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.
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