Hello Light for Children donors!
We would first like to say a big Thank You to every single one of you. Without you Light for Children couldn't continue to do the work we do.
We wanted to let you know of a new project we are embarking on which we are very excited about- our Education Center!
While Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a compulsory subject in Ghana, did you know that many children and youth never get the chance to learn basic computer skills through an actual computer? Our goal is to open a free computer centre for school-children in Kumasi to enable underprivileged Ghanaian students to be connected with our ever-changing, digital world of information.
Our goal is to open a free computer center for schoolchildren in Kumasi where volunteers can teach ICT for all of the 10 cluster schools. The average size of each class is 35 students and each school will be sending 3 classes to attend to our program. The ages of the children participating in the programme span 12 to 15.
Last summer I taught ICT at many schools and it was a real struggle without a computer lab. All 50+ students would huddle around my small laptop and try to see the screen. The students had to copy all notes and diagrams from the board because there were no textbooks. With this new education center more children can learn ICT and be connected to the world around them.
This year, the Educating people on Child Sexual Assault was very successful. In all about fifty Basic schools were visited and the school children were sent through the sexual assault concept and role plays which made the children understood very well. In all, about 4000 pupils were been reached out to. This programme helped those who have been sexually abused before became bold and told us and were given help. We have identified about 12 student who have been abused before come boldly to confess.Those children still get care and support from our outfit and this gesture is highly appreciated by the beneficiaries.
There has been many applications received by schools in other regions to do this sexual assault in their schools but due to our numerical strength in the office and also financial constraints we are unable to meet those demands. One significant thing is the continuous technical support that we get from the Ghana Police Service and Ghana Education Service.
In 2012, about 19university students from Hong Hong, US and UK universities have applied to do their internship with our outfitand this has helped us to broaden our scope and line of activities on this sexual abuse program.In view of this we are making appeal to our donors to come to our aid as our program has reached a nationwide agenda.
We would like to thank you all again as we see the progress, first hand, that you have made happen!
Light for Children believes that all adolescents in the Kumasi Metropolitan should feel empowered to protect themselves against sexual assault. All adolescents should feel comfortable enough to speak freely about past sexual assault experiences, with the confidence that they have a strong community support network.
Currently the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the prevalence of sexual assault on boys and girls under 18 years old is 7% and 14% respectively. This violence can have devastating impact on children inculding risks of lifelong health, social, emotional and cognitive problems.
How we're making change in the Kumasi region:- - Defining child sexual assault - Introducing a new personal safety skill, of protecting oneself from situations that could lead to sexual abuse - Defining “Yes” feelings, “No” feelings, and “Confusing Touch”, and practice how to express such feelings through role-play - Differentiating between the facts and misconceptions relating to child sexual abuse - Facilitating open discussions about issues related to sexual abuse - Engaging school children and faculty together in discussions to create a safe environment for children to seek support and advocacy in the case of sexual assault.
In an impressive four days in January, a group of 10 volunteers reached out to seven schools, 34 classes and over 1,300 children. In total so far we can proudly say that local and international interns and volunteers have educated 2,800 adolescents!!
Six interns from the University of Hong Kong are currently working hard to reach out to even more school children over their two-month stay in Ghana. We'll keep you updated on our progress.
Over half way to our target of 4,000 children!!
From all of us at Light for Children - thank you! In less than a month we had more than 60 people donating more than 5200 US dollars to our Child Sexual Abuse Prevention program.
These workshops will last for 1 year and will start on the 1st of January with the arrival of 11 Hong Kong volunteers lead by Patrick Bostrom. They will stay for 10 days to work with different schools to fight child sexual abuse. In early February Patrick will send out a progress update. If you are eager to find out how everything is moving forward you can always email Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a Merry Christmas!
Sebastian Lindstrom Chairman Light for Children
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