Supporting the Sanctuaries for Outcasts in Ghana

Who we are

We are Simon und Evelyn Ngota. For 18 years we worked at the “Gambaga Outcast Home” where we left for good in 2009. Conflicts between the church and the chief as ethnic conflicts between Mamprusi and Kusasi finally made us focus on new grounds in Gushiegu.

In the beginning we had a really hard time, relying on the support of friends and relatives. Luckily we met Felix Riedel, an ethnographer who decided to support us together with his friends. Now we can concentrate on our work with the women accused of witchcraft. Every week we visit Gushiegu for at least 3 days. In October we finish our clay home in Gushiegu and settle down there to counsel the women every day and one day per week also Nabuli and Kpatinga.

I, Simon, was once a godchild at a mission-school near Bawku. Later on I studied agric engineering. Since my youth I worked in projects. Before counseling witch-hunt victims I worked with blind people.

I, Evelyn, am from Wa. I train the women with soap-making, Sheabutter-production, charcoal-production and help with small-income generation.

We both share a large interest in environmentalism.

In Gambaga we planted a forest and Simon, through his continuous advice and example, convinced farmers to stop burning the fields after harvesting. Organic matter is often wasted  in Ghana and we would like to bring forward compost production.

We use fertilizer but our soils are delicate and weak. When we were young, we remeber animals were manifold and plenty. Everywhere the crocodiles, monkeys, baboons, rabbits, antilopes, hyenas were hunted. Now we are at a point where we have to encourage discussions about how to use land, bush and forests, how to store water and prevent erosion and deflation. We think that social work and environmentalism are perfect partners and will eventually lead to improved means of food-production.

Our donors and friends in Germany are:

Dr. Nikola Fenner (Medical Doctor)

Gerlind Fenner (retired teacher)

Lydia Riedel (Organic farmer)

Thomas Riedel (Nurse)

Felix Riedel (Ethnologist)

Ulrich Riedel (retired chemistrist)

Stephan Roth (Philosopher)

Dr. Tanja Losch (Medical Doctor)

and many more

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2 responses

  1. ARe you involved at all with SOSYWEN? I have a small group of singers (there are 6 of us altogether) who would like to come over to sing and help out for a few days. We live in the US in North Carolina. We go to the same very progressive Methodist church (greenstreetchurch.org). It is an award-winning church dedicated to social justice issues right here in our community. This group would like to visit and video tape our project. I am a student at a local college and I hope this would become part of my work there. We have a website Whosoeversingers.org. Is this something you think you would be interested in working with us on? We could bring some first aid supplies and that sort of thing. Use my email heidi.14droad@gmail.com if you want to investigate further. Thanks for all you do.

    11. October 2011 at 19:34

  2. We will mail you.

    13. October 2011 at 08:33

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