It has been well over six months since the mothers completed their first training. And since then, a lot of them have been hoping to secure the funding to start up. Unfortunately, they can not raise the funds to start.
In this regards, we are still apealling to donors to please come in and help support this initiative. A lot of young mothers will benefit which will go a long way in them helping their family.
Almost on a daily basis some of them pass through the office inquiring when will they be able to start work again. We always tell them to be patient as we are doing our best to have more funds for the program come through.
Please, donors, this is a project that will help us to minimize hunger and poverty in the community of Amanful.
Thank you for your donation.
The Wheels4Hope Program by Hoops Care International was established to help physically challenged individuals in the community to participate in sporting opportunities. Most of the participants are low income generators and the program also seeks to tackle the inequality between those who have and those who in the program do not.
It has been a serious challenge in getting funds to motivate these athletes as well as have them train and compete. Over the past six months a lot has been achieved with little or no funding.
Currently, the program has had a German volunteer coach who has been working with the athletes in improving their skills. The coach who at the beginning was little knowledgeable about wheelchair basketball, had to do some intensive research online and through youtube to make her better prepare to handle the challenge we place on her. It has been a success since then as she has been able to not only train them but has also been able to raise some funds through her friends and family at home to buy two wheelchairs and spare parts for the current ones.
In November, Hoops Care arranged a friendly match with the tem from Brong Ahfo region here in Ghana. The Seven hours trip saw us taking 22 athletes from Cape Coast to Sunyani. It was most of the athletes first time going far away from home. We spent three days in Sunyani where there were two games played between our male and female teams and theirs. Although we lost both matches, with the male came close, it was evident that the superior wheelchair of the BA team did much in helping them to achieve such a fete. In the end it was a good eye opener to our athletes who has wish since then to be able to also have sports wheelchairs in order to balance the odd in competitions.
The School of Education, Winneba , also invited the Wheels4Hope Athletes to take part in a program which was organize by the final year student with the motive of informing their peers that inability was not disability. A special exhibition match between able students and the W4H athletes was held. All in attendance admire the skill and competitive spirit of our athletes. It was not easy for the students as they got blown away. At the end, those who took part acknowledge the determination of the athletes with disability as they have personally experienced it was not n easy task playing basketball in wheelchairs.
In December the team got an invite to take part in a wheelchair tournament which was held in Nigeria. Unfortunately, we were unable to make the trip as there was no funding to take the 14 athletes and official to Nigeria. We needed to raise about Two Thousand Dollars but came far short of the amount. Nonetheless we are hoping that next year we might be able to make the trip once we start to plan us ahead of time. The athletes also took the time to visit radio stations and talk to the public on their challenges as athletes. They also use the time to call on others like them no to sit at home but also come out for the weekly sports clinic which is held t the Victoria Park on the weekends.
Finally, we were able to get the attention of a journalist who wrote a newspaper article on the program with the caption, Cape Coast athletes using clinical wheelchairs to play sport.
December is the month for giving. One reason could be that it is the end of the year and people seem to look over how they strive and then donate. Others get in the spirit of Christmas thus leading to giving. Whatever the reason is for the jump in giving during the holidays, one thing which Hoops Care International launched was “Gift that saves”
What best way can we give gifts to our community but making sure that it will be a gift that saves life. Therefore, during the Christmas holidays, starting on Christmas day itself we embark on giving life saving mosquito nets to single mothers living in three communities, namely, Amanful, Brofredu and Jejanu, all located on the coastal shores of Cape Coast. A total of 50 bed nets were given mainly to babies who were three months or younger.
Most of the mothers did admit that it was the best gift they have received. Akua, a sixteen year old single mother, who sleeps on the porch of a good Samaritan openly express her joy for finally getting a net. She expressed how she and her two month old babies were vulnerable to mosquito bites.
A short survey during the distribution also brought to our attention a decrease in the rate of mothers taking their children to the clinic for malaria related illness. All the mothers who have previously received bed nets from us stated that they have not been to the hospital except for their normal weighing of their children.
Our goal of zero malaria infection in Amanful is hopefully showing its fruits as we encourage the mothers to continue to make sure that they and their babies sleep under treated bed nets.
NHIS CARDS ARRIVES!!!
After three months of waiting, which is the usual time it takes to process the National Health Insurance Scheme card, it finally arrived in the office. In no time, we had a full house as most of the mothers came in to claim their child/ward cards. Click to see video.
250 children were register in the initial mass registration which took place in the Amanful Community in November. The card is valid for five years to be renewed each year. We are so happy for these children as their mothers no longer have to worry about funds to be able to get good health care for their children.
We would like to take this time to thank all the donors and would be donors of this program as we hope to reach our goal and hopefully increase the number of children under the “Save 1000 Children At Risk of Malaria” Campaign.