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Centre Building

Voila Notre Centre!

I am thrilled to be able to give you a good look at our new Abengourou CREER centre, with before and after photos so you can see just how much we have achieved thus far! The front yard and entrance:   The porch is now perfect for cool evenings: Look at what we did with […]

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The Final Push to the Finish Line!

Unfortunately, the fit with Thierry, our initial Outreach Coordinator, wasn’t quite right for CREER’s vision, so we parted company at the beginning of September.  This meant that I stepped up to the front line to oversee the completion of all the building works on my own, and it was quite a learning experience!   During this […]

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Getting Underway …

Down in Abidjan, one of the first meetings we had was with a Captain in the Operation Licorne, the French Armed Forces peacekeeping operation in Cote d’Ivoire. By wonderful coincidence, the very day the Founder and I arrived in Abengourou was the same day a Licorne patrol also came to town to do some community […]

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First view of our centre

Exciting times flying back to West Africa in July, our first long-term volunteer Rachel & I flew into Accra keen to see the centre that Tony had arranged to rent for C.R.E.E.R at minimal cost in Abengourou. It was a long journey by road with a night in Bibiani then another night in Ghana’s Bia National […]

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Finally, we are operational!!!

Finally we can announce that we are now operational, it all came together on Friday 20th June. It’s not been an easy journey by any stretch of the imagination.  Two posts from late March 2014 & early April 2014 have been removed as the centre that was all confirmed on the edge of Abidjan; was […]

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Thrown a lifeline! We have a centre!!!

A friend of C.R.E.E.R’s founder handed us a lifeline a fortnight prior to the Founder returning to Cote d’Ivoire. Initially the trip was going to focus on researching trafficking routes across Burkina Faso & Ghana with entry points into Cote d’Ivoire.  However, it ended up being a race to get to Abidjan from Ouagadougou, Burkina […]

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Dreams realised after five days work in Cote d’Ivoire

Arranging a trip to Cote d’Ivoire via Ghana in under a week is not for the faint-hearted, particularly when your visa for Ghana has expired! This is what happened just prior to Easter.  The decision was made by C.R.E.E.R’s board that unless one of the board was on the ground in Cote d’Ivoire, nothing would […]

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Green building materials?

It all got rather exciting today. We found a project for a floating school in Lagos in Nigeria http://ht.ly/hMEpg although this wouldn’t be ideal for land-based C.R.E.E.R it was the start of a trail. It led to an orphanage in South Africa that has been built from shipping containers; which then incited a call to the architects […]

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A, B, C of farming for CREER

A is for avocados, we hope to have a tree or two on the land B is for bananas, which are native to Cote d’Ivoire & will be grown with the expert eye of one of our Ivorian board members.  They contain at least 10 percent of a recommended daily intake of carbohydrate in the form […]

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Our Builder, Frankie & the Drogba connection

Frankie is a force to be reckoned with … he gives as good as he gets! How he’ll get on in Cote d’Ivoire is anyone’s guess, but he’s already ‘au fait’ with Ivorian culture to an extent! He built a house near Marseille for the world famous footballer Didier Drogba, an Ivorian himself.  However, the […]

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