Hello everyone, I just wanted to share with you the great news from Ghana that the ICT center is now fully equipped and the vocational school, which includes the women's empowerment center I helped build, is now about to open.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be part of this and bring my contribution to this project.
I will very soon be off again - for three months volunteering in Nepal on healthcare and teaching projects. New adventures await me!
Thanks and take care,
Je voulais partager avec vous la bonne nouvelle du Ghana - tout vient a point a qui sait attendre: le centre informatique est maintenant completement operationnel et le centre d'autonomisation des femmes que j'ai aidé a construire ouvrira sous peu.
Merci du fond du coeur de m'avoir permis de participer a ce projet et apporter ma petite pierre a l'édifice.
Je repars tres bientot pour trois mois de benevolat au Nepal, dans des projets liés a la sante et l'education. De nouvelles aventures en perspective!
Merci et a bientot,
So, back from Ghana! Shovelled a lot, made bricks, plastered, hiked up a mountain to see some waterfalls, fed some monkeys, and overall had a great time! I'll try and post a few more pictures soon, thanks again for all you support.
Me voila de retour du Ghana, où j'ai fait du ciment, des briques, plâtré... Randonné au sommet d'une montagne pour voir les chutes de Wli, nourri des singes, et dans l'ensemble me suis éclatée! J'essayerai de mettre en ligne quelques photos supplémentaires bientôt, merci encore pour votre soutien.
Making plaster for the tie-dye workshop.
The local children
Abigail and Comfort, who looked after us
And a couple more pics...
Mighty Loch Ness
Alycia is in Ghana with no internet but has asked me to share a few photos of her Scottish adventure with everyone, so here goes...
Alycia est au Ghana sans internet mais m'a demande de partager avec tout le monde quelques photos de l'epopee Ecossaise...
Everyone, I am ecstatic to tell you that we have now made it to Inverness from Fort Augustus, having paddled an epic 49.2 km in just a day! Having started at 1pm on Thursday, that is an official 97.2 km in two and a half days, instead of the planned three, or just over 20 hours of paddling!! Thank you all again for your support, needless to say we are very, very proud of ourselves :)
Je suis tres fiere de vous annoncer que nous sommes arrives ce soir a Inverness, apres avoir pagaye 49,2 km en une seule journee! Ayant commence notre periple a 13h jeudi, cela fait donc officiellement 97.2 km en deux jours et demi au lieu des trois prevus, soit un peu plus de 20h sur l'eau! Un grand merci encore a tous pour votre soutien, inutile de dire que nous sommes tres, tres contents de nous :)
Day 1 - after some delay due to logistics, we managed our target 18 miles (29 km) in a very respectable 6h30, reaching South Laggan for a night under tent. Lazier day tomorrow, though with lots of portage around locks, more tiring than paddling!
Premiere journee - apres qq problemes de logistique et un depart tardif, nous avons effectue notre cible de 29km en 6h30. Apres une nuit sous la tente, journee plus tranquille demain mais beaucoup d'ecluses qu'il faut contourner en portant kayaks et materiel - bien plus fatigant que pagayer!
Just a little taster of the kayak challenge before the real thing - won't do as well as the Pros (9h30 non-stop!!) but we'll do our best :)
An enormous THANK YOU to everyone for your sponsorship of my kayak challenge! I have not only met but exceeded my goal - I am overwhelmed by everyone's support and generosity... Internet and Loch Ness Monster willing, I will be posting photos of the kayaking by next weekend :)
Un grand MERCI a tous pour votre soutien et votre generosite - j'ai non seulement atteint mais largement depasse ma cible! Si tout se passe bien, je posterai les photos du défi kayak en fin de semaine :)
Last 4 hour practice in Antibes tomorrow before flying up to paddle my way across Scotland! Thanks to Philippe from Cap Kayak in Antibes who has taught me all I know - hope to do you proud!! Contact details for Cap Kayak are on the yellow truck photo :) www.capkayak.fr
Demain matin, dernier entrainement de 4 heures avant le depart et mon periple a travers l'Ecosse. Merci a Philippe de Cap Kayak a Antibes pour m'avoir appris tout ce que je sais - je ferai de mon mieux! Pour contacter Cap Kayak, voir sur la photo du camion, www.capkayak.fr
Cap Kayak details in Antibes
Thank you very much to Bluewater Yachting for their incredible sponsorship donation of 300 euros!
