04-10-12 // Ko-Nandom, Ghana
Welcome to the new Village Bicycle Project blog. From here we'll be regularly posting news and updates on our work and whereabouts.
To begin, today we're in Ko, a tiny village about 14kms from the Burkina Faso border in the Namdom province of Ghana's Upper West Region.
St Monica's Widows and Orphans Movement (WOM) contacted the VBP earlier this year requesting bicycles and workshops for its members. As WOM's coordinator Sylvester Angwanonenoah Zakpalah-Dere told us; "most widows and orphans lose rights and ownership to whatever properties they might have acquired with their late husbands to relatives of the deceased… In carrying out their daily chores, they have to walk long distances to attend their group meetings, farms, markets, hospitals, church services, and funerals."
Liz Bagent (pictured), spent two days in Ko meeting with the community's organizers who had sent representatives from no less than 11 villages. We've since allocated 100 bicycles to Ko and plan to return in early May for some final preparations before holding programs in June.