at “Casa Italia” the school ended in September and now in November the lessons have already restarted! Restrictions related to the pandemic are almost completely cancelled and the lessons are now carried out in person. Actually, official Covid-19 data in Ghana have never been so reliable, but the caution of our local representative Simona allowed to overcome this difficult period without children affected.
Children at school are collecting good results and every one of them is going forward in his/her path of personalized growth that adapts the goals to different capabilities and physical conditions. The main purpose is to make the children feel peaceful after the numerous negative experiences that they have lived. With the love of all the staff of the center and with an appropriate psychological support, they can overcome shocks and the children area ready to be included in host families. Our local representative Simona dedicates great efforts in order to follow this delicate phase: during these last years around 50 children have found a new family and are supported at distance.
The daily life of the center is going on and children are engaged not just at school because every one of them has to contribute to different activities of the center. For example, children are learning how to take part in household chores in particular during the meals in order to help each other.
Thanks to your help we can support “Casa Italia” and all the 19 children with disability hosted that now can live a more normal and safe life.
with this report we would like to update all of you about the project that we support with your help in favor of 19 children with a disability in Ghana. Even though the Covid-19 pandemics is going on, the activities of “Casa Italia” have never stopped. This is a letter written by Simona, our local representative that works every day with the children hosted in the center.
“Today V. has asked me if I remembered everything about my childhood. I answered that I don’t remember everything, for example I don’t remember every single thing about my bad past. V. asked me: “don’t you remember or don’t you want to remember because you know that it is bad?”. It is a good question. We have talked about the good people and the villains of history and V. told me that the villains are the people that get rid of children. I’ve answered that here in the center all the children are loved and safe and when they will be adult they can always count on us. We love every single aspect of their personality. We will always be there to listen to their good or bad stories, to overcome every nightmare and to be sure that they will collect positive memories. They must have the certainty that here no one will ever abandon them again.”
Through the words of Simona, we can understand how difficult it is for a lot of the children hosted to face their stories, to believe in their selves and to rebuild their life. Most of them have been abandoned because of their disability, have been abused or have lost their family. Thanks to your support we can help these children ensuring their education and medical care and we can guarantee their right to live in a safe place.
The World Health Organization reports that actually in Ghana there are still 160.028 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1.442 deaths. Our local referent Simona announces: “in the country there’s a lack of official data concerning the spread of coronavirus so it’s very difficult to understand the real number of deaths and confirmed cases due to coronavirus”. Her words in the latest update letter were full of suffering! She told us that one day she saw two children die because they were unable to breathe properly while she was at the hospital for some medical checks.
One of the most relevant problem in the country is the vaccination campaign! The majority of the population still refuses the vaccination because there’s mistrust and suspicion about it. According to the latest census the current population in Ghana exceeds 31,732,127 but unfortunately, actually, there are only 12.511.697 doses administrated.
In the past months the government has imposed several restrictions to reduce the virus circulation as for example the closing of the borders. For this reason, to protect our children health, our local referent has decided to keep the center close for visitors. This choice had a huge impact on donations but our priority is for sure children’s health-care. Actually, the school is open and our children keep going diligently and follow the classes with great interest!
We want to remind you once again the importance of our center for these children! Thanks to your support in our center we daily fight against social exclusion of disabled children in Ghana by providing them education and a safe place to live and grow up in.
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