10 Ghanaian Grandmas Need A Well

$5,775 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 41 people in 21 months
Jk Langkans
on behalf of Mahama Zakiatu
The Mission
Our goal is to eliminate hunger and provide a sustainable source of nutrition and income for these 10 women and their families living in rural Damongo (the small town and capital of West Gonja district in the Northern Region of north Ghana in West Africa).

In Damongo, these women are organized by three people: Atawa (the granddaughter of a Chief), Majeed (a school teacher; standing at right in the photo above), and Moro (a veterinary technician and photographer).

How You Can Help
You can help the Grandmas create and run a collaborative farm located on a 3-acre plot of land. Funds are needed for:
. well
. fencing
. seed and saplings

. chicken coop
. barn, storage and maintenance
chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs; and feed
. three-wheel vehicle
(to get around the farm, travel between home and farm, and take produce to the market)

Why It Matters
This fundraiser is very personal. What started as a conversation a year ago, has blossomed into a family friendship with 10 Ghanaian women determined to create a sustainable local economy. This isn't just a way to help a friend or even families in another country, it's a way to give back and honor everyone who has helped us reach our personal and career goals. We can't imagine the kind of poverty ravaging these families in Damongo. Nor do we know how they find the strength to keep going and keep their families together; but they do. Their effort deserves recognition and support.

Thank you
Thank you for taking the time to read our campaign and support our cause. We've never been deeply poor but it gives us great personal joy to help alleviate it. We are overjoyed to have your help--and believe it will bring you great personal satisfaction, too. 

We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to share our campaign as well as our website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Christine Knoblauch

J. K. Langkans
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Swale: a low or hollow place, especially a marshy depression between ridges. (See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swale_(landform)).

It all started amidst the sadness of the failed borehole (well) drilling when a few youngsters asked if Majeed had any work they could do on the farm to help pay for their school uniforms and supplies. Though his heart was breaking from the failure, he said yes and asked them to dig a hole 10x10x10 (remember, Majeed is a math teacher by trade). So, literally from the mouths of babes and the hand of God, water flowed up from the ground.

Now we have a challenge to get the pumping machine to better manage the four swales. Because he is so committed, Majeed took a loan of 4,000 cedis (that's $884.96 USD), at a whopping 32% interest, to buy the pumping machine and its accessories and see how much of the 3-acre farm the swales can irrigate.

If the swales work as well as they have during this season, 10 more will be dug to guarantee adequate water during the dry season and we can forego the borehole.

The four existing swales pose another advantage over the borehole: fingerlings! These juvenile fish have made a home in the swales and their appearance suggests the development of a fish hatchery to diversify the farm.

We hope this update excites you and inspires fresh giving to help our 10 Ghanaian Grandmas succeed. We are overjoyed by the dedication, forward-thinking, and industrious accomplishments taking place and hope the farm has earned your support.
J. K. Langkans and Christine Ventura Goff Knoblauch
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Hello to all,
Thank you for your steadfast, heartfelt giving! We ended July with a successful campaign to gift our 13 Ghanaian families with chickens to help create a base for their personal economy.

Going into August with a "Tractor Factor" mindset, we hoped to have a supply of funds to purchase a vehicle for the farm. *It has happened!* Christine posted an array of her beautiful heart sculptures and almost immediately received a request to purchase one. That generous donor pushed the "Tractor Factor" campaign over the top and the purchase was made. O' the joy in Damongo! Our 10 Ghanaian Grandmas danced with delighted and grateful hearts!! The truck represents very nearly the last obstacle to a changed life for them and their kin.

So now we are back where we started: 10 Ghanaian Grandmas Need A Well. As you can see by the climate graph, Damongo is still enjoying plenty of rainfall which bodes well for the farm. But the rain falls off dramatically by November 1. Your interest and investment have brought us to the brink of success. We thank you for being tenderhearted toward our Ghanaian families and ask that you help them clear this huge hurdle.

As of today, we're launching our "Well Time!" campaign. All funds raised will be used to pay for the second round of drilling. We ask for your prayers, too, to light the way. Specifically, we pray to hit a deep reservoir of water that will hydrate the farm and provide fresh water for drinking, cooking, and sanitation--for generations to come.

Thank you again. You are the proof that inspired Margaret Mead to pen her famous quote:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

J. K. Langkans and Christine Knoblauch
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Oh, my! We are flabbergasted by the meaning behind the numbers coming from our campaign analytics. Really flabbergasted. Some projects with more time on the clock than ours are not connecting as quickly. For this, we are most grateful. Here's "10 Ghanaian Grandmas Need A Well" by the numbers:

7 Visits yesterday | 1,721 Total visits | 201 Facebook shares

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! YOU are truly amazing!

We would also like to thank you for your gracious response to our July campaign, "Underwrite a Chicken for $6," is really resonating with old and new friends! We think it's just the simple, beautiful symmetry and the power of the gift. Thank you many times over for your support.

What's up for August? "Tractor Factor." Getting to the farm (3-miles from home), getting around the farm (3-acres big), getting to the market (3-more-miles away) with produce, and getting home without heat stroke or snake venom in the eye (yes, that actually happens to one of our Grandmas who is now very nearly blind in one eye). These are the reasons why the tractor is so important. Thank you in advance for your support. This campaign started with a generous gift of $500. We're hoping for a match to put us over the top!

Have a wonderful summer!
The popular "Motor King" brand tractor
The Apsonic tractor - great transporter
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A very big thank you to our newest event donors who celebrated a unique life with an outpouring of joy and love.

In the midst of celebrating, your empathy for 10 Ghanaian Grandmas was truly heart-warming. Your understanding of our passion and project continues to inspire us. Here is part of the message from Majeed in Damongo which we read to our guests:

". . . the opportunity to tell a completely different story of our past. The journey has been bumpy, rough and muddy but faith kept us through. History is about to be made, where the beggar will give alms, the hopeless will give hope and the hungry will donate food. All is possible and we know it is possible but all will depend on what the pregnant Saturday will give birth to. Tell everyone the cry and plea of the orphan, aged and the abandoned: all is about the three (3) square meals! Always the next meal is a miracle resulting in our short life span. ..."

Thanks from Damongo, Ghana. Thanks from Rochester, NY. Thanks from our hearts.

We've now officially reached (and just slightly passed) the 25% mark to our overall goal! But closer at hand is the 3-wheel tractor: $250 will close the gap. This vehicle will provide transportation for the 10 Ghanaian Grandmas to get to and from the farm which is three miles from the bush, get around the 3-acre farm, and take the surplus vegetables to market.

Thank you for investing in this project. It is working!
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Raised by 41 people in 21 months
Created February 15, 2017
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Christopher Alden
7 months ago

Glad to help; hope it encourages others to give as well.

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For those in need, in honor of Kate Lipsky

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