Tuesday, July 19: Kpandai

Nkanchina School 2008
Nkanchina School 2008

Yesterday we visited the Nkanchina School and we were delighted to hear that they’ve been able to complete a building since the last time we visited in 2008. A group from Holland helped finance the building of the school structure, and just by pure coincidence they are here in Kpandai right now! So we decided to all visit together to evaluate the school’s progress in the last couple of years.

Nkanchina School 2011

Nkanchina School 2011

You can see from the pictures on the right most of the school’s 300+ students now learn in a more permanent environment, though the youngest still have class under large mango trees.

After meeting with the teachers, we decided that the money we’ve raised through donations will go towards teacher training and desks and chairs for the children. We were told that only 2 of the 8 teachers at the school are actually paid a salary, while the rest teach on a volunteer basis. Putting these teachers through formal teacher training will mean that the government will pay them a salary for their work at the school.

Primary students have class under large mango trees.

Primary students have class under large mango trees.

Today was also our last day at the Kpandai Health Centre.  In total we saw approximately 50 patients, and unlike our previous time here we were able to have patients revisit multiple times to ensure that they were properly educated on their exercise routines. Our treatment focused almost solely on education and exercise prescription because we felt that this would be the best way to empower people to self-manage their conditions in the long term. We’ve really enjoyed our time here, and the impact that we’ve been able to make. We were happy to know that should the Kpandai Health Centre be successful in its application to be upgraded to an official hospital, Dr. Timothy would welcome us back to start and develop a physiotherapy department here! Tomorrow we will leave Kpandai with a little bit of sadness, but a lot of things to contemplate for the future.

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