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About the Founder

Gisela Becker was born in Germany and came to the U.S.A. in 1953. She was married to Paul M. Becker, MD, a staff physician at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, from 1958 until his death in 1990. In 1995 Gisela met a young orphan boy from Ghana on a bus in Turkey. She helped his sisters, brother, and grandmother. In 1997 she traveled to Ghana to see them. At that time she observed firsthand the sufferings of the people, especially the children, in that country. When she returned to the U.S.A. Mrs. Becker's aim was to improve the conditions for the people in Ghana. With that goal in mind she started several projects, but she realized that she could not do it alone. Thus SPANCO was founded, giving interested people an opportunity to help. She is convinced that God's blessings will be with all who are willing to help her with this work.


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Franklin, Michigan 48025

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Facts and Figures

Natural hazards in Ghana are dry, dusty, harmattan winds, which occur from January to March. Current environmental issues are severe droughts affecting agricultural activities, deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, water pollution, and inadequate supplies of drinking water.


Work is scarce. The estimated unemployment rate is 50%, and the current inflation rate is 40.5%. The external debt of the country is currently 5.8 billion.


A Prayer for SPANCO Supporters

Spirit of the Living God, Bless the work of our hands, our minds, our hearts. May our work be a reflection of all that is good within us. In dreaming - planning - creating - doing. Grant us courage to patiently listen to the stirring of your presence. Grace us with joyful moments in the midst of our struggles. Keep our spirit alive. Fill us with reverence for one another and gratitude for our diversity. Nourish our spirit with the awareness that together we can accomplish much. May raising the standard of living for the poor, by educating, feeding, and healing, be the fruit of our labor. Amen.

Adapted from a prayer by Sr. Pat Bergen, CSJ