As another year away from home edges towards its festive conclusion, Chris and I find ourselves reflecting upon John Lennon’s famous seasonal question, ‘and so this is Christmas, and what have you done?’. As always working in international development, the answer for us this year seems to be ‘what little we could, which is sadly never enough’.

With this in mind, and in an attempt to end the year on a high, we are trying to help Chris’s NGO, the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI), raise US$900 to sponsor a local Ghanaian student through senior high school. To date, GHEI has sponsored 99 students through the organisation’s scholarship program, providing life-changing opportunities for talented students to further their education and in doing so vastly improve their life prospects.

GHEI

Chris and colleagues with last year’s intake of scholarship students. As the community library mural points out: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

A key theme running throughout all of the development work Chris and I both do is the importance of empowering women and girls, to help address the many social, economic, and political barriers to equal rights which sadly exist around the world. As such, it is especially exciting to note that the 99 students supported by GHEI so far comprise 50 males and 49 females, meaning that with just one more scholarship supported, the program can achieve full gender equality!

If you would like to contribute towards our $900 goal, you can do so here.  Any contributions, no matter the size, would be tremendously appreciated.

Many thanks to you all, and we hope to see some of you good people very soon as we return home to Germany and England for some eagerly anticipated festivities!

Best wishes,
Tammy and Chris on the move (still….)

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

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