This year, Hoops Care officially became a partner with Adventures in Missions. As a partner we were privilege to receive a team from its World Race Program. The World Race is a stretching journey to serve “the least of these” while amongst real and raw community. This unique mission trip is a challenging adventure for young adults to abandon worldly possessions and a traditional lifestyle in exchange for an understanding that it’s not about you; it’s about the Kingdom.
We received a team comprising of six members which are known as Team Misfits. During their time with us they were involved in numerous of our programs and projects which included but not limited to constructions, health programs, community outreaches, school placements and mentoring.
The team spent a period of one month in Cape Coast, Ghana. They worked closely with the Bless Kiddies School in educational programs and helped in the construction of the new school building.
The Amanful community also benefitted in malaria awareness, child care education, mentoring and home visits of our past beneficiaries.
The impact of the team will go a long way in our goal of eradicating zero malaria related deaths among children in Cape Coast, especially Amanful.
The Project Wisdom train rolled into Ghana with Cape Coast its destination. The train stopped at the Hoops Care International Basketball Court where they were met with members and staff of the organization. A two days program dubbed Nets And Basketball with Project Wisdom was organized.
On the train was Miles Macleod, his wife and students of the Heritage High School.
The visit kicked off with donations comprising of sports equipment and disposable medical supplies. The donation was done on behalf of PW by Ian, a student of Heritage High School. Alfred, the volunteer coordinator of Hoops Care, received it on behalf of the organization and thanked them for their kind support.
HCI later took the team to the Amanful Community in Cape Coast where we run our malaria awareness program. They took a tour of the community lead by Emmanuel Kambleh, the Director of Operation here at HCI. They were told the history of the community and the impact Hoops Care is making in the community. They were also shown the breeding grounds of the mosquitoes which cause malaria. The students asked various questions pertaining to how malaria can be curb in the community. As part of its visit, a donation was made which will enable ten young mothers to receive bed nets in the coming days.
During the tour, three young mothers benefited by having insecticide treated nets hung for they and their babies. It was an eye opener for the young students who realized firsthand the problem the community faces in the fight against malaria.
The next day, March 21, a mini basketball camp was organized by Ian. Students athletes associated with HCI were taken through some basketball basics in the areas of ball handling, balance, shooting, etc. At the end of the camp, there was a scrimmage. The campers were divided into two teams, mainly Team Ian vs. Team Miles.
It was fun as both sides had a great time going at each other.
Project Wisdom also shot some videos interview which will be shown back home in order to share light on our works here at Hoops Care.
We are grateful for the visit and looking forward to welcoming the team once again in the near future.
We conducted a successful health week within Amanful Community here in Cape Coast and some selected schools in the Cape Coast Metropolis with the help of volunteers from Operation Groundswell
The health week lasted from Monday to Friday with each day targeting specific health issues such as healthy eating, malaria awareness, female hygiene, blood pressure test etc.
We also took advantage of the health week to check on the prevailing malaria problem with the community. From the statistics it is important that we not only distribute more nets but also raise funds to register the new born babies over the last three months under the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Wednesday was used to take statistics in the community regarding the malaria pandemic and Thursday some selected young mothers and pregnant teens had bed nets installed for them.
From our statistic taken during the health week on Thursday, One Hundred and Forty-Two (142) were screened: Adults (104, female 86: male 18), Children (38, female 17: male 21)
Number of individuals with health insurance: 46 (Adult 37, female 31: male 6) (children 9, female 3: male 6)
Number of individuals without health insurance: 96 (Adults 67, female 55: male 12)(Children 29, female 14: male 15)
Number of house hold with bed nets: 12 Number of household without bed nets: 53