Building the new school structure: a success! Now time to maintain what we have worked hard to build.
The Pocket Project, Inc. believes in helping when and where we can; no matter how small or large that help is. Currently the Pocket Project, Inc's main focus is the Nsumensa Village Project.
The Nsumensa Village Project was founded in May 2010 by Heather Nicole Bowden. Nsumensa (in-soo-men-sa) village is located 4 miles by a rugged foot path into the rainforest in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa. Heather was initialy informed that ten years ago Nsumensa suffered a fire that destroyed most of the village its only two schools. On her most recent visit to Nsumensa, however, she discovered that the fire actually took place in a near by village that children from Nsumensa used to walk to to attend school and Nsumensa has actually NEVER had a school!
But the vision of the project is farther reaching than the creation of the much needed Nsumensa school.
In March 2012 Heather and her partner, Benjamin Saunders, traveled to Nsumensa to replace the small renovated building that the school had been using since 2010 with a larger and more permanent building. With the help of hundreds of individuals the NVP doubled their goal and raised $14,000! April through the end of July 2012 Heather, Ben, Nsumensa villagers and Ghanaians from neighboring towns built the two building, three classroom structure. Rainwater catchment systems where installed on the school and donated to be installed on the church. 32 tree seedlings were planted around the school compound. 70 seedlings were donated to the PTA. 300 Moringa seeds were harvested, approximately 100 have been planted around the school and the village. It is our hope that Moringa, a very nutritious and medicinal plant, will add nutrients to daily meals but also will be harvested and add income into the farming community.
The Nsumensa Village Primary School currently has three employed, full time village resident teachers and 55 students aged 3-13 years old. A dedicated PTA keeps the school in session from day to day and is currently working on flattening and weeding the school’s soccer field.
Funding for the project comes from selling donated artwork as well as very generous monetary donations from people like you.
It is not our intention to convey that Nsumensa village is a place to be pitied for its poverty, but rather is a vibrant community that needs our help to do more.