Newsletter February – March 2016

Expectations   Early spring has melted the eyes snow. I was a blind seed. Now I see.   The frost that bound are separating. Flowing sources of light and air in everything that is dreaming.   Under the yellow grass, where the cold was, the skies cradles as a root from a flower.   Stone, that was hard and cold and put in shade Turns silently with the sun on the bare backs.   And from the rising waves of green straw new expectations are flowing pure and blue.   Newsletter February – March 2016  Halfdan Rasmussen’s spring poem describes in a fine way what we humans each spring can sense: The things that have bounded us loosen and our minds are open and receptive to nature’s influence, we are filled with new energy and new forces. We also feel that at From Heart to Hand: We are moving on, something new is ahead waiting for us. The month of February has brought us many joys. Many members have paid the annual fees and we have had new members. We thank you for all deposits and for those who haven´t, they can be paid into the account 9028-457-18-99286. New members will be gratefully received. Please remember to mark the payment: Annual fee and please don’t forget your name. Thanks to all you loyal sponsors in making a big difference for some children in Ghana. We also welcome new sponsors, thank you, that you also want to help a Ghanaian child to a better future! There are constant adjustments in the amounts kids need. The older they get the more...

Newsletter December 2015 – January 2016

Your deed shall testify for you. Your right hand shall not wither in gloves and golden ribbon! Keep the word holy, for know, the words are your spirit! We travel empty-handed one day. You also need to go. Enrich your heart, so you can have something to bring! Keep the word holy as angels descend! Something is greater than you. There are mountains with snow. There are more precious things than your life. You must fight for it! But do not trample on those, who have sunk to their knees! Arnulf Øverland.   Newsletter December 2015 – January 2016. Very happy New Year to all of you. Times changes, 2015 is replaced by 2016! It is difficult to follow and reach the many great challenges that the new near has brought us. In December, we enjoyed being together with Liane, Ben and Alfred. There is always invigorating with a breath of fresh air from where the action takes place! Liane managed to hold many lectures, but unfortunately her vacation period shortened when she was hospitalized in Aalborg with a severe attack of malaria. Subsequently and understandably, she needed to get back her strength again. Nevertheless, we, the board, reached what we had planned: lecture at the library with sale stalls and lottery was a great success with 75 participants and a surplus in the vicinity of 10,000 kr.! Thanks to all those who in one way or another contributed to the good evening and that great profit. Also thanks to all the individuals / organizations / scientists, who in December have made great contributions to the further construction in...

Newsletter November-December 2015

Together 67 of the world’s richest billionaires own more than the poorest 3.5 billion people Newsletter November-December 2015. The term Human Rights generally covers the universal declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948. Historically those efforts were to formulate the basic rights way back in time. The English Magna Carta of 15 June 1215 contains principles that still apply. It is about ideas such as freedom and democracy, the legal principle that all are treated equally and protection of property rights. These ideas spread through France to the world. In the 18th century these thoughts and ideas are to be found in the United States Declaration of Independence of 1776 and the French Declaration of Human Rights from the 1789. Fundamental human rights are considered inalienable, as a natural law, an idea that has its roots back to ancient Greece, which has its counterpart in the United States Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and that they by their Creator got certain unalienable rights, among these are the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ” (Wikipedia) Men are born and remain equal in rights. What is the situation at the end of 2015 with this statement? We must recognize that the world’s goods are unevenly distributed. We who are privileged to be born in an industrialized country, takes this statement as a given, but how it is experienced by people in a developing country? Many of them don’t know about the Declaration of Human Rights, but still they...

Report July – October 2015

Summer vacation went so quick in FHTH Ghana. We had a full house throughout the summer, and had to cook for 20 people every night. The centre buzzed with fun and happy people, and there was complete silence when schools opened after the holidays again, and one by one they went away from here. In additional Yaa took the big step and moved away from the centre along with Viola, after five years under FHTHs wings. We got busy visiting all schools, paying school fees, canteen money and buy this year’s school books. Once again we had excited and happy children and young people who were ready for a new school year in a new class. The building project has had a quiet period and we managed to be completely distraught over the situation. Fortunately it all turned for the better again, and now we’re soon ready to inaugurate the first six buildings, and we will be able to move to FHTHs center. The first families have already moved in, and there is life on the land. We are pleased and 2016 will surely be a great and exciting new year with our very own FHTH Centre – for people in need. There are already new buildings on the drawing board, and we are now looking for sponsors for the work shop building, the volunteer house, accommodations and staff building. In October volunteer Katrine arrived and John, who is an intern at us. They must both be here until the middle of December. We also had a visit from Højskoleforeningen Vendsyssel, as on their tour around Ghana came by...

Newsletter October 2015

An optimist is one who sees a green light everywhere. A pessimist sees red brake lights everywhere. The wise people are color blind. Albert Schweitzer   Newsletter October 2015. With golden leaves swirling in the air, autumn has finally arrived – and however: Temperatures are still so high that you forget how close the year is at its end. It is a beautiful and lovely time and we should all enjoy the warm weather and the beautiful colors while time is. The month of October has given many good experiences for From Heart to Hand. Faithful sponsorships, memberships, submission of filled piggy banks, sales of brick key chains and large donations for the construction work in Ghana. Indeed, we have much to be thankful for. In Lianes Bazar we have been very busy in October, where we participated in this year’s sustainability festival. Many diligent hands reshaped used items to other exciting things. Our “Recycling recycling” was well received by customers and the month’s sales were very satisfactory. Our branch in Bredgade 64 had, thanks to Børges extra effort, extended hours and our many customers now realize that they in no. 64 also can find fine and cheap goods. So far, we continue to be open on Thursdays at no. 64 from 13.00 to 17.30. At the mannequin air show in Brønderslev hall, Lianes Bazar presented clothes in a beautiful way. Big thanks to those who took their times to walk the catwalk. The association has participated in the Health Fair in Hjallerup. Again this year, we were provided a free stall. Thanks to Lene Nielsen for the faithful...

Newsletter August-September 2015

In the name of love. In the name of love ………… The above was the theme of free air rock worship at the Church Laden in Stenum late August. Die Herren delivered music to a lovely church service and afterwards the orchestra gave a concert, where the theme also was love: Using love for our fellow men – both those who are near and those who are distant – we can overcome unexpected obstacles and move forward . After the last newsletter the board has experienced this love and understanding of our work in Ghana. We have gratefully received additional contributions to the work. We have also received 20,000 kr. from Lauridzen Foundation, a help towards solar power in Ghana. Further more Lianes grandmother and grandfather, Inger and Jørgen Jørgensen, have donated up to 40,000 kr. for the completion of ongoing construction. We are deeply grateful for all the support. We are not alone in being passionate about From Heart to Hand Ghana. We thank you for your faithful sponsorship, for new godparents, for new memberships, for filled piggy banks and the purchase of brick key chains. In addition to receiving your financial support, we also consider it as a great moral support. Thank you to each of you. Thanks for the help with the website and facebook. We often get positive response to things we make public. This summer we have been very busy in Lianes Bazar and in Bredgade 64, but thanks to our faithful volunteers, things have gone really well. We welcome good influx of new volunteers and think it is both a positive challenge and...