Years 2014-2016
The Dompoase Kindergarten Complex did not have running water for the children to wash their hands and for the Matron to cook the meals.  The women were fetching water in bowls from a nearby homeowner, for a cost, and carried to the school every morning.
VODEP was able to contract with a plumber to install pipes and hook up running water into the school and the cafeteria/library buildings.  The organization also contracted with an electrician to hook up electricity into the buildings.  This allowed the teachers to use tape recorders, VCR recorders, and record players, shipped from the USA, in their daily academic curriculum.  Fans were also installed in the library, which helped with circulation for preservation of the books and furniture from the humidity. 
The weather in Ghana is very tropical – very hot and humid during the dry season, with a lot of rain – so the paint on the buildings needs to be redone every two to three years.  The last time the two buildings were painted was 2011.  We were able to paint both buildings during this time period. 

"It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller will never die in Africa, that all children in the world may experience the wonder of books, and that they will never lose the capacity to enlarge their earthly dwelling place with the magic of stories." - Nelson Mandela