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There are only a few spaces left for the 2018 trip to Apam

Contact us right away if you are interested in traveling to Apam with us in November. We have room for just a few more people.
Volunteers will depart from Dulles Airport on Saturday, November 24 and will arrive in Apam and begin screening patients in on Sunday, November 25. We will depart Apam on Friday, December 7 and arrive at Dulles on Saturday December 8.
Email hollie@buildingsolidfoundations.org for more details.

2018 Trip Interest Meeting Scheduled

An organizational meeting will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm for anyone interested in being a part of our November 2018 trip to Apam, Ghana.

During the meeting, current and past-volunteers will share their experiences and you will learn what you can expect when you are in Apam. We will also share our timeline for receiving your application,  payments, vaccinations, passport and visa requirements, and more.

The meeting will take place at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 397 Tyler Run Road, York, PA 17403.  If you are interested in being part of the 2018 team but are unable to attend this meeting, please email hollie.walkley@gmail.com.

Planning underway for 2018 trip

Volunteers will depart the US on Saturday, November 24, 2018 arriving in Apam, Ghana on Sunday the 25th. Volunteers will leave Ghana on December 7, 2018 for an arrival in the US on Saturday, December 8. We expect this trip to reach capacity. If you are intending to join us on the trip, please complete the Application found on the “Documents” tab. Mail your completed Application and your $100 non-refundable check to Building Solid Foundations, 963 E. Market Street, York, PA 17403

Other documents that will help you prepare for your trip can be found by clicking on the “Documents” tab.

Watch this space for important registration and payment deadlines. Email hollie@buildingsolidfoundations.org for additional information.

 

Teamwork and talent result in successful 2017 trip to Apam.

At the last minute, team leader Dr. Marsha Bornt was unable to participate in the 2017 trip to Apam. She was missed very much by volunteers, St. Luke’s Catholic Hospital administrators and staff, and by Ghanaian patients. Dr. Bornt’s dedication and hard work in Apam over the past ten years created a framework for the team’s successful work in 2017 and beyond.

When asked about the 2017 trip Dr. Dennis Johnson said “…we missed Dr. Bornt and we were fortunate to have a very cohesive group that worked well together, sharing their considerable skills to touch many lives in Apam.”

That cohesiveness resulted in one hundred and twenty-nine thyroid, hernia, gynecology, and general surgeries. The medical team, led by Dr. Seth Quartey, held two free blood pressure and diabetes screenings at Apam churches and saw patients in the Hospital clinic and wards.

The professionalism, adaptability, and energy of volunteers factor prominently in the success of the trip, however, there are many other people whose generosity greatly impacts the trip’s outcome. Here are just of few of the people to whom we are grateful –

  • Robert Bohn and Clinton Industries for donating new exam tables, IV poles, exam room chairs, stools, and other hospital furniture,
  • Steve Shellenberger and S&H Express for donating storage space and equipment, and for making its employees and meeting space available to us year-round,
  • WellSpan/York Hospital Senior Biomedical Equipment Technician Ed Shane and the many other WellSpan employees who immediately think of the people in Apam when they see equipment that would be useful to St. Luke’s Hospital,
  • Jim Kiley and Ethicon for donating an harmonic scalpel device. This was the first time an harmonic scalpel was used in Apam and it increased the efficiency of thyroid surgeries.
  • Sister Mary Magdelene Arthur, Dr. Frank Odame, the Hospital Administration, and the wonderful IT, Surgical, Pharmacy, Lab, HR, Clinic, Kitchen, Maintenance, and other staff for going out of their way to create a welcoming, professional environment,
  • Dr. Clyde Strang for his generosity to and interest in he next generation of surgeons,
  • Dr. Bob Davis, Dr. Tom Davis, Dr. Marsha Bornt, Dr. Shawn Lybarger, Dr. Derek Liang, physicians and staff at Apple Hill, and other medical professional who make it a habit to collect, sort, and donate usable medical and surgical supplies,
  • Rose Johnson, R.N. and her friends for contributing funds to purchase pulse oximeters and other supplies and equipment,
  • Building Solid Foundations board members, especially Dr. Rich Kurz and Dr. Seth Quartey for their donations of time and talent to make this trip possible, and
  • The many Annual Fund Donors whose “use my gift where it will do the most good” contributions allow Building Solid Foundations to purchase and ship supplies and equipment to Apam.

The two-week trip wasn’t all work. Dr. Frank Odame and St. Luke’s Hospital administrators, staff, and employees hosted two festive dinners, which gave everyone the opportunity to know each other outside of work. The Hospital coordinated a tour of Elmina Castle, which is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and a trip to the Canopy Walk and Nature Trails at Kakum National Park. Volunteers spent Saturday night at the Blue Diamond Beach Resort, dined out at Sankofa Square Jamaican Restaurant, shopped local for FanIce and fabrics, and toured and shopped for souvenirs at the Makola market in Accra.

The dates for the 2018 trip to Apam will be announced shortly. If you are interested in traveling to Apam next year, send an email to hollie@buildingsolidfoundations.org.

