Hoops Care International

Our mission is to provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, healthy lifestyles, work ethics, commitment, honesty and integrity.
Feb 19, 2013

Gift That Saves

Our staff and volunteer hanging bed nets
Our staff and volunteer hanging bed nets

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.

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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.

Staff and volunteer during "Gift That Saves"
Staff and volunteer during "Gift That Saves"
Nov 30, 2012

250 children benefits from health insurance

Thank you from the children
Thank you from the children

Another impact in the Amanful community due to the magnanimous donations received through the Global Giving web donation platform.

 Hoops Care has successfully helped 250 children to be register under the national health insurance scheme, NHIS. This is a milestone! After series of meetings with the scheme staff in Cape Coast, it was agreed upon that the children can be register without their parents being register first. This was excellent news as it will cost much to have their mothers register before we can o the same for them. Taking advantage of this new development, we decided to pre-register 100 children from the community. It was necessary to be certain that those doing the registration will not attend to less than said number as it is the bench mark to have them do registration outside of the office. By the close of the first day of pre-registration we decided to increase the number to 150 after which we inform the NHIS that we were ready and Tuesday, was given. On that day, the NHIS staff we occupied at a previous registration and had to postpone ours for the next day, the 21st of November. Some mothers did not take this lightly as they had to take their wards away from school for the day to be able to get registered. We talked to them and were able to convince them that the next day it will come on.

 On Wednesday as early as 6am there was already a line in front of our office! We then made available chairs and canopies for them at the community center point. At 9am registration began and you could see the excitement and joy in the mother faces. "I will not have to worry again about hospital bills," said Ama, a mother of three who came to have her children benefit. Due to the large numbers, the exercise continued the next day and we also decide to increase the number of beneficiary to 250!

 At this juncture, we would like to thank all donors for saving so many children. We only ask and plead that you continue to support this project with any little funds you can spare.

 Currently, we are securing bed nets to have these children, some of whom who still do not have. We are also started to meet with the captains of the various malaria clubs in our partner schools for a workshop. A community malaria event is slated for next month as well as sport events in soccer and basketball which is gear towards educating on usage of nets both at home and on sports grounds. Nets are use for basketball hoop and goal posts!

 We will keep you updated on all these events and futures innovations we come up with in the fight to #endmalaria in Ghana.

 Best regards.

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Nov 19, 2012

Thanks for your kind donation

Mothers in the office to pre-register
Mothers in the office to pre-register

On behalf of Hoops Care I would like to take this opportunity to thank all donors, those current and future for believing not only in the organization but also knowing that we will deliver what we set out to do.

 We are very excited that the fundraiser yielded much needed fund to jump the project in saving 1000 children at risk from malaria on its way to achieving its goals.

 I would also seize this opportunity to update you on how your funds are presently been utilize.

 Contact has been made with the Manager of the Health Insurance Scheme regarding how we can better have more beneficiary register under the NHIS. We were glad to know that we will not need to register the mothers first before registering their wards! With this information it means that we can maximize the funds and register more children. With the new regulations we can register 6 children with $15!!!!!

 So we are therefore going for it and presently as of today, we have pre-register the first 150 children to benefit from your donations. We have also purchased mosquito nets which will be given to the first group of registrants until it runs out. Sourcing mosquito nets currently is a challenge as we need about $3000 to get it as wholesale, so currently we can only go for it at retail prices.

 Kindly note that we are executing the programs according to you the donor specification. The workshop and malaria clubs meetings are currently been discuss and we will update you once we have the schedule dates for them.

 Once again thank you for your donation but please note that we still need to cover more children for registration and bed nets. We are still receiving donations through the GG site and the short link remains http://goto.gg/10987

 We are praying that you can become a recurring donor of at least $10 a month which will go a long way in saving a lot of children lives here not only in the communities we work in but in brining up future healthy leaders. The lives we safe can turn out to be someone we love or will safe ours tomorrow.

 Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless You.

Mothers in the office to pre-register
Mothers in the office to pre-register

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