Henekrom is another hidden and forgotten village with about 500 inhabitants. It is located about 10 km deeper in the bush than Kanturo and is associated with the Chief of “Nusatre” or “Boreso”.
The school, an open clay building, has a kindergarden and four classes with currently about 150 children. As soon as a school building with six classrooms will be completed, the school in Henekrom can be set up as a “primary school” with a children’s day care center, nursery school and eight school classes. However, the number of teachers now needs to increase from nine to about 20 teachers, so that the approximately 300 pupils can be taught and thus receive a life perspective. With visits and letters, we put the administration under tension.
The school can currently use a drinking water fountain of the village (about 500 meters away). Through the effort of the teachers and the parents, the school children receive 2 – 3 times a week a simple meal made from donations, mostly rice or maize porridge with a sauce.
In negotiations with the administration, the District Executive Chief (DEC) of the Sunyani West Districts, Henekrom has been included on the list for the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) ranking second behind Kanturo. The DEC has given us the support of the school in Henekrom. We asked the teachers and the village leaders to submit an application for the establishment of the GSFP to the relevant ministry. We plan, if necessary, to build a school kitchen for Henekrom immediately.
In the margins of the agreements on the basic supply of the growing school, we have handed over balls and learning material from donations. Together with Madame Agnes, we have promised supplementary support for schooling with rice for the time until the decision on the application. As soon as the school building has been completed and there is a commitment to provide additional teachers for the establishment of the GSFP, we have the intention – as in Kanturo – to offer incentives like school furniture, school uniforms and toys for additional 150 children so that they can attempt school.