We are glad that we are still striving to save children from malaria in Ghana. This is not an easy issue for us as it now stands. We are short of funding to get the nets in whole sale and is currently relying on retail prices which is not economical due to the low budget we have.
A net is now costing a little over $10 over the counter.
Another issue which has been brought to our attention is that the health insurance cards which we did for over 200 children need renewal. Most of the mothers has approached us asking if we are doing renewal process. The card which is valid for five years is renewable yearly. As a result some of the mother with expired cards ar now turning to traditional remedy, which is not advisable in all cases.
Nonetheless, last month. Eight mothers in Cape Coast were issued insecticide treated nets in the Bakanoo community. Mercy, a mother of two, express her excitement that she had been praying for enough money to get a bed net. She stays close to the Fosu Lagoon, a huge breeding ground for mosquito. She went on, in the night, there is no way one can even sit outdoors for cool breeze when it is hot inside and the burning of mosquito insecticide coils at night when sleeping is giving the children and I block nose and some mornings, headache.
We are still appealing for your continuous support in reducing malaria not only in Ghana but Africa.
From January to April, we have been interacting with some youth from two communities in the Northern Region of Ghana. The two communities, namely Yong and Laligu benefited by receiving soccer balls and some of the children also got fairly used clothes and soccer cleats.
In Yong, a team was established call Yong Stars. This team comprises of young boys 14 years and below. They train on a regular basis during the week and on weekend some of them are added to the amateur team which plays in a league. Some of the boys who have educational lapses were also helped twice a week.
For Laligu community, they did not have any team at all for boys 14 years and under. Therefore, a new team was formed called Conquerors.
After weeks of training, both teams played a home and away soccer match with Yong winning on both occasions.
We are hoping to continue helping them not only build their soccer skills but also develop spiritually and mentally.
Your continuous support is necessary to help these boys build a solid foundation. Please we welcome donations in-kind as well in the form of sports equipment or educational materials.
This year we were fortunate to participate in the 3rd Edition of Hon. Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Association. The tournament took place in Lagos Nigeria from the 16th to the 23rd of February.
Our team comprised of nine (9) male players and three (3) female players who were accompanied by two officials. In the tournament, the female took part in a 3X3 half court tournament.
The male team out of three games, won one and lost two, including a lost to the eventual champions of the tournament.
Although we were able to make the trip but not without difficulties. Firstly, no one or corporate body was able to sponsor the team transportation. Each players had to solicit funding on their own behalves and most of them end up borrowing in order to complete their transportation to Lagos, Nigeria.
There was even complications when they got to the Nigerian border since non had International passport they had to return to the Ghana/Togo border to process some form of permit which they then used to reenter Nigeria.
In all we are very thankful for making our first International splash despite all odds.
The Oluyole Warriors of Oyo State on Saturday emerged champions in the third Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Lagos.
Oluyole defeated Edo team 51-12 in the final decided at the National Stadium, Lagos.
The championship which had teams from five other West African countries, including Ghana and the Republic of Benin
Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, who the competition named after, said that his compassion for the physically challenged in the society inspired his involvement in wheelchair basketball.
'I've compassion for the less privileged in our society. Beyond seeing them from the ambit of pity, they have hidden talents that people need to see and appreciate. I admire strength in their character. Like they say, there is ability in disability. These are special people who by no reason of theirs are physically challenged. We need to lend a helping hand and bring out the best in them"
We want to say a big thank you to him and the Nigerian Wheelchair Basketball Federation for their warm hospitality during the competition.
We urge more support from well wishers to continue to support us at Hoops Care International as we strive to empower of brothers and sisters who are physically challenged.