Kumasi Hive: Makerspace in Ghana

Earlier this year Fab Lab London backed the Kickstarter project “Kumasi Hive: a Makerspace for Entrepreneurs in Ghana” an initiative Co-founded by Anna Lowe, a friend and maker from Fab Lab London. The project was to create a collaborative makerspace offering access to tools, technology, & business support for innovators in Ghana – naturally we were excited to see they surprassed their target of £10,000.

We we’re very surprised this week to also received a beautiful note from Anna, giving the Fab Lab an update of their progress…

In the mean time, I wanted to let you know that we have completed the donation of science sets. Last week I was privileged to go to a small town called Nsoatre, in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana. Charles, one of the founders of the company that makes the science sets, is from there – in fact the school where we made the donations (shown in the photos) is where his late father was headmaster. That is where Charles got his passion for improving education from, which in turn has led to the creation of his company Dext.

The day before, Charles had gone round all the junior high schools in the town to select recipients. With the help of teachers and interviewing the kids, he selected recipients from underprivileged backgrounds who are particularly interested in science, technology, and engineering. (We distributed the donations across schools because each student who got one will share the use of it with their classmates).

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This is Angela Ameyaw Ohenewaa. She is 15 and attends a Junior High School called Presby ‘A’ (presumably originally Presbytarian). We told the students that the sets would be donated at 3.30 PM. Angela showed up at 9.00 AM to wait for it. She was the very first one to arrive.

I’ve also attached a couple of photos of all the kids we donated sets to (plus a couple of extras who joined in for the photo!). Every one of them was so excited and grateful. Although each set was donated to an individual, you can be sure that it will be used and shared with many more. On their behalf, THANK YOU. Anna

Kumasi

 

Kumasi

You can find about Kumasi and their project at http://kumasihive.com/