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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!

Next trip to Ghana: Sept. 17 – 30, 2016

The fall 2016 trip to Ghana is scheduled for September 17 through September 30. Mark your calendars and watch this space for important meeting dates and deadlines.

Wondering what kinds of work our volunteers will do while they are in Apam? Here’s a look at our 2015 trip:

 

 

Trevor King Memorial Lab Dedication

A chance meeting in a busy airport means that sick people in Apam now have access to more accurate testing and faster diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening illnesses than ever before.

Doris King was intrigued by the group of women and men wearing colorful BSF and Aldersgate mission polo shirts waiting to board a plane to Accra in September 2012. During their pre-flight conversations, our volunteers explained their relationship with the people of Apam and the work they would carry out during their two-week stay. Doris promised to visit Apam during one of her many trips to Ghana as she continued to run the family business founded by her late husband, Trevor.

Visits to Apam and York, and many phone calls between Doris and Building Solid Foundations’ founder and executive director, Grace Quartey, resulted in the dedication of the Trevor King Memorial Laboratory at the Apam Catholic Hospital on September 25.  Of the event, Doris King said that it was “A very memorable time for all of us—a tribute to Trevor that will impact many in his beloved Ghana and our family is forever touched and grateful for the privilege.”

Now, people coming to the hospital for care are able to undergo quicker, more accurate diagnostic testing. The new equipment means that patients don’t need to find transportation to the next closest hospital – almost two hours away – for routine testing.

Thanks to the family who loved him dearly, the beautiful renovations and new diagnostic equipment at the Apam Hospital are a moving memorial to Trevor King, a man with a huge heart. A man who loved Ghana.

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The ribbon cutting.
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Installing cabinetry in the laboratory.
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The installation team.