Baskets for Change

One Community impacting the lives of women and families in Upper East Ghana

One Community impacting the lives of women and families in Upper East Ghana

BASKETS FOR CHANGE has arrived!

One Community and its non-profit, Community for Change, are working together with the women of Upper East Ghana, and the surrounding village of Vea, to bring you these amazing, hand-woven, baskets.  Directly from Vea to you!  In support of the women who make these baskets, Community for Change has purchased baskets, using fair trade practices, and now offers them to you, here in the States.  100% of all proceeds from the sales of these baskets is sent directly back to the Vea Community, through humanitarian support.  For 2015, Community for Change & One Community are sponsoring a Medical Mission team.  Bringing doctors, nurses, occupational therapy and dentists to the region.  Buy a basket and truly provide life-saving medical care and treatment.

To view out baskets, check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/basketsforchange

TALAATA’s CHILD: May 5, 2015

Welcome to Talaata’s Child!  Each Tuesday, One Community will highlight one of or many children, available for sponsorship. This is a GREAT way to learn more about the many children who need your help!

 

MEET CHARITY!

CHARITY (ID# 1817)

Charity is 15 years old and in F3 (Junior High School).  She loves to read in her spare time.

Charity lives with her parents and one sibling.  Her father is a driver and her mother is a basket weaver.

Charity needs your help! Charity is about to graduate from Junior High School and without a sponsor she will not be able to afford any further education.

Please click on the link below to see how you can partner with One Community to bring hope to the hopeless and put smiles on the faces of the children in a village called Vea in the Upper East Region of Ghana.

http://weareonecommunity.com/give/

Ursula Akurugu: A story of hurt, forgiveness and faith. Changing the world, through the community of Vea.

 

 

 

In the remote village of Vea in Northern Ghana, an 11 year old girl named Ursula was sold to pay a debt. The family that bought her forced her to work long hours and abused her physically and mentally. After 5 years of hell on earth, one night a voice woke Ursula up and she heard distinctly, “RUN!” (She later found out that men in the village were coming to rape and kill her that very night.) She fled Vea with the clothes on her back and eventually found shelter and safety with a family from the UK.

Over time, Ursula found the power of faith and the hope to live, but struggled with forgiving those who had been so cruel to her. She told her new friends that she would never go back to the village and would never let go of the bitterness in her heart.

Ten years later, a severe famine caused by a widespread drought in Northern Ghana struck Vea. Ursula began to hear about the suffering of her people and children starving and her heart melted with compassion. She used all of her relationships to rally help for the village of Vea. Three trucks of food and supplies rolled into the village with Ursula leading the way.

When she arrived in the village, Ursula had a strong aching in her heart. She knew, deep in her soul, where that first bag of rice must be delivered. With that, she delivered the first bag of rice to the family that abused her. That one act of kindness sent a shockwave of goodwill through the village. It also allowed Ursula to meet with the chief (the first woman to be allowed a meeting at the sacred stone). The chief, who had originally declared that all children would stay in the village no matter how desperate because “we will all die together” sat with Ursula and listened to her plea to release several of the children to Ursula, so she could take them to safety. As result of this plea, 12 kids were allowed to leave that day.

Ursula and her husband David now live near Vea, helping orphans labeled  “demon children” by the village or sold into slavery to pay a debt. Everyone in Vea knows her story and she has helped hundreds of children. One woman is changing an entire village and proving that love is stronger than hate, hope is stronger than hurt and forgiveness is the greatest force in the world.

Please join OneCommunity as we welcome Ursula, and her husband David, to Texas this May!  OneCommunity will be sponsoring several events, in Austin, Corpus & Victoria, TX, for the public to come and hear Ursula’s story of love, fear, triumph and forgiveness.  Learn more about how, together with Ursula and David, OneCommunity is bringing continued change to the community and children of Vea!  If you are interested in attending an event, please email us at info@WeAreOneCommunity.com and OneCommunity will add you to our event calendar.

 

TALAATA’S CHILD: April 21, 2015

Welcome to Talaata’s Child!  Each Tuesday, One Community will highlight one of or many children, available for sponsorship. This is a GREAT way to learn more about the many children who need your help!

MEET AWINPOKA!

AWINPOKA (ID# 934)

#934; Awinpoka, A (F) Age 8

 

 

Awinpoka is 8 years-old, and is in the 1st Grade at Vea Primary School. Awinpoka loves to spend her free time with her , playing Ampe (a local game involving some pretty amazing dancing) & Reading!

Awinpoka has 4 siblings, ages 10, 7, 6 and 5.  All 5 children live with their parents, along with other close extended family.  Awinpoka’s father is local farmer, farming both millet and harvesting reeds used for both weaving and cooking fuel. Her mother is one of the village’s many basket weavers.

Awinpoka needs your help! Please clink on the link below to see how you can partner with OneCommunity to help bring hope to the hopeless and put smiles on the faces of the children in a village called Vea in Upper East Ghana.  www.WeAreOneCommunity.com/give

TALAATA’S CHILD: April 14, 2015

Welcome to Talaata’s Child!  Each Tuesday, One Community will highlight one of or many children, available for sponsorship. This is a GREAT way to learn more about the many children who need your help!

MEET MOSES!

