Volunteers sought for Hitchin charity Humanitas’ Ghana library project

PUBLISHED: 11:56 07 July 2018

Anna Butterworth on a volunteer trip to Ayensuako in Ghana. Picture: Humanitas

Anna Butterworth on a volunteer trip to Ayensuako in Ghana. Picture: Humanitas

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Volunteers from a Hitchin-based charity who are set to help create a library in Ghana this October have put out the call for fresh recruits to join them.

The nine-day volunteer trip to the village of Ayensuako in southern Ghana, about 30 miles west of the capital Accra, is being organised by Anna Butterworth from Buckersbury-based Humanitas.

Humanitas founded a primary school in Ayensuako in 2014 to give education to children from the village whose families could not afford to send them to the state schools many miles away.

Now the charity has built a library for the school, which has 232 students, and the community – with the help of Book Aid International, which has donated 2,000 brand-new books.

The volunteer team of 10 will help complete the library, paint the walls and get the books sorted and onto the shelves. This will be the second trip out to Ayensuako for Anna, who recounted her experiences in a blog post after her first visit there in February.

“This experience was not only an opportunity to visit our project in Ayensuako, but to become completely immersed in the heartbeat of the community beyond the capacity of my role as a humanitarian – to be accepted into and function as part of one of the most exceptional communities I could ever hope to be a part of,” she said.

Anna called the school in Ayensuako “a community within the community”, adding: “Suffice to say, the opportunity to teach a class in Ayensuako was one I could not pass up. To deliver a session for these amazing children was an honour.”

She concluded that the trip had left her “reflecting on the role that community plays in influencing the growth and development of its children”.

“Ayensuako is a community in which people weave dreams from their own determination and aspiration, and one which I feel extremely proud to say I am now a member of,” she said.

Other Humanitas volunteers who have visited Ayensuako nclude Hitchin photographer Kasia Burke, who afterwards raised funds by exhibiting photographs she took there at The Coffee Lab in Sun Street.

After her trip to Ghana last year, Kasia told the Comet: “Thank you to the people of Ayensuako for making me feel part of their community, and for reminding me true happiness starts with a smile.”

If you’re interested in getting involved, email anna@humanitascharity.org.

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