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this short video shows some of our town of Kwahu Tafo, Ghana and of the people we meet daily...please take a moment to enjoy the tour.
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Collecting water in rural towns all over the world. Much of this work falls to the girls, before and after school. Everyday.

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P u m p I t 💦

Imagine having to Pump to get water.

Then, carrying it on your head, while precious drops swish & spill.

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To then, cook, bath, wash your clothes.

Next time you turn on a tap... Be grateful!

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Join us in educating and fighting to prevent malaria. Donate today to Yeko Anim as we attempt to launch a community-wide initiative to prevent malaria.

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Join me in raising awareness and show your support for the Malaria Must Die campaign by sharing this film. Let’s end malaria, for everyone, for good.

Follow Malaria Must Die or visit www.malariamustdie.com for more information. #MalariaMustDie

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A really inspiring story. We are so excited that our return Ghana this month includes visits to both OTC and the School for the Blind in Akoropong.
One of our loyal Yeko Anim supporters sponsors two boys at the School for the Blind. They have been there since 2103. At just 5 and 6 years old they were in a tiny village with no hope of being educated. Now they are flourishing in every way. Believe it! Your donations to Yeko Anim go to direct and good use.

Life has a way of creating inspiration, hope, and opportunities for everyone. In spite of diverse challenges, we still hope and pray that our dreams become real...ity, but sometimes unexpected adversity seems to shake the ground and make a dream seem impossible. Joseph Magab is like many of the children who have achieved wonderful dreams despite the unexpected challenges that came his way. [ 584 more words ]

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Life has a way of creating inspiration, hope, and opportunities for everyone. In spite of diverse challenges, we still hope and pray that our dreams become reality, but sometimes unexpected adversi…
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Why we love Africa

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With Love from our brothers and sisters in Rwanda..

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So happy to start posting again with news about our town and the projects we hope to support this year. After a year of rehabilitation filled with ups, downs a...nd everything in between, we are setting off to Kwahu Tafo next month. This will be a short trip, but if not now....? We just need to dip our toes (or what's left of them in Dutch's case) back into the water.
New to this page is a button that allows our supporters to donate securely without moving to another location.
We are working closely with the Kwahu Tafo Progess Council to launch a major initiative for health and sanitation. With your help we hope to build toilets at many of our schools. We are excited to work closely with our clinic to educate at all levels about prevention of malaria and teenage pregnancy.
Check back regularly for updates, photos and of course some great stories.

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So happy to start posting again with news about our town and the projects we hope to support this year. After a year of rehabilitation filled with ups, downs and everything in between, we are setting off to Kwahu Tafo next month. This will be a short trip, but if not now....? We just need to dip our toes (or what's left of them in Dutch's case) back into the water.
New to this page is a button that allows our supporters to donate securely without moving to another location. ...
We are working closely with the Kwahu Tafo Progess Council to launch a major initiative for health and sanitation. With your help we hope to build toilets at many of our schools. We are excited to work closely with our clinic to educate at all levels about prevention of malaria and teenage pregnancy.
Check back regularly for updates, photos and of course some great stories.

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As we join together to welcome 2018, YEKO ANIM wishes you a Very Happy, Joyous and Safe New Year. Oh, we might add HEALTHY.
It’s really been one hell of a year… it started with dutch in intensive care at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, struggling with malaria that ended with amputated fingers, toes and what dutch calls “diminished brain capacity” due to removal of a blood clot on his brain. It was touch and go there for a while but we survived i...t thanks to the wonderful care of the doctors and staff… and the hometown feeling of the Geordies, who made us feel so welcome, treating us like old friends and family. We are deeply grateful for the love and positive energy you sent.
Our return to Seattle for rest and rehabilitation has healed us enormously both physically and spiritually. We would be lying if we said it was easy… but thanks to friendship and love coming from all over the place we did it. Now we lay the plans for our return to Kwahu Tafo in Feb. 2018. It has been a long year for us and there’s much nervousness and restlessness as our anticipation builds.
Our stay in Ghana will not be as long as in years gone by but our commitment remains the same. We’re launching new initiatives this year concentrating on improving the sanitation and health of our fellow citizens. The centrepiece of these initiatives, the building of toilets for schools and a malaria prevention program are key elements that require assistance from within our community and help from YEKO ANIM. While it might seem strange to us living in the first quarter the 21st-century that such a problem as toilets exists, but it does. And too many of our children suffer and they shouldn’t…no child should. Our children deserve better.
We hope you visit our Facebook page regularly to follow the progress of our programs in Kwahu Tafo. We will soon have a donate button installed on our Facebook page. Your donation can always be mailed to YEKO ANIM/Kids First Enterprise Ghana, PO Box 27790, Seattle WA 98165.

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Food first!

As someone who has worked on global nutrition issues for more than 30 years, people often ask me what they can do. My answer is always the same: be outraged and channel your outrage into action.
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Malnutrition is still such an enormous problem. In our town many children do not want to go to school because they don't have a few pennies to buy a small lunch. Donations to small, grassroots charities can alleviate this on a child-by child basis.
While world leaders and stakeholders meet to discuss this, you can help. No donation is too small.

The Global Nutrition Summit will take stock of commitments made to date, celebrate progress toward global goals on nutrition, and announce new commitments
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"just the facts mam" as jack webb would say

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I made this video for people who are going into malaria zones...be aware.