MOSES (ID# 149)

#149: MOSES, N; MALE, AGE 11; GRADE 4

 

 

Moses is 11 years-old, and is in the 4th Grade at Vea Primary School. Moses loves to spend his free time with his brother, playing Football (Soccer)!

Moses has 1 brother and 2 sisters.  All 3 children live with their parents, along with other close extended family.  Moses’ father is local farmer, farming both millet and harvesting reeds used for both weaving and cooking fuel.  His mother is one of the village’s many basket weavers.

Moses needs your help! Please clink on the link below to see how you can partner with OneCommunity to help bring hope to the hopeless and put smiles on the faces of the children in a village called Vea in Upper East Ghana.  www.WeAreOneCommunity.com/give

TALAATA’S CHILD: April 7, 2015

Welcome to Talaata’s Child!  Each Tuesday, One Community will highlight one of or many children, available for sponsorship. This is a GREAT way to learn more about the many children who need your help!

MEET ANABA!

ANABA (ID# 1144)

#1144: ANABA NSOH , MALE, AGE 14; GRADE 2

Anaba is 14 years-old, and is in the 2nd Grade at Vea Primary School. Anaba loves to spend his free time with his twin brother, playing Football (Soccer)!

Anaba has 1 brother (his twin) and 1 sister.  All 3 children live with their parents, along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Anaba’s father is local farmer, farming both millet and harvesting reeds used for both weaving and cooking fuel.  His mother is one of the village’s many basket weavers.

Anaba needs your help! Please clink on the link below to see how you can partner with OneCommunity to help bring hope to the hopeless and put smiles on the faces of the children in a village called Vea in Upper East Ghana.  www.WeAreOneCommunity.com/give

TALAATA’s CHILD

Welcome to Talaata’s Child!  Each Tuesday, One Community will highlight one of or many children, available for sponsorship. This is a GREAT way to learn more about the many children who need your help!

 

MEET CLARA!

CLARA (ID# 1839)

Clara #1839 (Female; age 17; Vea Middle School)

Clara #1839 (Female; age 17; Vea Middle School)

Clara is in Junior High School. Clara loves to spend her free time reading and learning.

Clara’s parents are deceased and she lives with her older brother and 3 younger siblings.

Clara is about to graduate from Junior High School and without a sponsor she will not be able to afford any further education.

Clara needs your help! Please clink on the link below to see how you can partner with OneCommunity to help bring hope to the hopeless and put smiles on the faces of the neglected in a village called Vea in the Northern part of Ghana.  http://weareonecommunity.com/give/

Blessings abound from Vea!

One Community Director, Cyndi Christenson and her team of 3, just returned from a 12 day trip to Ghana.  This trip focussed on our CHILD SPONSORSHIP program in Ghana.  Over the course of 7 days, over 900 updated photographs were taken!  Working with the schools, over 900 children are currently being entered into our SPONSORSHIP database!  We gathered information on their siblings, their parents, their interests, and even their shoe sizes!  Handed out over 700 backpacks to the children in grades 1 – Middle School.  Held hands; gave hugs; sang songs and experienced the true feeling of absolute JOY!   Each week, One Community will highlight a child in need of a sponsor.  Will YOU heed the call?  Will YOU find room in your heart and your life for a child in need?  Will YOU Be The Change in the life of a child?  To sponsor a child, please go to: GIVE/Sponsor a Child

Be the Change you wish to see in the World... Sponsor a Child.

Be the Change you wish to see in the World… Sponsor a Child.

 

Food arrives: How Child Sponsorship impacts and changes lives!

Just this week, a fresh supply of grain, beans, oil, dried fish and spices arrived into the Bolga market.  These items came with one destination in mind: VEA!  The school children at Vea’s Primary School in Upper East Ghana, receive a hot meal each and every  school day.  This has not always been the case.   As recently as June, 2014, Child Sponsorship was ensuring that the school children at Vea Primary received a hot lunch, by covering the meals two days each week, while another group was covering the remaining three days.  Upon our arrival in July, we discovered that the other group could no longer afford to cover their commitment to the school.  What did this mean?  It meant that the children were going hungry.  One Community did not have the sponsorship commitment to feed the entire school.  As a COMMUNITY, OneCommunity, could not let this continue.  We pulled together, and we vowed to provide hot lunch each and every school day for the duration of the 2014-2015 school year.  Just this week, the second supply of food arrived in the local market in Bolgatanga, and within hours, found its way into the school food storerooms.

Please, do not let a child go without a hot lunch in Vea.  Sponsorship of a child, helps to ensure that no child goes a school day without a hot meal.  Thank you for continuing to Be the Change!

Ghana Food

JOIN THE CHANGE & MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

HELP: Vea, Ghana need your prayers and support!

I have just been in communication with our partners in Ghana and drought continues, which means food prices are soaring and produce and grain is currently 3x the price it was just a few short weeks ago. Through OneCommunity, we are providing lunches to all the elementary school children of Vea. For MANY children, this is the ONLY meal they can count on each day. With the food prices soaring, our current efforts are being seriously impacted. YOU CAN HELP!!! Sponsorship of a Child in Vea, supports our water, school supply and lunch feeding programs. WE NEED YOU… GHANA NEEDS YOU!

JOIN THE CHANGE & MAKE A DIFFERENCE!