Sandi Vaessen of the Hackettstown Rotary Club contacted the school bus company in Newton, New Jersey and they agreed to donate a bus that is in good working condition. The cost to ship the bus to Ghana is $6,200 and the Hackettstown Rotary Club raised money for the shipping as well.
The bus was delivered to the dock in Bayonne, NJ and is on board a ship destined to arrive in Ghana in the next two weeks.
In Ghana, the team at Komfo Ankoye Teaching Hospital has confirmed that they have the capacity to maintain and secure the necessary parts for a 2001 Thomas School bus. They will use the bus to transport blind and low-vision patients and their care-takers from rural areas in Central and Northern Ghana to bring them to the hospital for a 2 – 3 day high volume surgical workshops to restore vision and then return them to their home villages.