GRID & NEA – Preparing What’s Ahead – A PREVIEW
2021 may be the most challenging, eventful year in our long history of working together in Northern Ghana. Six years in the making, the largest, most complex project GRID & NEA have undertaken, the Leyaata Hospital, scheduled to open later this year, will be a modern, sophisticated facility helping thousands annually. Completion of a large 100-bed dormitory and three churches is also planned. The five-year Leyaata Ane Project will end while the equally large Babanayaa Project gets underway and many other important initiatives are advancing. These alone positively impact tens of thousands of people.
While we complete what’s before us, we plan and pray also for what may lie ahead. It is evident that through this intense period of implementation in Ghana, NEA’s capacity and capabilities have grown exponentially. We’ve proven our ability to successfully take on large, sophisticated projects like a hospital, Leyaata Ane and Babanayaa. The growing expertise of NEA staff is a tremendous asset and we have been able to establish new relationships in Ghana and beyond that will serve us well in the future, all while maintaining a close relationship to those we serve, ensuring that small, individual and community needs can be identified and addressed.
We realize that all of you have been affected by COVID, some more deeply than others – yet despite this, in North America, we just completed our best financial year ever, thanks to supporters who have so generously responded to the needs brought to them. Over the past few years, new supporters, both large and small, have trusted us to complete what is underway in Ghana. We’ve established new relationships with Foundations, Trusts and individual donors while strengthening relationships with long-time supporters. GRID has greatly benefited from a wide range of expertise, both in our virtual office and through volunteers, to support the work in Ghana.
These are some of the reasons we can plan confidently for the future. And in a way, this describes the new GRID and NEA going forward. The Lord has provided, and we always seek to fulfill his will and plans. Allow us to share a preview of what the future may look like.
Plans are being made for large projects such as converting the hospital to solar power, reaping tremendous economic and environmental benefits. A large extension to our aquaculture program is in development. A future extension to the hospital is planned, making it the 100-bed facility originally foreseen. We must address the ongoing need for clean water, agricultural and local aquaculture programs and other elements of our holistic, sustainable approach in the communities in our catchment area. Youth training, education, the establishment of new congregations and churches are all important priorities, as well as many other identified local needs.
NEA, with its many entrepreneurial enterprises, is capable of maintaining what is already established. New initiatives are dependent on GRID’s ability to identify sources of funding. We hope credibility has been established with our supporters, and you will look favourably on our plans and continue to partner with us. And we continue to look for new partners. Large projects, mid-sized proposals, as well as what we may call “The Ghana Operating Fund,” which would provide for the local allocation of funds to smaller but equally important needs that together will help reach even more people.
We hope you are encouraged by this brief overview. As always, we continue to rely on God’s guidance and provision, but we also know that he uses people to bring his plans to reality. We value your ongoing prayers and support as we move ahead with confidence.
In His service,