Posted tagged ‘Akosombo’

‘Where DID you get that shirt?’

July 18, 2013


I’m wearing this amazing shirt in honour of Grace Manieson-Annancy and her work with children in Akosombo, in Ghana, about which you can read more in earlier entries in this blog.

The shirt is made of cloth produced in Akosombo and bought by me from Akosombo Market when I visited in February.

It was on that visit that I first saw Grace’s work among children there, encouraging them to develop their reading skills. With the help of books donated from East London, dozens of children are being given skills that will equip them for life. Last year, a generous donation funded some bookcases on which the reading material is displayed. And this year, we started raising funds to build a permanent home – a library, if you like, that we’re calling ‘Grace’s Place’ – where children will be able to come and read in safety and comfort.

If you’d like to support ‘Grace’s Place’ I’d be happy to tell you more, and to receive your donations. Email me at or read the rest of this blog for more info.


Big-hearted St Cedd’s supports ‘Grace’s Place’

June 14, 2013


St Cedd’s Church, Barkingside, isn’t the biggest church in the world, but it has a big-hearted congregation! So when they heard about ‘Grace’s Place’, our project for children in Ghana, they put their hands in their pockets and gave generously.

As a result, their Vicar, Rev Stella Olukanmi, was able to send us a magnificent cheque for £200, taking our total beyond £3,000 already. Thank you, St Cedd’s!

Generous churchwardens give to ‘Grace’s Place’

June 6, 2013


The Churchwardens and clergy who attended the recent ‘Visitation’ service in Wanstead responded immediately when told about Grace’s Place. I’ve just received a cheque from Wanstead Parish, who organised the evening, and I’m bowled over that it was nearly £1,000.
There’s a long way to go yet, but we’re about to send information about Grace’s Place to lots of generous people across East London, and we know that they will respond in lots of imaginative ways.

We want to build a permanent place where children can come to read and learn in peace and safety. We’re calling it Grace’s Place: Can we make it happen? Yes, together we can!

Become one of Grace’s Angels!

March 13, 2013

In the theatre world, people who invest their money to make productions happen are known as ‘angels’. Well, Grace and the children of Akosombo need some angels to help them realise their dream of a permanent home for their books and bookshelves.
Could that be you? Already, one angel has made a stonking donation of £1,000. The target is just £20,000, meaning that we only need another 19 people to give £1,000 each, or 190 people to give £100, or… – you get the picture.

So, will you be an angel for the children of Akosombo, who only want somewhere to learn to read in safety? If so, you can donate now by using a bank debit or credit card and going to

Don’t forget to gift-aid your donation if you’re a UK taxpayer. Let George Osborne give to Grace’s Place too!

Grace’s Place: We can do it together

March 8, 2013

This is an idea whose time has come! Since yesterday’s post, the plan to build a permanent home for Grace’s work has taken off. Already, I’ve had some excellent offers of help and emails from generous people wanting to donate.

I can’t stress how important this is. Grace Annancy has many years of experience in education, both as a much-loved teacher and as an inspiring leader, as hundreds of former pupils at Akosombo International School know. Now she has committed herself to this project and the children are responding in droves to her love and enthusiasm.

After seeing Grace’s Place in action, my wife, Sue – a teacher at a school in Newham – wrote “I was enormously impressed by the enthusiasm of the constant queue of excited children hoping to share a book with me. It was a tremendously moving experience and they deserve all the help they can get.”

We’re in the process of putting together some publicity material and arranging some easy ways to donate. But if you want to give now, please don’t hesitate! Just send me a cheque and I will make sure that every penny goes towards Grace’s Place. Please make it out to ‘Archdeacon of West Ham’, write ‘Grace’s Place’ on the back, and send it to me, Elwin Cockett, at 86 Aldersbrook Road, London E12 5DH. If you can include a Gift Aid declaration, so much the better.