The shipping container is loaded and headed to Ghana!

Thank you… thank you to everyone who donated, asked for donations, shopped for food, and delivered, sorted, and packed everything into the shipping container. It is on its way to Ghana and will be delivered to Apam just before our volunteers arrive on September 3.

Special thanks to former Board Chair, Steve Shellenberger and S&H Express for buying food for our volunteers, lending us employees, and making warehouse and trailer storage space available.  This is the tenth year that Steve has helped Building Solid Foundations and the wonderful people of Apam, Ghana. We are eternally grateful for his leadership and generosity.

Thank you current and former board members, committee members, friends from Aldersgate United Methodist Church and their friends for strategizing, organizing and loading everything into the shipping container. You guys are amazing and we are humbled by your energy and good will.

Thank you also to everyone who donated items including Wellspan, Pepsi, Clinton Industries, Harriet Knight, Rosie and Dennis Johnson and friends, members of the Nextdoor Elmwood email listserve, Hollie’s friends from Mah Jongg, numerous York and Lancaster County  schools, Grace and Seth’s friends, and the many generous people who responded to our newsletter mailing. You make it possible!  We couldn’t do it without you!

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the S&H Express warehouse.

 

Upcoming Trip Meeting Scheduled

People interested in traveling with Building Solid Foundations to Apam, Ghana for the September 2, 2017 through September 16, 2017 trip, should plan to meet at 4:00 on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

The Church is located at 397 Tyler Run Road, York, PA 17403.

If you are interested in the trip but are not able to attend the meeting, please contact hollie@buildingsolidfoundations.org for details. Thank you.

2017 Trip Dates and Rescheduled Trip Meeting

The next humanitarian trip to Apam, Ghana will take place from September 2, 2017 – September 16, 2017. Volunteers in the areas of Education, Medical, Surgical, and Construction who are interested in this trip should email hollie@buildingsolidfoundations.org for additional information.

The informational meeting previously scheduled to take place on April 23, 2017, 4:00 pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 397 Tyler Run Road, York, PA 17403 has been cancelled. A new date will be announced shortly.

During this meeting, Grace Quartey, Executive Director and Co-founder of Building Solid Foundations and Dr. Bob Davis, Board Chair, will discuss on-going and new projects, financial and logistical requirements, the Ghanaian culture, trip expectations, and more.

Questions may be directed to Hollie Walkley at hollie@buildingsolidfoundations.org.

Our 2016 Trip to Apam

October, 2016. Dr. Marsha Bornt led a talented and energetic team of Medical, Surgical, and Education volunteers during a two-week trip to Apam. The Medical team worked tirelessly seeing patients mornings and afternoons and managed to fit in two off-campus free diabetes and hypertension-screening clinics. One hundred and forty-nine surgeries were completed in spite of erratic electricity and scant supplies. The Education team volunteers established a relationship with new district leadership overseeing all schools in Apam and began planning for 2017. Somehow, we also managed to fit in a sightseeing trip to Elmina Castle, the Rainforest Canopy Walk and an overnight stay at the Blue Diamond Resort. The 2017 trip will likely take place sometime in November 2017. We are looking at ways to provide care for three weeks next year. Please watch this space for details or check us out on Facebook!dsc_0255

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2016 Trip Interest Meeting Scheduled

Volunteers interested in traveling to Apam, Ghana are invited to attend an organizational meeting, which will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 5 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The Church is located at 397 Tyler Run Road, York, PA 17403.

This meeting is intended to provide a forum for discussion about travel requirements for the trip, which will depart the U.S. on September 17 and return to the U.S. on October 1. There will  be ample time at the meeting to talk with volunteers who have already traveled to Apam with Building Solid Foundations.

Additional information is available by emailing hwalkley@buildingsolidfoundations.org.

Activities for the period July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

The annual trip to Apam, Ghana scheduled for September 2014 was cancelled due to concerns surrounding the outbreak of Ebola in neighboring African countries. Materials collected or purchased and held in storage for use during the cancelled trip were shipped to Apam and distributed by Apam Hospital personnel according to detailed instructions from Building Solid Foundations volunteers. These distributions were confirmed by Building Solid Foundations volunteers through a series of phone calls and emails.

In lieu of the annual trip, volunteers planned and prepared for the September 19, 2015 through October 2, 2015 humanitarian trip to Apam. some of that work included

1. Collection and purchase of books and other classroom supplies and equipment planned for distribution in elementary and middle schools in Apam, Ghana.

2. Fundraising to purchase equipment and supplies used at  Apam Catholic Hospital.

3. Planning/coordinating renovation and refurbishment of the Apam Catholic Hospital Laboratory.

4. Working with Worldwide Laboratories to identify appropriate and needed equipment and coordinating installation and training of laboratory personnel.

5. Continuing collaboration with Rotary international on several waste-water treatment projects at schools in and near Apam.

Building Solid Foundations continues to explore several economic development projects that would bring much-needed job opportunities to the town of Apam and the surrounding area.

Thank you to all donors and volunteers. Your financial contribution and your gifts of time and talents make progress possible in Apam!