Light for Children August Activity Report

September 11, 2012

The month of August saw the departure of two volunteers, Cecilia Skoglund, a Swedish volunteer and Marie Lorans, Danish volunteer who came to have their internship with Light for Children.

The month of August also saw the monthly socialization meeting which was organized on the 25th of August, 2012 at the Cultural Centre. The socialization brought together our caregivers and HIV kids where we interacted with each other and even shared food together and had a nice time.

Also, donations were made to some of the children and the caregivers. Abigail Owusu, received donation from Inner Wheel, from Australia through Catherine Charles, a former volunteer. She was so happy and showed her appreciation by thanking Light for Children for the kind gesture.

Also, Gideon Asamoah and Isaac Boahen received donations from Rhianydd Griffith from the United Kingdom who is also a former volunteer.

Donations were also made to Maria Amoakohene who lost her daughter last year as a start-up capital for her business.

Abigail Owusu receiving her donation from the Executive Director of LIFOC- Yaw Otchere Baffour.

Gideon Asamoah and Isaac Boahen, the two orphans receiving their donation from the Director as their grandmother looks on.

Maria Amoakohene receiving her donation from the Executive Director of LIFOC.

 

 

 

July 2012 Newsletter

August 8, 2012

The month of July saw a few activities for Light for children. The month saw the departure of the eleven Hong Kong university interns who took part in the Preventive Child Sexual Assault workshops in basic schools. The month also saw the arrival of two volunteers from Sweden and Denmark. The Swedish volunteer in the person of Cecilia Skoglund took part in the Preventive Child Sexual Assault workshop in basic schools whiles the Danish volunteer, Marie Lorans did her volunteering at the Kumasi South Hospital Laboratory.

There were two training workshops attended by staff of Light for Children. The first workshop was for management of orphanages (By the Department of Social Welfare). The Department of Social Welfare, Ashanti Region organized a five (5) day workshop on the management of orphanages in the region from the 9th to the 13th of July, 2012. This was attended by the Executive Director of LIFOC, Yaw Otchere Baffour.

The second workshop was on the 12th and 13th July, 2012, for Civil Society/ Community-Based Organizations on the Girl Power Project on the theme “Promoting Equal Rights and Opportunities for girls and Young women” and this was attended by the Field Officer of LIFOC in the person of Millicent Ntriwaah Adjei.

On the 11th of July, 2012, there was the Launch of World Population Day in Kumasi at the Jubilee Park and it was attended by the Legon intern, Rhoda O. Boakye on behalf of LIFOC.

The month also saw the making of Sexual Assault Posters to be sent to schools as gifts for the presentation of the workshop.

The Preventive Child Sexual Assault for the month of July started from the 9th to the 31st.The Tafo group visited schools likeYenyawso Presby JHS and Primary, De-quincy Primary, Rapid Academy International and Blessing International School. The Atonsu group also visited schools including St. Peters J.H.S, Ahinsan Primary A and B, Mother Smith School, New Asafo Primary School and J.H.S, Ahinsan J.H.S, T.I Ahmadiya Primary, and Living Waters Basic School. In all about 1710 school children were reached out to during the month of July.

The volunteers also went to places of interest such as Cape coast castle, Nzulenzu, and Mole National Park in Tamale and the Monkey Sanctuary.

Finally LIFOC had it last evaluation meeting with the HKU interns at the Royal Park Hotel.

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HKU interns making posters.

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A sexual assault workshop at Ahinsan JHS.

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June 2012 Newsletter

July 21, 2012

Hello Light for Children friends, family, and supporters! 
We wanted to first let you know of a new and exciting project we are embarking on- an education center! We are trying to fundraise for the center and need your help! Please consider donating any amount of money. To donate and learn more about the center please click here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/education-center-for-ghanaian-youth/

The month of June was packed with a lot of activities for Light for Children. The month saw the arrival of a Swedish volunteer in the person of Rebecka Rudstrom who came to work a few days at a hospital and later to the Mampong Babies Home to take care of babies. She departed on the 12th of June, 2012.

The month also saw the arrival of eleven (11) Hong Kong University students (HKU) to take part in the Preventive Child Sexual  Assault Workshop in basic schools and also two (2) Ghanaian University students from Legon and KNUST.The eleven HKU students are as follows:

  • Jin Kyung Jeong
  • Carolyn Lee
  • Ishita Desai
  • Ji Hyun Park
  • Hau Yung Yung, Hilary
  • Tam Kin Boen, Keyboard
  • Lee Shing Him, Louis
  • Au Ying Long Patrick
  • Helen Leung
  • Lan Hoang
  • Angel Koh

The two (2) Ghanaian interns were in the persons of Rhoda Oforiwaah Boakye from the University of Ghana, Legon and Addo from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST).

The eleven HKU students and two Ghanaian students were therefore put  into Three(3) groups since the preventive child sexual assault workshop make use of four(4) people in a group. We had the Tafo group as well as the Atonsu group which involves two groups.

The Preventive Child Sexual Assault for the month of June started on the 11th to the 29th and the first group went to schools in and around Tafo and the second and third group visited schools around Atonsu, Esereso, Asafo and Roman Hill.

From the 11th to the 15th of June, the Tafo group visited Happy International, Rockanje JHS, Rockanje Primary, New Tafo M\A JHS respectively. The Atonsu group also visited House of Vision Preparatory school, Esreso JHS DA1, Esreso JHS DA2, Prabon JHS, Mother Smith International School and the Street Children.

