June 22th, 2017
It tooks a long time but now the ambulance car for "LIGHT UP AFRICA" finally made it through Ghanaian customs!
The car arrived well on 27th December 2016 in Tema and was now at the customs for five and a half months. The bureaucracy in Ghana is unmanageable and it was clear that it would take longer, but we didn’t expect a waiting time that long.
According to the law, ambulance vehicles are duty-free and free of VAT in Ghana. Supposedly, the law has changed in March 2017 and ambulances are now subject to the same conditions as normal cars, because many have taken advantage of this loophole by importing cars as ambulances and then converting them to taxis. We should have paid about 8,000 EURO in tariffs and VAT. The authorities in Ghana have played for time, there was a suggestion that we should pay and then get the money back, which would certainly never have been the case.
Then we requested the International Red Cross, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Humanitarian Aid and the Austrian ambassador to Ghana for assistance.
The Austrian ambassador to Ghana and Nigeria in Abuja, Mag. Werner Senfter, has been particularly active and has finally managed to reach a clearance without customs duties and VAT through his untiring help.
Thank you very much !!!
December 1st, 2016
November 25th, 2016
Article at the newspaper "Bezirksblatt Purkersdorf"
September 22nd, 2016
Donation "ambulance car for Ghana" from Elephant Records-Austria, in the person of Georg Ragyoczy, handed over a donation for € 1.000 to Karin Schrittwieser “Austrians for Ghana”
".... because it is a concerns of the heart, to support this project ...." Georg
September 13th, 2016
August 23rd, 2016
August 5th - 12th, 2016
Donations in kind for the next trip in August 2016
At this time we can take 4 x 23 kg luggage, so we are also glad about donations in kind, especially well-preserved shoes, sandals, belts and trousers.
For the IT teaching in schools we are looking for used, functioning laptops with Windows 8, because they can easily be adapted in English.
Pictures of the trip please see galerie!
The last school days before summer holidays in Ghana!
Emmanuel, Francis and Isaac have already completed their "Exams" successful. Congratulations!
The next trip to Ghana is planned for August. Sophia, she is very involved with the Red Cross operates and this year the Young Humanitarian Hero Award winner will come with me.
Before we will have a workshop with Dr. Maria Hengstberger / Aktion Regen over clearing up devices for family planning in developing countries.
This refers mainly the birth control necklace, which we will bring to Ghana.
Project „AMBULANCE CAR FOR GHANA“
Walter has, as a part of his activities in Austrians for Ghana, promised an ambulance car to Robert from LightupAfrica in Ghana.
The Red Cross Purkersdorf could provide an equipped VW-Crafter-ambulance car which was built in 2010. Unfortunately, it has a serious engine damage, but otherwise the car is in good condition. In order to use the car and get it to LightupAfria, we need an expensive repair and shipping from Antwerpen to Ghana.
Robert is one of the founders of LightupAfrica. LightupAfrica is a local, very engaged aid organisation for health and social services, for more information please see http://www.lightupafricagh.org/
We kindly ask for a once-only donation for the project “Ambulance car for Ghana” to the
account „Austrians for Ghana“ / ERSTE BANK AUSTRIA
IBAN: AT57 20111 21272869803
to help us fulfil Walters promise. Many thanks in advance for all your support!
January 31st, 2016
January 29th, 2016
We have supported Class 5 Pinkafeld in their project work "GHANA" that will be presented on 29th January 2016.
Thank you for the invitation and good luck!
January 28th, 2016
Two other families in Ghana need our support urgently!
The first family: Jessica would like to attend the senior high school but there is no money to pay the school fees.
The father is paralyzed from the waist down and was not able to take care for the full extent of the family. The mother is a tomato seller but currently unemployed. Jessica has five siblings.
The second family: The father is blind and sells coconuts, his wife is unemployed. The income is not enough to feed the entire family. Therefore, three of the seven children living in an
orphanage, one is living with a sister, three are at home.
For now, we can only support the two girls with daily food allowance and school fees.
Another goal is to bring the three children from the orphanage back to the family and support them.