Well, the satellite communications equipment finally arrived in Ghana this week! It all started with an email I sent in April to a company called iDirect, based in Virginia. The email was sent before my trip to Ghana, and I was trying to find out the cost involved in getting internet connectivity to Crossover. A woman named Genevieve Gwen responded to my email, and after several back and forth emails, I realized internet by satellite was just too expensive and not a realistic option for Crossover. However, a few days later, I got a phone call from Genevieve saying that her company has agreed to provide all of the equipment to Crossover for free! I was simply floored. I could not believe it, and I kept telling myself it was just too good to be true. But, it is true, and the equipment is literally being installed as I type this update. Furthermore, the service provider in Ghana, SkyVision, has agreed to provide 12 months of free service! I am not sure what the service cost will be after the initial 12 months, but we will have to deal with that and try to figure something out by then.
Also, my very good friends Tom Ferry and Kathy Ferry have agreed to help Crossover by selling t-shirts (provided by Ei-Lo, thank you Eddy Chavez!!)
at their big summit in a few weeks where all the proceeds will go to
Crossover. Our goal is 500 t-shirt sales ($9k), which will be enough to
buy 2 acres of land for Crossover!
Step by step, things are starting to happen for Crossover. We needed the good news because 2 weeks ago, an 11 year old boy from Crossover died from a fever. His name was Ameko Emmanuel, and he is sorely missed by his brothers and sisters at Crossover.
Our 501c3 should be up and running soon, and that's when our serious efforts will start at raising enough money to build a proper school for Crossover: 2 dorms (with walls and a roof), classrooms, a kitchen/mess hall, bathrooms and showers. Thank you for reading the blog and please feel free to pass it on!