Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Liberia’s civil war caused many refugees to flood into Ghana years ago. There are still communities of refugees living in Ghana despite the war being over. They had nothing to return to, and so many have stayed in Ghana. One of these communities is just a few miles from the VOH. It is called Buduburam. It has been in existence for about 20 years. The UN initially provided some support for these refugees but it seems that support has dwindled in recent years. In August I went with a group of VOH visitors to visit a children’s Bible program conducted by a Liberian refugee minister. I was amazed at the heart of this man for the needy children of his community. Hundreds of children in this camp are unable to attend school because they cannot afford school fees. Deacon Greene and his wife have seen the gravity of situation and decided to do something about it. Despite the fact that Deacon Greene is blind he has conducted Saturday Bible class programs for 200+ children each Saturday. He has also solicited help in securing funds to create a free school for these refugee children.

Ever since my visit in August, I have been thinking and praying about Deacon Greene and his ministry in Buduburam. This last week, the same group of ladies were here from the US that had connections to Deacon Greene. We went to visit him and learn about the progress he has made in his school project.  God is so good.  One of the visitors here in August has taken this school on and has raised funds to rent a building for this school.  We visited the proposed site, it is an abandoned school with 10 classrooms.  It is perfect for what they are hoping to do! I am so excited to see this dream come to fruition and see the many lives it will touch in its offering of free education to some of the country's most destitute children.  It is so exciting to see God's people at work ministering with passion and love for others.  How beautiful it is to see the dream of Deacon Greene and his wife taking shape. They are hoping to open school this fall! 


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  2. My name is Gary Haddow. I am a colleague of Alayna Wearly at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. It is wonderful to read your blog. Deacon Greene and his wife are truly inspirational people. I am working with Ben Travis and Deacon Greene, among others, to create the primary school in Buduburam.

    Per your recent visit to Buduburam, were you able to take photos of the school site and the surrounding community? If so, are these photos online? I am currently building a website for the school to provide an assurance of credibility to current and future donors. If you do have photos, would I have permission to use them on the website?

    It is wonderful to expand my communication with individuals working in Ghana, Buduburam, and the Village of Hope. I will be coming over in June for two or three months to try and get the school up and running. Can't wait to meet you and the rest of the Village of Hope.

    Thank you,
    Gary Haddow