Ayensudo Akoma International Academy Drinking Water and Sanitary Project-Ghana, West Africa

"The Water didn't come today"-

Ayensudo Akoma International Academy of the Arts and Science is a kindergarten through 8th grade school for the children of Ayensudo, Ghana, a small farming village in the Central Region.  Malkia Brantuo started construction on the school in 2002.

“A student escorted me to the restroom in the building. I noticed there was no running water in the bathroom.  When I asked the student why, she said... the water didn’t come today”. –Ajamu Webster, President of DuBois Consultants

The academy is working to raise funds for repairs and upgrades that were needed around the school.  One project the children needed the most was a new outhouse (outdoor restroom). When there was no water for the inside bathroom, children would have to use the outside bathroom. The outhouse could only accommodate one child at a time, offered no privacy, and was less sanitary than the indoor restrooms.

Outhouses were utilized the same way we in the United States would use a port-a-potty or outdoor restroom when at the park. The restroom provided convenience for students who were playing outside in the play yard.


Water was needed not only for sanitation purposes, but for drinking as well. The school also was need of a new drinking water system, new braces for the water gutters and repairs to the rainwater catch system.  The capture of rain water would provide running water for the inside bathrooms used by the teachers and students on campus. The Academy was short funding to complete the repairs. DuBois Consultants donated the remaining balance of funds needed and reviewed their design plans.

 

It took two weeks to make repairs and install the new outdoor bathrooms. “Names have been painted on the outside [Females/Males], the children are so excited, they behave like it’s a new toy. Thank you again from all of us”-Chekesha Aidoo, Academy Principal, daughter of the late founder, Malika Brantou.

 

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

Ayensudo Akoma International Academy of the Arts and Science is a kindergarten through 8th grade school for the children of Ayensudo, Ghana, a small farming village in the Central Region.  Malkia Brantuo started construction on the school in 2002.


The dream started with E. Malkia Brantuo knowing that education is the key to a successful life. It was her ambition to provide the less fortunate with a quality education and she fulfilled that dream. Sadly, she has made her transition but happily her legacy remains. It is now up to the daughter, with help from the community, to continue her legacy and take the school to new heights.


The campus sits on 6 acres of land and consists of two buildings. One building has 10 classrooms, a computer lab, library, and 2 offices. The other building has been converted to an all girls dormitory.AAIAAS opened in September 2004 with 58 students, 53 of which were orphans. The school continues to educate and service more than 100 children yearly regardless of family income.

 

DONATIONS AND SUPPORT THE ACADEMY:
Supplies and or Financial Donations can be mailed to:   
Africa for the Africans, LLC
505 Independence Drive
Jonesboro, GA 30238

Wish List of the School:                        

 1. Donations / Grants / Endowments and Additional Funding   

 2. Science Experiment Kits (primary level) 

3. Art supplies (all kinds) 

4. Music Teacher (primary – theory and practice) 

5.  Music Instruments (All kinds)   

6.  School Bus (new or newer) 

7.  Playground furniture

8.  Laptop computers

9.  Laptop projector

10. Basketball court and balls

11. Sports uniforms (w/school and child's names)

12. Notebooks (composition)

13. Pens (black/blue/red)

14. Chalk

15. Dry erase markers and erasers

16. Toys for boys (k – 6)

17. Book bags

18. Black dolls

19. Children clothing and uniforms