On the 10th of the month, the Resource Team in collaboration with Mondo volunteers and the Presentation Brothers organised a clean-up exercise within the Kongo and Logre communities in the Upper East Region to mark the 2019 World Earth Day celebration. Three Junior High Schools participated in the exercise – Presentation JHS, Kongo JHS and Girls Model JHS. The Primary Six pupils of Presentation Primary also joined. This exercise was the maiden edition and it is envisaged to be carried out every year. One of the reasons for the clean-up exercise was also to raise the awareness for the need to care for the environment. It is a step in the right direction in responding to the global call to care for mother earth. A lot of effort was put into the planning and execution of the exercise. There were pens and customised books printed for participants in the exercise. This was but to appreciate them for volunteering to take part in the exercise. It is therefore hoped that this exercise will continue annually and that those who participated will continue to help in practicing and educating others on how to care for mother earth.
John Mark and Joshua were at Fumbisi a community in the Upper East region of Ghana for a mentoring workshop in the Wisdom of Traditions Unit. The weekend turned out to be the best of its kind in this particular community ever since the programme began. The participants, though not many, were of the target group and they engaged the discussions very well. They expressed the need for some of the sessions to be treated with the larger Christian community. The Team Members present encouraged the young people echoing the words of Mahatma Gandhi to lead the way in “Being the change they want to see in [their communities]”.
From the 17th to the 24th, the Resource Room was closed for the Easter. Resuming on the 25th, the team travelled to Tamale. Hagar and Fr. Leo represented the team in a meeting with the Zonal leaders of the Tamale zone on the 26th to discuss the integration and sustainability of the programme. It was a fruitful meeting as issues were properly discussed and plans put in place.
Fr. Leo, Jeremiah and Joshua travelled to Damongo in the Savannah region of Ghana for a workshop. The workshop was to select suitable candidates to be trained as volunteer facilitators in that zone. On arrival, the team had the chance to visit the Bishop of the Damongo Diocese. He expressed his interest in the programme explaining how it will be of great help to the young people of his diocese regarding the openness of the programme to promote ecumenism and interfaith relationships. In encountering the youth, the team was able to select some candidates for the training and asked the youth chaplain to look into it and to bring in young people from other churches and the Islamic community to be part of the training. He assured the team that he was going to try and get them to be part of the training. The training of the facilitators in this new area is scheduled for October 9 to 13, 2019.
The Resource Team is grateful as always to all who have contributed in many ways in making this month’s activities to come to pass successfully. To the Presentation Brothers, the Volunteers, the Youth leaders, the participants the team encountered at the various places and the benefactors of the programme more especially Misean Cara - Ireland, gratitude is yours immeasurably and it is the prayer of the team that God bless you and keep you; that your cup will overflow with blessings.
For SELL Resource Team, Ghana