition to the HardtHaven family is the four month old Ella, who has been abandoned by her mother. Edem is still very committed to the community work and supports people in Kpando and the surrounding area that wouldn’t have any chance without him. Edem introduced me to two cases, which have benefited the most from the last donation.

Five year old Kekeli whose name signifies “pride”, lives together with his mother about 30 minutes in the car away from Kpando in the small village Kwamekrom. Both, mother and son are HIV/AIDS infected. The boy also suffers from an abscess at his left eye. Because of Edem he now gets the medicaments to keep the illness back as long as possible. In addition to that, an extensive check-up at the best hospital in Accra will take place soon to attain certainty about the abscess.
We also meet Gossilia, a twenty year old girl that stays with her mother out of Kpando. Fourteen years ago she was diagnosed with HIV but her mother refused any treatment. The results of this negligence are among other things the critical underweight of Gossilia. Meanwhile Edem supports her so that she has a chance to survive.

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INCLUSION PROJECT

The development of Kofi is also very pleasant. At the vocational school of Alavanyo he lives and learns to become a cobbler. His caretakers are absolutely satisfied with Kofi. After all the years of no stimulation he seems to absorb as much knowledge as possible.
During the holidays, Kofi stays at HardtHaven. In addition to that, Edem takes care that Kofi does not lose the relation to his family and they meet his relatives together.
When we’ve met him in Alavanyo, Kofi made a very lucky impression!

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