Greetings from the motherland Ghana 🇬🇭
I’m enjoying, I’m having fun. I’m learning and seeing new things. And most definitely I’m chilling. My chilling can be different from your chilling, everybody is different right?
With this blog I’m switching things up a bit…
So most of you already know that I (Samantha Gyamfi) am the founder of the Akoma Ntoso Foundation. The word ‘Akoma’ means ‘heart’ and ‘Ntoso’ means ‘together’. So the name ‘Akoma Ntoso’ has multiple meanings. The translation we took out from Akoma Ntoso is ‘With joined hearts’.
Some might say that is not how you should write it, it has to be; Akoma Ntoasɔ. Yea yea, we’ve heard that a lot, but we have put our own twist in it and this is what we as a team decided on.
So not to bore you too much we asked the team members of Akoma Ntoso to share their personal experiences of their visits to the different hospitals and orphanages in Accra and Kumasi. Below you will read some of their priceless moments:
Today we visited two hospitals and an orphanage home. Before we went there I did not really know what to expect, I did not know what the conditions were like and I did not know about the conditions of the people there. Arriving at the hospitals I automatically, maybe unintentionally, started comparing them to the ones i’m used to. I think apart from the equipment, the things that stood out the most were both hygiene and accessibility. Concerning the latter I was surprised how, in my eyes, easy it was for everyone to have access to the babies. When looking at infants I think it is important to prevent any type of contaminations or infections because they are so vulnerable to it. So this kind of shocked me. When looking at the orphanage home I think we can say the conditions were pretty good, and I think they got quite some support from other foundations or institutions. My experience from todays journey was quite touching, to see people, especially in the hospitals, under conditions which could affect the child and conditions of which you know they should be better is painful.
My experience from donation day Kumasi was overwhelming. It was quite touching to see the condition of the hospitals compared to the hospitals I normally see in Holland. The situation was very bad despite the fact that the hospital we went to was a governmental hospital. The risk that babies could easily get sick were very high. There were many babies in one room, making infections and diseases easier to transfer.
The orphanage, on the other hand, was in better shape. This has to do with the fact that they are helped a lot by other foundations and churches.
After months of preparation and a lot of stress, the wait was finally over.
We as the Akoma Ntoso foundation were privileged to visit both District Hospital of Manhyia, the ‘Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital’ and the save our children orphanage. I say privileged because not everyone is in the position to be able to help others. Seeing those little ones laying over there, so innocent… so fragile… Every individual of us has always had a dream of giving back to the needy in the Motherland, today this dream finally came into realization.
My experiences in Kumasi and Accra was awesome. Some moments were priceless. I was overwhelmed by the way young ladies, mothers, boys and girls received smiles on their faces when the donations were presented. But what really caught my attention was the need for hygiene products in hospitals and also for the less privilege.
Giving to the needy might not change the whole world, but it can change someone’s world.
My experience in Kumasi:
I had such an amazing experience. Knowing that we can put a smile on people’s face and blessing them with what we had was a feeling that could never be replaced. We went to two hospitals and a childeren’s home.
One thing that amazed me was a young man, whom now is a manager of the childeren’s home, he lived in the home himself. Knowing that places such as these can change a life forever and being able to support them or contribute in any way possible is amazing!
This was a well appreciated experience.
The Akoma Ntoso foundation was privileged to visit 2 hospitals and a children’s home in Kumasi. I was happy and sad at the same time. Knowing what people go through daily just to survive. Children who don’t have parents or even know their whereabouts. For me I was happy we could put smiles on their faces. It was for them to know they are not forgotten but that there are people there who do appreciate and want to make sure they are able so survive trough out the hardship the little we could is what we have done.
The Akoma Ntoso foundation was privileged to donate to one of the children’s home in Ghana Accra- Teshie and the 37 military hospital. We also decided to share out some hygiene products for the ladies. The one thing that spoke to me the most was seeing the smiles on their faces because of the little we gave. I believe if we could all come back and do much more we will be able to put a smile on thousands of faces.
My mom always says “it is a good thing to be blessed, but it is even better to be a blessing to someone else”. The Akoma Ntoso Foundation has given me a platform to be a blessing to someone else, and words can’t explain how grateful I am to be part of it. Giving back to the less fortunate in Ghana has been a blessing. Seeing happiness on the faces of young children, the gratitude and excitement made me emotional. It made me realize that I take a lot for granted. The problems I face, aren’t even to be compared to the problems of the people here in Ghana. And yet, when I look around I see happiness, laughter and strength. I admire my people for the way they live and their perseverance. This trip deeply humbled me. I am grateful that I am able to give back. I believe we can make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever waisted. In my opinion this project has been a success and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
It felt really good to give back to Ghana our motherland, the love, support and gratitude we received had motivated me to go on with this.
I have learned a lot during this journey and I am forever grateful that I was able to give to my motherland and I’m looking forward to more projects in the future!
The goal of my trip to Ghana was to put a smile on my people’s faces. I was a bit nervous during the preparations, but after all everything came to a good end. That special moment came when we got to the hospital. We saw the mothers and their premature babies. Full of tears in their eyes with fear, having joy in their hearts of the precious gifts they birthed on earth.
We handed over diapers, sanitary pads etc. One of the most precious moments I had was when I entered the orphanage, a small cute boy ran up to me and gave me a big hug. He captured my heart and couldn’t let go of me. That’s where our friendship started. I could go on and on, giving never stops!