Hoops Care International

Our mission is to provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, healthy lifestyles, work ethics, commitment, honesty and integrity.
Feb 10, 2014

Reaching out to the North!!!

A mother with her twins receiving donated net
A mother with her twins receiving donated net

I am glad to inform you that our life saving malaria program has been extended to the Northern region of Ghana. Currently I am in Yong, a village located about one hour drive from the regional capital Tamale. It is a village with a little under 500 in population. Currently about 20 mothers has been identified with babies under three months who are not sleeping under treated bed nets. These mothers will each receive a bed net by the end of next week. There are cultural and customary norms which I have to adhear to as distribution continues. Please follow us on Facebook as the distribution and installation continues.

These mothers place cloth at the door mouth to stop mosquito from entering but which is not a good method. Other mothers spoken told said that they are awaiting the raining season which comes in three months time, by then there is a certain plant which grows that produce a scent offensive to mosquito. Some mothers said the plant smells bad and will not be using it.

In the past, the government did supply nets but they are currently worn out and discarded.

In the coming weeks a malaria awareness program will be carry out and additional nets distributed.

I am currently buying the nets by retail price which is very costly. 

I am therefore appealing to current and new donors to help with substantial amount so that we can be able to reach out to many mothers like these in the surrounding villages.

I have three more months in the North and hope to extend most of our programs in these communities.

Lets join hands in reaching the mark of 1000 children!!!!!

A mother and her baby are now safe at night!!!!
A mother and her baby are now safe at night!!!!
Grandmom now glad for receiving donation!!!
Grandmom now glad for receiving donation!!!
Jan 6, 2014

Conference, donation and a friendly match

Cross Section of conference participation
Cross Section of conference participation

The last quarter of the year was very successful. In October, the second Disability Empowerment Conference took place at the Alberta's Palace Beach Resort. In attendance were over 70 persons with disability including the physically challenged, hearing impairs, visually impairs and those with special needs. The theme of the conference was TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE IT. The conference took two days and the participants were educated on the current Ghana Disability Act, CPR, Healthy eating etc. The second day was reserve for fun games and it was exciting to see persons of various different disabilities compete in checkers, table tennis and other games, including a dance off. At the close of the conference a committee was set up which is to act as an advocacy group. The theme for next year was also chosen which is PWD- Our Rights Our Voice! The conference is jointly organized by Hoops Care International and Janaston Management of the USA.

 

In November, the MP of Cape Coast North, Hon. Barton Oduro, donated 15 wheelchairs to PWD in Cape Coast. Eight of the chairs were reserve for the wheelchair basketball program run by Hoops Care International. The event which took place at the Roman Park in Abura, Cape Coast, saw in attendance over 200 PWD. At the occasion, the MP who is also Deputy Speaker of Parliament stated that he would personally champion the fight for the enactment of the Ghana Disability Act which is to take full effect in 2016. He took the occasion to advice all building contractors to include disability friendly access in their building designs and call on the building inspectors to reject any public building that is not disability friendly.

 

The wheels4hope team, champion by Hoops Care International, played a friendly with their counterpart from the Western Region. In attendance were the MP of Cape Coast North and the Metropolis Chief Executive. The match was the climax of the wheelchair donation by the MP earlier in the day. The game was played at the Hoops Care basketball court at the Victoria Park in Cape Coast. The game was a huge one sided affair as our team showed great improvement as they easily handle their opponent winning 33-2 to the excitement of the crowd in attendance.

 

In December, members of the wheelchair basketball were taken on a trip to Accra to watch the local Black Stars take on the Mali National team. This is in regards to the opportunity which has come their way, which is, some members will have an all expense paid trip to watch the Black Stars in this year world cup in Brazil. How excited we are of another opportunity. 2014 is going to be a great year for our program. We ask that you continue to support us in prayers as well as financial means.

A Red Cross team demonstrates how to do CPR
A Red Cross team demonstrates how to do CPR
Participants during lunch break
Participants during lunch break
Donated wheelchairs by the MP
Donated wheelchairs by the MP
MP giving speech
MP giving speech
Some of the beneficiaries
Some of the beneficiaries
Group photo at end of game!
Group photo at end of game!
Oct 7, 2013

Upcoming Conference, and other development

Wheels4Hope during this year Afahye Basketball
Wheels4Hope during this year Afahye Basketball
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/b31b8cba8fbee4848fe82804e/images/431737_427114874017297_1853662753_n.jpgTogether We Stand:The conference will be held on October 25 and 26 from 8 a.m to 4 p.m . We expecting that we will have at least 60 participants with at least 10 support personnel to assist the individuals.  This year the conference will center around Health and Wellness.  This will include Dental check ups from a Licensed Dentist and Dental Assistant from the USA Volunteer; Nutritional talks from a USA Volunteer; Spritual Wellness from a USA Pastor Volunteer; Hoops Care is partnering with Jonastone Management, USA. There will be a small concernt in the afternoon of the 2nd day to end the conference.
 
   

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