Bluewater specialise in yacht charter and brokerage of luxury yachts for sale in Antibes & Palma, as well as offering crew training, yacht crew placement & yacht management. Find out more on http://www.bluewateryachting.com
Une donation de 665 euros de l'ADHEC et des habitants du quartier des Vespins et environs de Cagnes-sur-mer m'a permis d'atteindre presque 80% de mon objectif ! Merci du fond du coeur pour votre incroyable generosite!
A donation of 665 euros from ADHEC and the people of quartier des Vespins in Cagnes-sur-mer has enabled me to reach nearly 80% of my goal! A big thank you from the bottom of my heart for their incredible generosity!
Hope this image comes through... it shows the trail I will be kayaking along during my challenge. As you can see, it normally takes 5 days, but I will do it in just 3!
I have reached 50% of my goal! A big thanks to all of you who donated :) About two months to go before my big challenge... Please keep sharing my project with your friends and family. Thanks again to everyone for their help xx
Flight booked, visa obtained, as soon as exams are over, will get kayaking in earnest!
And a great thank you to my second corporate sponsor, D.S. Property Services, who deal with property maintenance of all kinds. For more info, contact 06 14 92 78 44
Reached my first thousand! Thank you to everyone who contributed! Please keep liking, sharing and donating! :D
Kayak induction! 8km the first day and 16 the next were achieved! (very proud, very proud). Now all that's left to do is train to be able to do 30 each day of my challenge! Easier said than done!
A very big thank you to my first corporate sponsor! The English Book Centre donated 100 euros in support of my kayak challenge and to help my project!
The English Book Centre is situated at 12 rue Alexis Julien in Valbonne, Tel. 04 93 12 21 42 It is not just a bookshop though - as well as an excellent selection of English books, both new and secondhand, you can find greeting cards for all occasions, calendars, DVDs to rent or buy and the shop also hosts classes and various book groups and events.
This is the site for the construction of the building I'll be working on this summer.
name is Alycia, I am a 17 year old High School student. I am
preparing a volunteering trip to Ghana in August 2013 to work on a construction
project with a local NGO, Volunteer Corps Organization
) in order to create a building that
will house both a women's empowerment center and a Computer Education center in a rural area.
Women's empowerment is critical for tackling poverty and social
injustice in Africa. The goal
for the women's empowerment center is to create employment specifically for the
disabled and widows through skill acquisition and training. The organization
would also like to focus on counseling for abused and battered women, child
abuse, HIV/Aids, and teen pregnancy.
The purpose of the Computer Education center is to provide students with the real
experience of working on computers rather than learning about them through a
book and drawings on the board. While students in urban school are provided
computers in school, very few students in rural schools have ever even seen a
computer. Providing students access to computers is a key step in bridging the
gap between education in urban and rural schools.
I am raising money towards my trip through tutoring of younger students
at my school and working during the holidays, but I still need help to raise
the sum of €2800, to pay for flights, housing and food, equipment, visa,
vaccinations, etc. If through your support I achieve more than this goal, I
plan to use any surplus towards funding equipment for the ICT center.
I don't expect you just to give me money for nothing though :) In July I will be doing a sponsored kayak
challenge (and those who know me and my level of fitness will vouch that it will
be a challenge, especially as I am a kayak novice!). Coast to coast
Scotland, Fort William to Inverness along the Great Glen canal, loch Lochy and Loch Ness - 95 km in just 3 days, for which you are welcome to
You can help in two ways:
1) By sponsoring me
for my kayak challenge through donating on this site. Even €10 can make all the
2) By sharing my project with your network
by email,Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other means you can
Of course, if you see me every day, you can also donate directly to me,
and I will keep a tally of offline donations on this page too.
However you choose to contribute, I thank you in advance - I wouldn't be
able to do this without you!