LDS Refugees in Grande Bassam

2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (1)At the baptism this morning, the Bishop told us about some members near Grande Bassam who had lost their homes in a horrible rain storm a few weeks ago.  Their roofs caved in and their homes were not livable. The Bishop gave them permission to move into one of the church buildings. There are 6 families living upstairs in the rooms above the church. We drove about 5-10 minutes to go see what was happening there. Pres Binene said that someone from Accra came to visit and to meet with government officials to see if any humanitarian aid could be given.  They are waiting and wondering where to go.  We went to see if we can help move the process along.2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (2)2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (3)The chapel and some classrooms are downstairs.  The 6 families are staying upstairs.2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (4)The sacrament table:2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (5)

Clothing drying outside the chapel:2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (6)2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (7)2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (8)2019-10-26-grande-bassam-ward-refugees-9.jpgA small kitchen:2019-10-26-grande-bassam-ward-refugees-10.jpgOne family had a newborn daughter.2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (13)2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (14)2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (17)2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (18)Here is the baptismal font seen from upstairs:2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (20)2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (24)2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (26)2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (28)I hope we can help send some aid soon.  I’m grateful these good people have a place to stay for now,2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (29)This is the street the church is on.2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (30)

This is a neighboring family’s compound:2019-10-26 Grande-Bassam Ward refugees (19)

Author: Ann Laemmlen Lewis

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