Notes from Ghana: Our first day #goodwork

Mummy Barrow updates us on the blogger trip to Ghana for Red Nose Day. Here’s the latest from the road:

Yesterday was a day of extremes.  Visiting the Virtuous Women’s Bakery in the morning we knew what to expect, to a degree, having seen it on GBBO last week.  Visiting one of the slums in the afternoon, we had no idea what to expect.

But what united both these projects was seeing up close and personal how donations from Comic Relief are being used.   Funding projects that are directly helping women to support not only themselves but their families, too.

Veronica, one of the ladies at the bakery goes to work everyday. Her children no longer need the nursery that the ladies started up also but the money Veronica earns supports her three children.  Veronica proudly explained to me how to make bread and laughed at my shocking attempts to knead dough.

This project had received funding to buy new ovens.  Not only more efficient but healthier now the ladies dont inhale the smoke from the original oven.

Similar exmples were evident in the slums.  Women who have received training from an organisation called SISS (funded by donations from Red Nose Day) in a variety of skills and who have now gone on to run their own businesses.  Theresah, for example, who proudly invited us into the home she shares with her family.  Theresah makes hair products and soap that not only local people buy from her but those further afield.  Theresah now has a warehouse down the road and is begining to export all over Ghana.

It was an absolute privilege to see these women empowered, running their own businesses and proudly showing what they have achieved.

Please keep up the #goodwork so they can too.

Join our #GoodWork Twitter party today from 11-12 in support of Comic Relief. We are sharing our favourite memories of Red Nose Day.

Today’s #snaphappybritmums theme is Red Nose Day Memories, please share your pics and tag using #snaphappybritmums and #goodwork.

This note is from Mummy Barrow, who is in Ghana reporting back on the #goodwork Comic Relief has done in Africa. She’ll be sending us daily updates. Read more about the trip over at TeamHonk.

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