Impressive Developments in Sefwi Wiawso, Ghana

by Harriet Bograd (Summer 2009, Kulanu Newsletter, p 3)

I’m delighted to report on these dramatic developments in Ghana:

Alex Armah is back in Uganda

Alex Armah has returned to Uganda for an additional six months of study with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu. Thanks to the Bechol Lashon program for providing the funds to make this possible! (As you may recall, Kulanu payed the travel and living expenses for Alex to study in Uganda for four months in 2008). We expect this to be another wonderful opportunity for Alex to build his skills as a teacher and leader for the Sefwi Wiawso community.

Kulanu sent $10,189.72 to the community in Sefwi Wiawso

Kulanu sent $10,189.72 to the community recently, raised from the sale of beautiful embroidered challah covers and Kente cloth tallitot. Since this program began in 2001, we have paid the community a total of $34,059 for challah covers and $4,740 for tallitot. At the request of some of the community members, we had been holding on to these sales proceeds for several years, until all were confident that conflicts in the community had been resolved and that the community had strong decision-making procedures in place to control how the money is used. On the day I sent the money, I really felt moved with gratitude and appreciation of the progress that the community and Kulanu have made working together. The community’s tailor, Ben Baidoo, deserves special praise for his wonderful craftsmanship in making these challah covers and tallitot.

If you want to purchase these challah covers or tallitot, visit

More medical supplies are on their way

Thanks to Sid Rosenzweig and Lynda Howland from Rochester, NY and Anita Tarab who travels back and forth to Ghana for arranging to bring a suitcase of medical supplies to the community to donate to the hospital in Sefwi Wiawso. Sid and Lynda have helped a number of Kulanu’s travelers obtain medical supplies to take to communities we work with.

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