Helo friends!I (Rebecca) will be heading back to Ghana in two weeks and will update you with lots more pictures and stories about the kids. The Ghana staff said all the children were doing great and they are excited about the summer vacation ahead. They also said the the kids are in good health and are looking forward to the next monthly socialization meeting in June.
In the meantime here are some photos of the children you are supporting!
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This past December we threw a party for all the Light for Children Care & Support kids and their caretakers at the Kumasi Cultural Center. We handed out gifts from volunteers, shared a meal of Jollof rice and chicken, danced and sang songs! It was a great time and everybody had lots of fun!
Thank you for all of your support, donations, and love for the LIFOC children!
If you haven't heard about our newest program, The Education Center, you can read about it here. Please consider making a donation and helping us spread the word!
Thank you very much, Light for Children Staff and Volunteers
Hello Light for Children donors!We would first like to say a big Thank You to every single one of you. Without you Light for Children couldn't continue to do the work we do.
We wanted to let you know of a new project we are embarking on which we are very excited about- our Education Center!
While Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a compulsory subject in Ghana, did you know that many children and youth never get the chance to learn basic computer skills through an actual computer? Our goal is to open a free computer centre for school-children in Kumasi to enable underprivileged Ghanaian students to be connected with our ever-changing, digital world of information.
Our goal is to open a free computer center for schoolchildren in Kumasi where volunteers can teach ICT for all of the 10 cluster schools. The average size of each class is 35 students and each school will be sending 3 classes to attend to our program. The ages of the children participating in the programme span 12 to 15.
Last summer I taught ICT at many schools and it was a real struggle without a computer lab. All 50+ students would huddle around my small laptop and try to see the screen. The students had to copy all notes and diagrams from the board because there were no textbooks. With this new education center more children can learn ICT and be connected to the world around them.
We are looking for monetary donations as well as donations of children's books and PC desktop computers. Please visit our Education Center Global Giving page for more information-
Every summer students from Hong Kong University are invited for a 2 month internship with Light for Children. They head the sexual assault prevention program for the summer. Here is a report by one of the interns on their first week in Ghana.
Working report of first week of internship (June 4, 2012 – June 6, 2012) - by Keyboard Tam
Arrival and settle down (4/6 - 5/6)
After a whole day of flight travel, ten of us students from the University of Hong Kong arrived safely at the airport in Accra, capital of Ghana. We were then led to a hostel and stayed overnight for rest. On Tuesday 5/6, Project coordinator of Light For Children Ghana, Mike sent a van to take us from Accra to Kumasi, the second big city. We met the host family and got to know each other at night.
Orientation and rehearsals (6/6 - 8/6)
On Wednesday, we were introduced about our work in coming two months at the office of Light for Children. The main mission is to deliver a workshop for Ghanaian students on prevention of sexual assault. A script of presentation was given to us for reference and easier preparation work. The flow of workshop was explained in details. We start off with an opening song to tell students their right to control own bodies. The main body consists of four parts, namely definition of personal safety, example of personal safety skills, types of sexual assault and what should be done in case of sexual abuse.
Ten of us were divided into three groups with local university students Rhoda and Adoo joining. After that each group started to present verbally and received comments and suggestions from officials and other groups. The first two times of practice improved our fluency of speech and demonstration. We added our own words to explain the ideas and concept. Real cases were included to enrich our presentation. In the third trial, props were introduced and used to facilitate our role-play. Big slides were held so that students can see our words. A fake hand was used in simulation of role-play of sexual assault. It clearly demonstrated where and how the private parts were touched in a sexual manner but avoided real contact.
Thursday was our second day of rehearsal. We worked hard to engage our audience with questions and interesting role-plays. Our presentation adopts an interactive approach so that we know what students think and we give response to them. Students are encouraged to answer our questions by toffee sweets. Sometimes we would ask the whole class to clap for one when he or she does a brilliant work. Amendments on role-plays were made to stay close with real situations so that students resonated with the cases. For instance in one of the role-plays, a man sexually assaults two schoolgirls after doing them favor. As abusers would prefer to avoid bystanders and witnesses, the script was changed that one of the schoolgirls was sent to buy sweets so another was left alone with the abuser. We made our final refinements on Friday. Rehearsals in morning and afternoon enable us to perform perfectly in real trial on Monday.
Experiencing Ghanaian wedding and funeral (9/6)
The girls went to the 3rd social day of Anwomaso District on Saturday morning. The social day was a package of graduation, fund raising and mass wedding event.
The wedding part was the highlight of the ceremony. All girls got excited about it. Couples dressed in clothes with same patterns and gave their oaths. The pastor offered blessing to all married couples and prayed for all.
In the afternoon, all of us went to a funeral. In an open square hundreds of mourners sat under tents listening to preach and prayers given by priest. We shake hands with the close relatives wearing in red and friends in black clothing. We have experience both happy moments and sad occasion in a single day. The events were valuable chances for experiencing Ghana culture and traditional customs.
Visit to local university (10/6)
Six of us visited a famous local university in Kumasi on Sunday. Adoo led us to walk around in the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The facilities were introduced and we made comparisons with the University of Hong Kong. The campus is much bigger than our college but the residential halls are more crowded than ours. We really appreciate the green environment as all buildings are surrounded by trees. Bird nests could be seen on many trees with kingfisher flying around. Outside the main hall, we learned about how the university was set up by the first president of Ghana in 1952 around the time of independence. It was the second university in Ghana which admits over 20,000 undergraduates last year. Adoo explained the development of science and technology in Ghana with the effect of KNUST. We then discussed about the political regime and social situation in Ghana and also the exchanged ideas on politics. We would visit it again when time allowed in coming weeks since we have seen near half of the place only.
Light for Children's care and support for 50 HIVpositive children is still ongoing. The 50 HIV positive children are still being catered for by LIFOC and therefore needs support in order to boost our morale to do more.
The care and support for the children is put into three headings namely:
a) Anti-Retroviral Therapy treatment for 10 children
b)Nutritional Supplement and
a)Anti-Retroviral Therapy treatment for 10 children
The children needs the ART treatment every month to reduce the activities of the virus.The ART is giving to the children when payment is being made to the two main HIV clinics of Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and Kumasi South Government Hospital, both in Kumasi.This year, we have in mind to cater for the ART therapy for 10 children when we have the support.
The Nutritional aspect of the children's health is as important as the ART and as such the stock of the nutritional supplement was enhanced when we bought boxes of this blood booster(Zincovit).Every month, each of the children was given a pack of this which contains thirty tablets to be taken once a day for thirty days.
Apart from their ART treatment and nutritional supplement,the educational needs of the children is also catered for.Most of the 50 HIV positive children are in school and Light for Children bears these costs.We therefore need support in order to cater for the educational needs of these vulnerable children.The educational needs include the payment of school fees, books and stipends for them to be able to go to school.
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