Wow. I can't believe it's been 1 week since I've been home. Not sure my heart is fully here though, but it is so good to hug my babes and cuddle my hubby. And since I've been home, I've been thrown into the busyness of life, as any "good american." WHY is busy good? It's totally not, and I actually hate it - it's so stressful. I am really going to try to stop more. I remember one day when in Wa, Joha (our Ghanaian director), told us we completed 2 full days of work in less than 10 hours. Oh how I strive to be NOT BUSY. Good luck, right? Living in Orange County.
Well I figured you would want to know everything we did, yes? I mean - you did send us there. And I promise it was a very fruitful trip. Main points:
1) All 4 directors in the same country, same place, same time - AMAZING!!!! This allowed us to have very productive meetings and talk about things that really needed to happen face to face.
2) Visited children who are in our sponsorship program and identified new children to add to our program. Stay tuned how you can sponsor one of these little angels for only $25 a month. :) (They are writing their sponsors letters... so sweet!)
3) Made a new friendship with a church in Kasoa whom we will be able to partner with for future ministry mission trips, sponsorship, etc.
4) Sat down with government officials in Wa (a community that is in desperate need of love and help in the upper west). These meetings were so good to have with Social Welfare because now they are on board with what EP is striving to do.
5) Dreamed of plans for a rehabilitation center in Wa - one that would welcome children for a short period of time, give them counseling with their families, medical attention, school, etc with the purpose of reunifying them with their families when possible. Looked at a potential site.
6) delivered treated mosquito nets and food to children homes all over the country, literally - you haven't experienced Ghana until you drive on those famous dirt roads. Wow. Take your Dramamine.
What's next???? Well, there are so many ways to get involved - we're a brand new baby organization and we would LOVE to have you on board. Here's just a few tidbits with more info coming.
* Sponsor a child! Or a family. This family lives in the little shack pictured behind them with no washroom or clean water.
* One of our directors in Ghana also has a children's home that she is funding from her personal money. EP has given her 1 month of sponsorship to keep it open in September, but we'll need to find her an ongoing sponsor to help out with finances. It costs around $350 per month to keep her home open. that's only $50 a month for 7 people. Maybe your life group wants to partner with us?
* We're opening an Eban Project store online and we would love for a volunteer to help run that and ship out orders.
* Wa! Good at fundraising or grant writing? We would love help fundraising money for all EP's efforts in Wa - mainly the rehabilitation center which is estimated to be around $35K.
* Come to Ghana with us!! Are you interested in going on a Missions Trip or taking your church, group of friends, coworkers to Ghana? Let us know - we can definitely use people of all ages. I would love for you to visit my 2nd home and eat some banku with us!
Love you for loving us so much!