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Why Kotei?

Kotei is a small village located in the Ejisu-Jaben district, Kumasi, Ghana. The villagers migrated from the north of Ghana, a predominantly muslim part of the country, and settled here to enhance their chances of survival. Osei and Florence were welcomed into the village, which has over 60 children, by the chief, Nana who said he had been praying for them to come.

Clean water was not available at the village and so this was the first priority of Mat To Fore. Since the first well was provided, the government has provided 2 further wells in response to this.


Chris Simmonds, one of the team of architects involved in many of the current projects started by Mat To Fore writes:

'Soon after we started to work with the poor immigrant community of Kotei, Florence Akoto relayed how she had met and got chatting with some of the women on the road. 'We are not living', they said in Twi, 'we are just existing'.

Through the course of our relationship with the village - a little over two years so far - the spirit of the place has been transformed. Where before there was resigned apathy and despair, now there is hope. Manifesting in many ways from small new enterprises springing up in various households, to the completion of a school building started many years ago. To quote one of the villagers, named Samuel - 'If these people are coming from so far away to help us - we must do all we can to help ourselves'.


Florence Akoto was inspired one day while praying for the village of Kotei to organise to take the children to Kumasi's airport. The airport staff were delighted by the idea and pleased even to show the children onto the plane, strap them into the seats and talk to them about aircraft and travel.

For these 30-odd children, many of whom would not have travelled very much beyond their village before this was an absolutely incredible experience. In one simple but profound gesture, Florence brought the distant and daunting into the here-and-now - strengthening the aspirations of children whose future prospects could look so limited.

On returning to the village, Kotei's Nana (Chief) said to Florence - 'Now I know you have come to bring light and life to our community'.