Chirapatre Charity Appeal
The Northumbrian Magazine’s Chirapatre Appeal was launched 20 years ago to raise money to help improve educational facilities for the 1,600 children attending the Chirapatre school campus in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city.
One of the first projects to be funded was a purpose-built library. This now serves more than 10,000 pupils studying at 60 schools in the area and it has been acclaimed as the best school library in Ghana. Ten new classrooms have been built to ease overcrowding and a large extension was recently added to the library to create study facilities and computer training.
To date guests staying at Beacon Hill Farm have generously supported this good cause by giving donations totalling over £23,000 – a huge contribution to the work at Chirapatre.
Construction work was recently completed on four urgently needed Kindergarten classrooms for 200 three to five year olds and money raised in the coming months will be used to fit additional bookshelves in the very busy main library and for refurbishment of classrooms built on the school campus ten years ago.
The Chirapatre Appeal is coordinated by The Northumbrian editor, Stewart Bonney, and supervised in Ghana by Joe Edusei; both meet all their own expenses. Every penny donated to the Appeal by Beacon Hill guests, and anyone else, is used to benefit children living in Kumasi.
The Northumbrian Magazine