Saturday June 11 at 5PM in the O'Donnell Parish Center
Dinner Tickets: Adults $30 and Children 10 and under $10
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Father is very pleased with the progress of the school and will send pictures of the
landscaping and bus as soon as he can. He wants to thank everyone for their continued
support. The Bishop has transferred Father’s responsibilities to being the priest of Awaso!
This is an answer to prayer and will allow Father to be at the school more and involved with
the students and community all the time. This new assignment is effective immediately but
the paperwork has not been done yet. Awaso is a mission church of the parish of Bekwai so
he will have assistance from Bekwai also which is even better.
Financially he is out of money for capital and operational expenses. The last amount sent
was used for the bus to make up the difference in cost as well as have the necessary body
work and painting done. The financial statements and receipts have been sent to Wayne.
(Wayne confirmed that he received them.)
The school held its first Christmas concert and Father was so impressed. The children all
spoke very good English and the parents were overjoyed. The staff is happy and he has
been interviewing for a new teacher next year.
The Morgan Hill group plans to finish the residence on the school property this summer and
that is where their fundraising is allocated. The Morgan Hill group are preparing a Master Plan
of the school property with the help of Father Paul and it should be ready next month.
Father Paul is working on the operating budget and advises that the air conditioners are
operating and the networking for the computers is in progress. The t-bar ceiling in the
computer lab needs to be completed once the cabling is done. He is waiting for the chairs and
tables for the library that were purchased.
The parking lot is now completed with hand made paving blocks , with the lines for parking in
different color blocks. It looks very nice and the grass around the school is very green. Being
the dry season the rest of the ground is dry and brown but the school grounds are still green.
They have some orange trees that are good “canopy” trees for the children to sit outside. The
road to the school is not done and but Father did do a “rehabilitation” with a grader and
contour the ditches so water can run down the ditch. We need culverts though before the
next rainy season. When petrol prices went up all the other prices went up and our quote
from last year for the road is probably out of date now. He will get a new quote.
He wants to set aside some of the operational monies to set up an eating place for the
children in one of the classrooms to make it a lunchroom.
It was 5AM Father’s time when he called, but he sounded in good spirits and said his health
has been very good. Lucy is have a celebration to name her baby soon. Her husband asked
Father if they could name the baby after him so the baby’s name will be Paul Agyeman-Duah
Mensah and they will probably call him “Father Paul”!
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GHANA PROJECT MISSION CREW SUMMER 2012
AWASO ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL FACULTY, STAFF & CREW 2012
AWASO ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY SUMMER 2012/ Mrs. Mary Barber
GHANA PROJECT MISSION TRIP SUMMER 2010
St. Catherines's Crew July 23, 2010
SF Airport. Ready to go to Ghana, Africa!
Our first WELOME MASS at the Accru Hotel before we take off to Awaso Village.
8 hours bus ride to Awaso Village from the Capital of Accru.
Dusty Roads along the Capitol of Accru.
Panoramic view from inside bus of Ghana streets. Jungle in background.
Close up view of the streets of Ghana.
Ladies selling us snacks on the streets.
Awaso Village Chief Blessings on our Ghana Mission Project Crew 2010
Children in the Chief's courtyard watching the crew be blessed by Awaso Village Chief.
Carol Lillig sewing school uniforms with
the Awaso sewing ladies inside church.
Awaso Academy school uniform for boy.
Mary Barber reading aloud to Awaso children inside village classroom.
Pictures of Awaso children in the village.
Crew working & taking a break on future Prinicipal and Teacher Housing on Awaso Academy Campus grounds.
The night before the crew was "Pikniking "parading" on the streets of Awaso Village.
Dancing and Parading along Awaso Village Band on the streets of Awaso.
Awaso Village pikniking, dancing. and parading all the way to Awaso Academy courtyard.
International on Picnicking Day Parade from village.
Mass Choir outside of Church in Awaso Village.
Giving gifts and offerings at Mass.
Celebrating Father Paul 20th Anniversary Mass.
Father Paul's Reception after Mass with Royal families.
After Anniversary Mass a big party and food at Father Paul's Casa Maria.
Crew dancing outside of courtyard of Casa Maria.
Visit to the Boaxite Mining close to Awaso village.
Inside the Boaxite Mine building and looking outside along the jungle.
Casa Maria and courtyard.
Housing and dining at Casa Maria in Awaso Village.
Walking through Awaso Village with children at our side.
Mary Barber with children in Awaso Village in Ghana, Africa.
Under clothesline to visit Father Pauls old childhood house.
Greetings from Father Paul's brother "Paul" in the blue shirt.
Awaso village lady walking and carrying load on top of her head.
"Augustin" the Awaso Village School Principal visting in his motorcyle.
Awaso Academy International crew in courtyard.
Mary Barber inside unfinished Awaso Academy Library.
Inside the hallway of Awaso Academy International.
Nearby High School students visit AAI Library.
Father Paul climbing tree at Monkey Sanctuary in Ghana.
Janet Leach and Alexandra King feeding monkeys at Monkey Sanctuary in Ghana.
Hiking on trails in the Monkey Sanctuary.
Fr. Paul, Nurse Nancy & son with Royal Family.
Mary Barber and crew dressed up in native costume to dance with Royal Family.
Alex King outside in courtyard of Casa Maria with Awaso Village school dancers.
Emily and Wendy dancing with young dancers from Awaso Village..
At Father Paul Mensah 20th Priesthood Anniversary
Tom holding "Gifts of flags" from Ghana Project Mission 2010 Crew
for Awaso Academy International and Casa Maria.
Planting cocoa plant for Casa Maria. A gift from Ghana Mission Project crew 2010.
Father Paul celebrating our last Mass with him on the Coastline of Ghana with our crew.
We love you Ghana!