Ghana Visit 2018 - Paul Hawes’ Perspective
Paul Hawes met our founder Emma Hodgkins whilst on a skiing trip earlier this year. Keen to get involved with the Trust, he helped his daughter fund raise for the charity by doing a parachute jump in September. Just a month later, he joined the team in Ghana to witness first hand the work we are doing and the people support. Here, Paul gives his thoughts on the trip:
“This was my first trip to Ghana with the Helen Hodgkins Trust, but it won’t be my last. It was informative, humbling, upsetting, frustrating and enlightening, and I’m excited at the prospect of being able to help in the future by putting my engineering background to use.
I’m looking forward to being able to make a difference to these people’s lives, these people who don’t have the basic human right of access to clean water in the 21st Century. The gift of clean water ensures better health for the entire community and enables the children to concentrate on their education which will help the community moving forward. For me, it’s all about helping them to help themselves.”
Paul was a huge attribute on our trip and threw himself whole-heartedly into each and every activity. He helped to diagnose issues with boreholes we are trying to repair and used his engineering background to suggest improvements to some of the techniques that were being used.
The Trust is delighted to have Paul working with us and can’t wait to see what suggestions he comes up with next. Thank you Paul!