We recently had a longtime Dreams for Orphans supporter and active ambassador travel to Village of Hope in Gomoa Fettah to bring supplies and check out the Pediatric Care Unit. Lisa Burke with her son, Jonathan, drove 1.5 hours outside Accra to the village of Gomoa Fetteh, to get to the Village of Hope location where the Unit is being built. When they arrived, they were moved and astounded by the progress of the pediatric care unit.
Lisa and Jonathan handed out supplies that they had collected from home, including backpacks, school supplies, toiletries, shoes, and more. Lisa told us the two “Had a great visit. The nursery is moving right along! The kids were amazing and staff was wonderful to us! So welcoming!” she said via email, also thanking everyone for their support. Lisa is supported by Naperville Il, a suburb of Chicago. Check out her photos on our Facebook page!
The Burkes have been involved with the pediatric care unit from the start and their community has been pivotal in the success of Dreams for Orphans. They even stopped at another orphanage nearby to say ‘hi’ and share some supplies.
In other news, Ashesi University (where Dreams for Orphans’ sponsored student Edward Arthur is attending) announced that two of their alumni have been selected to join the 2014 Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. One of the alumni selected, Araba Hammond (who graduated from Ashesi in 2007) actually works at Village of Hope. She is also our connection for the construction of the Pediatric Care Unit along with Fred Asare.
“I think the Washington Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for young Africans who truly care about their countries and the continent to come together and share ideas,” Araba said. “I hope to be better equipped to steer myself and the rest of the Village of Hope team away from the temptation to become content with our current successes, and towards a resolve to improve upon our work constantly. I also expect the Washington Fellowship to arm me with the skills and experience required to become a better professional in the area of non-profit management and social entrepreneurship.”
The 2014 Washington Fellowship sends more than 500 young African leaders to the U.S. for leadership training, academic courses, and mentoring. Araba and the other fellows will get to meet President Obama at a Presidential Summit, and meet with other members of the U.S. government and civic and business leaders.