March 2007: Jeffry Awards Abu a Scholarship

After several visits in Ghana, Janice Simms, an American traveler in Ghana, befriended Abubakar “Abu” Abdulai. She recognized Abu’s sincere dedication to helping the disadvantaged in his country, and she encouraged him to contact Jeffry Lohr, the head of a woodworking school in Pennsylvania, USA. At the time, Abu was working and volunteering at a mission school called Baobab Children's Foundation in a village outside of Cape Coast. His work there for the previous 4 years included but was not limited to, carpentry instruction for young boys at this mission in addition to general caretaker of the compound.

In a country where 78.5% of the population lives on $2 a day, 44.8% live on less than $1 a day, and a large number of are malnourished, Abu wanted to improve the lives of those around him.

Thus, in March 2007, Abu contacted Jeffry by email. Abu sought to take Jeffry’s Practical Woodworking Course, which could help him develop a School of Trades for the young children of the Baobab Foundation. Thus, Jeffry awarded Abubakar a free scholarship. What followed was a confluence of events that shaped a much bigger outreach than Abu or Jeffry had ever initially anticipated—the seeds of Moringa Community were planted.

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