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Training using melted bottle caps

This is a project update by Rob Handgraaf (board member SSFA) and Jacqueline Aarnts. Two years ago, we left Ghana in high spirits with many ideas about the production of bags made of plastic waste. Gideon Dodea had made his first products and was planning to teach his skills to others. Unfortunately, Covid came in […]

Gideon Dodea at work sowing plastic sachets

This is a project update by Rob Handgraaf (board member SSFA) and Jacqueline Aarnts. A year since we had been in Liati Wote and, although we have had many updates and pictures throughout the year, it was great to see, with our own eyes, all the things that have been done. Many waste bins in […]

Christopher Gavi, artist in Liati Wote

Essential to our plastic waste recovery and recycling project is inspiring people to change their attitude towards plastic use and its disposal. Illustrated paintings are a great way to create awareness among the inhabitants en visitors of Liati Wote village. Visual displays are easy to understand and communicate the message well to people of different […]

On the 16th of February 2019, a stakeholder meeting was held at Liati Wote to introduce the plastic waste recycling project to all the relevant stakeholders, and to officially kick start the Liati Wote Plastic Waste Recovery and Recycling Project. This project is a comprehensive approach to plastic waste management with the goal to promote […]

Jacqueline and Rob Handgraaf Aarnts, and Wisdom Kpegba We are happy to announce that we have a new board member: Rob Handgraaf. Rob will replace Petra van Liere-Addo, who we want to thank for serving on our board for almost five years! Rob and Jacqueline came over from France early this year to work, with […]

Liati Wote community has undertaken a needs assessment and prioritization of their development threats in 2017 during a meeting with Stepping Stones for Africa and Jolinaiko Eco Tours. During this meeting, the community identified sanitation, tourism development, deforestation, and unemployment as key priority areas of concern. Stepping Stones for Africa proposed a partnership with Liati […]

“A Winner is a Dreamer who never gives up” – Nelson Mandela – On Friday, February 8th, the roofing company started to lay the aluminium roofing on the clinic. On Monday, february 11th, the roofing was completed! The green color looks great in the area, and the village and we are very proud of the […]

“A Winner is a Dreamer who never gives up” – Nelson Mandela – The first step of the roofing of the clinic is accomplished! The second step, the aluminium roofing, is hopefully not going to take us long. We are so proud of Atsiekoe and grateful for everybody who joined us making this happen. And […]

With the walls of the building completed, our next goal is to get it roofed before the rains start again next year. Raising the walls and roofing of the clinic was the aim for this year, and it’s going to happen! You can now feel the vibe, not only among the people of Atsiekpoe but […]

Good things are meant to be shared with neighbors. Especially when it comes to issues of health and healthcare, no community can be self-sufficient. It is in the spirit of this understanding that SSFA in collaboration with the District Health Directorate at Battor organized a stakeholder meeting for all the leaders and opinion leaders for […]

Our Green Clinic Project is gradually progressing! The compressed-bricks are being used to build the walls. One step at a time, the dream of the people of Atsiekpoe of having their own community clinic is becoming a reality. The building of the walls that began on May 30, 2018 has finally been completed on July […]

Our Green Clinic Project is gradually progressing! As we wrote earlier, we acquired and fully paid for the compressed-bricks molding machine and we completed the molding of the estimated 14,000 interlocking bricks. Two community members have been trained and were part of the team that molded the bricks. With the foundation and bricks now completed, […]

The brick-molding machine

The brick-making machine was installed in October and bricks are now being moulded from 100 bags of cement. In total, 255 bags are needed for the 14000 bricks the building requires. Three young men from the Atsiekpoe community, Gabriel, Anani and Prince, are being trained in this new sustainable method of construction. The community contributes […]

This was the third stage in the process of identifying the prime area of concern facing the Liati Wote community and to find ways of resolving it. The purpose of this community engagement was to undertake needs assessment and prioritization to ensure effective planning and implementation of community development projects. Jonathan gave a brief review […]

On April 26-27, 2017 we organised a village meeting and a walk-though of the village. This ‘transect walk’ was a follow-up on the first exercise of telling the community story from the past to the present. Essentially, the goal of this exercise was to produce a social map by identifying community resources. This will in […]

Jolinaiko Eco Tours organised two weekends of scouting in Atsiekpoe with the Girl Scouts of Lincoln Community School. We welcomed in total 83 people, children and parents. Like last year, it was great fun to have this group of multi-cultural, bright and adventurous kids in the village. Some came for the day and others spent […]

Ghana celebrated its 60 years of Independence. Where many people attended festivities or enjoyed a relaxing holiday, the people of Atsiekpoe decided to roll up their sleeves. They completed the foundation! The women were in charge of bringing water from the river to the site and the men mixed the cement with stones, shelves, sand […]

The Green Clinic Atsiekpoe Ghana

This story explains so well why the people of Atsiekpoe dream and fight for a clinic. This picture of Ama and her baby was taken a few day after she gave birth last week. She did not give birth in a hospital, a maternal clinic or at home with the necessary assistance. She delivered her […]

On February 24, 2017, Stepping Stones for Africa Foundation, in collaboration with Jolinaiko Eco Tours, held a meeting with the chiefs, elders and people of the Liati Wote community. Liati Wote is situated at the foot of Afadjato, the highest mountain in Ghana, in the Afadzato South District of the Volta Region. As a travel […]

crowdfunding, a new concept in the village

Our crowdfunding pages added new funding channels to our clinic project. But internet, social media and crowdfunding are a totally new concept for many community leaders and elders in Atsiekpoe. So they joined us at the Cashew Village Lodge last weekend for some IT exposure and they were very happy to see their pictures online […]

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