Abubakar Abdullai's of Cape Coast, Ghana,West Africa
goals for his studies of woodworking in America.
"Mr. Lohr i am happy to shear this with you so you can correct me where ever you find it unnecessary to deal with it in America. but i am telling this because this is the goal i want to achieve to support baobab trade and art school, cape coast community, and Ghana near future, and also the rest of African communities."
(I have had much communication from Abu over the past 8 months. Although Abu's English is surprisingly good, his context and meaning can easily be confused by the unaccustomed reader not privileged to read the extensive communications in their entirety. Honoring Abu's instruction to correct his grammar, the text below are my wife Linda's edit of Abu's communications with great care being taken to stay true to Abu's intent and meaning throughout. J Lohr)
I am most grateful for the honor of study in America under the guidance of Mr. Lohr at his woodworking school. I am hopeful that Mr. Lohr's Woodworking School will teach me how to make new products and improve the quality of our existing creations so I am able come back to Ghana and share this knowledge and woodworking skills with my countrymen. There is great wisdom in the old saying: " If you give a man a fish you have fed him for one day; If you teach a man to fish, you have fed him for a life time." I want to learn to fish. .
I am hopeful to create a carpentry shop and school for woodworking in Cape Coast, Ghana. I am also hopeful that a source of funding can assist us to to continue to grow a significant woodworking program for all the people of Ghana's benefit by the establishment of such a school.
I am hopeful to help the people of Africa and for export to America. To create products distinctive of Ghana culture that would have appeal to an American marketplace.
I believe an opportunity to have American tradesman and small business men instruct me on marketing strategies based on personal experience would be a very powerful education. The start-up process of any small venture, based on woodworking and woodworking products can best be explained by others who have done it successfully. What I learn from others can help me do the same for myself.
Poverty is at the root of many social problems in all cultures. To enable young people and adults to gather skills-on both an educational and personal level—can do much to change a life. To provide a place of learning a tangible skill, and offer an alternative to the bleak future that stems from lack of viable opportunities for self improvement would be a great contribution to the society of my country. I understand the future can be different than the present if we have a different vision. I have a different vision, and I can make my community a better place to live and work if I succeed in my efforts.
Abubakar Abdullai, Cape Coast, Ghana.