Help us get kids through high school. Yeko Anim loves Ashesi University, but even the cost of high school is out of reach for most.

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In 2012, Festus Jartu was one of 40 pioneer students selected as The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Ashesi. At Ashesi's 2016 graduation ceremony, he shared this moving story about his journey. #atAshesi #AshesiStudents #MCFScholars

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Catching Up
On Monday morning we stood in the backyard to experience the Eclipse. We were in chatting distance of our neighbors and there was a pleasant buzz as... everyone experimented with different methods of viewing the big event. It was fun. It was phenomenal, and for those brief minutes the strife of the last few weeks took a back seat to just being.
Our work in Africa took a back seat the last nine months as Dutch became gravely ill and started working his way back to health. Our small charity is called YEKO ANIM. This means, “to go forward” in the Twi language. It is time to do this, to go forward, but something came up. Or more like “came out.” On his left index finger, the bone is protruding.
Tomorrow he will have a short, simple surgery to nibble the bone down a little further and then reclose the opening at the fingertip. This will not require a hospital stay or a general anesthetic. The surgeon thinks that after three weeks he should be back to full swing. Yes, it is time and we are going forward.
This week we took great inspiration from the wonderful exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum called Infinity Mirrors. The artist, Yayoi Kusama, has been creating art for over 70 years. Even as SAM members we had to book tickets months in advance. It was worth the wait. But even more momentous was the feeling and connection we felt with other people as we moved through the exhibit. Her message is about peace, celebrating the things she loves and connecting to the universe and eternity. So lovely to move through her creations with strangers and yet feel somehow connected.
As Dutch becomes stronger we keep increasing our daily walks. Today was not a long one, but very special. The Kubota Gardens, 120 acres of natural landscaping that is breathtaking. There were families gathered for Sunday picnics in the different groves, people sitting quietly alone in a peaceful state gazing at trees, ponds and plants that in the most natural way remind us to stay connected.
Please send your powerful energy our way. We fully expect tomorrow will be our last stand against malaria.

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After a couple weeks without posting an update this one starts by quoting the words of others. We seem to be in a definitive state of bewilderment. I read and s...eek the words of others to help me express the thoughts that crash through my mind as we attempt to heal and move forward from the trauma of a devastating illness.
" to succeed in life you need two things: ignorance and confidence." Mark Twain.
This certainly describes us. We are ignorant as to where we will land next as we walk through this puzzling maze, but totally confident because despite all of it, WE ARE "WALKING". This was not a sure bet, even just a few months ago.
The love and support from friends keeps us going. A card came from a dear friend last week. She had sent it to Newcastle in January along with a Pink Pussy Cat hat for me to wear during the Women's March on January 21. Somehow the package was returned to New York? It finally made its way to us last week.
The poem she shared was lovely and fits closely with my thoughts of late.

BEING HUMAN
We're born with an aftertaste of oneness
And a thirst for weeds and earth, as the angel
deep within us needs our hands, to make a
dance of all this hurt. It has us reach beyond our limits,
till we love like a planet though we're constantly confused.
We carry lightening in a thimble of skin and bones and dreams.
We carry everything that matters in a plan
that doesn't last, while the stars pulse to fill us,
the way a candle fills a room. Mark Nepo

This speaks so closely to where we are at the moment. Walking slowly and wanting to run. Trying to make a dance of the pain. Thankful that we get to do this.
I wore the PP hat yesterday as I sat at my computer paying bills. It felt good, but my head got too hot.

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Starting the long haul. It's a whole different kettle of fish. I retired in June 2013. We moved to Ghana in July, having pared what we were taking down to what ...fit in 6 seabags.
For 4 years we spent between 6 and 10 months in Ghana and came to Seattle each year for a little R & R, and fundraising for our projects. Then it was back to Kwahu Tafo to dig in our heels and get to work.
And then came Malaria. Life threatening, taking our personal version of retirement away with it. So here we are attempting to get a rhythm going back in the same wonderful place where we lived and worked for so many years.
The support and assistance from friends has been remarkable. We truly would not be able to do this without them. The greatest adjustment of all though is understanding time in a completely different way.
It takes much more time to do each and every little thing. This is perhaps a greater adjustment for me than it is for Dutch. I mean when we were last living full time in Seattle, by 8:45 AM when I walked into my office, I had already been to the gym and back, had breakfast and, and, and.
And even with all the wonderful therapy, healing work, modern medicine and drugs, we won't be able to do some things again. It will take even more time to accept this and heal our emotional selves.
Last week we reached back to relationships and resources from the years I spent working in rehab and prosthetics. It was wonderful connecting with former colleagues who are showering us with resources and ideas. This is so encouraging. We are very grateful. There are so many fabulous developments and it is fun to thinks about what can be done.
Next up will be looking at all the devices we have become so dependent on, laptops, iPads, Smartphones. Discovering which ones Dutch will be able to open, pick up, tap, swipe and well it is all endless. Endless challenges and endless possibilities.
Please know that at this point he is reading his email and Facebook messages. He can't yet type a message back, but receiving personal communication again is just wonderful.
This weeks photo: Dutch in front of the building we are living in. The magnolia tree was rescued from a construction site in one of Dutch and Judie's famous "plant amnesty" missions. Much of the landscaping they did as final touches to their building projects were plants and trees that a bulldozer was about to destroy.

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