Light for Children

To contribute to the effective promotion of healthy development for vulnerable children in the Ashanti region and also to raise local and global awareness of their lives. We also strive to engage a global community of young people with the lives of these children, creating a sense of understanding and hope.

Light for Children
PO Box 740
Adum-Kumasi, NA NA
Ghana
+233 202306985
http://lightforchildren.com

Chairman

Sebastian Lindstrom

Management Team

Mike Owusu, Yaw Otchere Baffour, Mike Owusu Gyimah, Atobrah Owusu Emmanuel, Kirsten Litke, Tetteh Cecilia

Board of Directors

Mike Owusu, Sebastian Lindstrom, Yaw Otchere Baffour, Mike Owusu Gyimah, Atobrah Owusu Emmanuel, Kirsten Litke, Tetteh Cecilia

Project Leaders

Sebastian Lindstrom

Mission

To contribute to the effective promotion of healthy development for vulnerable children in the Ashanti region and also to raise local and global awareness of their lives. We also strive to engage a global community of young people with the lives of these children, creating a sense of understanding and hope.

Programs

Child sexual assault: It is estimated that only 10% of the abuse cases are reported, because threat of social stigma. This offense attracts heavy punishment and often the abusers (perpetrators) offer incentives to the families of the abused children to opt out for out of court settlement. Religious leaders, teachers, fathers and cousins are the main perpetrators of this crime and recently step-fathers have become the main focus in the crimes. In response to this Light for Children came out with a project in 2010 named "Preventive Child Sexual Assault Workshop" to reduce the incidence of child abuse cases in the country and to mitigate the effect of this heinous crime. As of July 2012 the program has covered fifty-nine (59) basic schools and seventeen thousand and one hundred (17,100) pupils and students within the Kumasi city. With this project, trained staff and volunteers conduct workshops in schools. The project seeks to create awareness among school children on this menace, educate them on how to prevent themselves from this abuse and eventually to sensitize them on the help lines and support systems that are available for victims who report their ordeals to the appropriate authorities. This project is unique because it has the support of the Ghana Police Service who normally provides technical support and the Ghana Education Service which facilitates the timing and the type of the schools that we conduct the workshop. Moreover, in the workshop, participatory approach is used in conducting it and this emboldens some of the children to come out with some of the sexual advances that they normally encounter from adults. Allied to this is that confessions of the victims are kept secret since the counselors are professionals. Summer School: Despite the fact that basic education in Ghana education is supposed to be free and compulsory, 50% of children from Primary do not reach Junior Secondary School. The average illiteracy level in the region is 40.4%, and as high as 64.7% in poorer areas. The "Ghana Summer School" is a programme providing free summer education for poor children in the Ashanti region. The program commenced in the Summer of 2008 and is still growing strong. Lasting three months, the school will offer core subjects to over 150 children who cannot afford the fees of traditional summer education in the region. They have an unending desire and excitement for learning and come to class every morning ready to learn! Ghana Summer School will be open to children aged 8-16, whether or not they currently attend school, in order to encourage those children who cannot afford formal education to attend. School Health: This program runs concurrently with the Preventive Child Sexual Assault Workshop. It is implemented in partnership with the local health facilities and the Ghana Education Service in deprived communities. It provides health care to school children in their settings. The goal of the School Health Program is to contribute towards promotion of basic education in the deprived communities. The program includes the following: Physical examination and screening of the school children, body mass index measurement, Eye test, Filling of referral forms, Dispensing of common medicines like cream for skin rashes, pain killers, worm expellers, blood boosters, multi vitamins, ORS, cough mixtures, Demonstrating to children the proper way of brushing the teeth, Accompanying children whose conditions are serious to health facilities. HIV Child Care & Support: This program involves forty-three (43) children who have been affected or infected by the HIV pandemic. Sponsors provide funding for anti-retroviral therapy, nutritional supplements and extra food to meet the children special dietary requirement, and support for their educational needs. The children receive monthly home visits and monitored with regards to their health, nutritional status and educational progress.

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