Thank you to you, our donors and supporters, for helping make 2011 an amazing year. We worked on some remarkable projects which would have not been possible without your help. We are looking forward to 2012 to be filled with more learning, loving, and laughing. Please continue to spread the work of Light for Children so we can help as many children as possible. Thank you for your love and support.
Since our last update in April, Light for Children has embarked on many new projects and programs but has been focusing on the sponsorship of HIV positive children in the Ashanti region of Ghana. We would like to share with you the story of twin boys who were able to be helped because of your donation.
Light for Children first encountered twin boys, Edwin and Edward at a rehabilitation center in Kumasi. They were very malnourished, on the verge of death because their health was so fragile. Both boys were found to be HIV positive but were not on any medication. The rehabilitation center contacted Light for Children to see if we could offer any support. A volunteer went to visit the boys and saw just how bad their condition was. We then used a portion of the Global Giving donation to supply Edwin and Edward with the help that they need. The two were put on ART (Anti retroviral therapy) medication and given nutritional supplements to nurse them back to health. We are proud to say now that Edwin and Edward are two thriving and very happy boys. They have gained weight and are regularly taking the medication. At our Light for Children Monthly Socialization Meeting the boys love playing with the volunteers and running around in the grass. They have bright smiles and their caregiver is very thankful for what Light for Children has done.
We would like to thank you for your continued support but urge you that more help is needed. We have identified numerous more vulnerable, HIV positive children in the region who are in desperate need of our help. We would love to help these children but need the financial backing to do so. Light for Children strives to aid children like Edwin and Edward but without your support, the condition and health of these children will continue to decline. Every dollar contributed goes to the medication, education, nutritional supplement, or hospital visits of a vulnerable child. Where ever in the world you may be we hope you join us in the fight against HIV.
Project Report for Ghana: Care & Support for 50 HIV positive Children
The Care & Support – Light For Children Ghana Project was boosted when Global Giving donors committed an amount of 425 dollar as project support funding which we received on February 2011.
The funds were used in three major specific areas that are Anti-retroviral medication nutritional supplement and educational support.
Since survival of these children depend on the regular supply of the medication, payment to this effect was made at the two main HIV clinics of Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and Kumasi South Government Hospital, both in Kumasi. This however enabled the children received their monthly supply of the medicines.
The nutritional aspect of the children 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. 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.
In the objectives of Light For Children ensuring that the children are given the opportunity to have access to educational fund are allocated for this.
This funding however has helped to provide the basic educational needs like books and stipends for them to be able to go to school.
The funds however came at a very opportune time since it ensured the continuity of the project.
The care givers and the children themselves were very happy since there was total improvement in the health status as well as ability to continue with their school.
We are excited remarked some of the children and their care givers.
The Light for Children team is pushing forward in Kumasi. Donations are down and as Mike Owusu, project coordinator, tells me via email: "We are owning the hospital and our stock of drugs has dwindled".
I will coordinate a fundraising push in the second week of December to raise a few 1000 USD so that we can get drugs for the children we support. I hope that you will be able to mobilize friends and family.
Thanks for your support; please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and ideas.
Yours in service,
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