Also, on the 18th to the 22nd of June, the Tafo group went to New TafoM/A Primary, ST.Benedict, Osaa Memorial primary, Osaa Memorial JHS and Oniwaa Memorial School. The Atonsu group also went to Esreso primary,AME Zion JHS,Chirapatre SDA,AME Zion primary A and B,AME Zion primary C,Awere Basic school and TI Ahmadiya primary and JHS.

During the last week of June, that is 25th to the 29th, the Tafo group visited Komfo Anokye JHS and primary and Call of Hope school. The Atonsu group also visited ST. Peters primary and Divine Primary school at Esereso. The workshops went on smoothly and about three thousand, two hundred and twenty-eight (3228) students were talked to and educated on sexual abuse.

 

Furthermore, the interns who had interest in the teaching field were being organized and found schools for them to teach. For example, Lan and Helen taught Maths and Science at Macedonia Academy while Louis taught ICT at Golden Rule JHS.Also, Keyboard, Hilary and Patrick taught Science, ICT and Maths respectively at Esreso JHS.

In addition to the above, the month saw the interns visiting places of interest in Kumasi. For instance, they visited the chief palace museum, the Kumasi zoo and the Bobiri forest. They had a nice time and enjoyed themselves very well.

 

The month of June saw the arrival of Sebastian Lindstrom, one of the directors of Light for Children who came on a visit to the orphanages in Kumasi and other villages to gather information on orphanages for Voluntaressor.

The Executive Director and the Project Co-coordinator (management) attended a health forum organized by Coalition of NGOs in health at SSNIT Conference Hall.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Light for Children Educational Exchange

May 26, 2012

We wanted to inform you of a brand new program that was just launched called the Educational Exchange. This is a 15 day trip through Ghana with Light for Children and it incorporated volunteering, cultural learning, language study, tourism and much more. This trip will be over the winter break from university and will be lead by a Light for Children Alumni from Chicago, USA. Please email kuntzr@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions!

 

LiFoC Ghana Educational Exchange Program 2012

GOAL:

The overall goal of the programme is promoting international understanding.

OBJECTIVES:

  • To interact with students in Africa leading to development of understanding of how students in Africa (Ghana) differ from other foreign students.
  • To reduce the fear and prejudices that some foreign students entertain on African people.
  • To enable foreign students to explore and appreciate African culture, educational systems, economy, religion and history.
  • To enhance the ability of foreign students in some of African languages.
  • To promote exchanging of ideas and sharing of information on programmes, services and activities of high schools.

ACADEMIC TRIP

The programme is designed for students in the high school (secondary school) to study abroad at a partner public school in Ghana.

The student will have the opportunity to observe classes of partner school and take part in the extra-curricular activities. The excursion component will enable the student to explore historic sites (forts and castle), the national parliament and some educational institutions. The student including their chaperons will stay in a guest house. The duration is 15days.

(There is a sample itinerary attached)

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL IMMERSION

This programme is designed to enhance the intellectual and social development of the student. The aim of this programme is to immerse the students into diverse culture. The student will stay with the host family throughout the programme.

The programme includes excursion to cultural and historical sites in the country including museums, forts and castles and the slave trade routes. At the weekends, the students together with their host families will observe wedding ceremonies, funeral rites and religious rites. The duration is 15 days. They will interact with the students at special schools in the city.

 

BUDDY

The foreign student will be matched with a partner student (buddy) in a partner public school in Ghana. The foreign student will stay with his /her buddy parent/family (host family).

The student is given the opportunity to attend classes in a partner high school. The visiting students will sturdy Mathematics, Social Skill, history, English language and Basic Science. They will also take part in all extra-curricular activities.

There is optional excursion to the forts and castles, national park and the waterfalls. The duration is 12 weeks

 

Program start dates: 1st and 15th of every month or alternative date specified by the school group

Itinerary

DAY 1

 

Greeting by LiFoC staff at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra – Ghana

 

Arrival meeting

 

Transfer to hostel

 

Snack

 

DAY 2

8:00AM

Breakfast

9:00AM

Visit to Internet cafe to send messages to family and friends on safe arrival

9:30AM

Depart for Kumasi (guide will identify towns and villages on the way)

2:00PM

Lunch during the trip

4:15PM

Arrive in Kumasi and meet host family, traditional Ghanaian dinner

7:30PM

Introductory Twi (the local language) lessons

9:45PM

Journaling / Reflections

 

DAY 3

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:00AM

Cultural “do’s and don’ts”, adjustment and safety issues

8:30AM

Depart for town for drumming and dance lessons, debriefing on the bus

12:30AM

Briefing and giving -out booklet on workshop on child preventive sexual assault in basic schools.

1:00PM

Lunch

2:00PM

Exchange money at Forex bureau

2:15PM

City tour, language teacher will be conducting field lessons during shopping and touring (and throughout the trip).  Use of Twi will be encouraged while making purchases and interacting with people.  Destinations included on the tour:

  • Adum (the commercial center of Kumasi)
  • Central Market, the largest open market in West Africa
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

7:00PM

Return to host family

7:30PM

Dinner

8:30PM

Family time

9:30PM

Journaling / Reflections

 

DAY 4

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

Depart for LiFoC office , debriefing on the bus

9:00AM

Arrive at LiFoC office, overview of and discussion about the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Ghana

10:30AM

Socialize with children who are HIV positive or have been orphaned by AIDS, observe bead-making with the orphans and care-givers at the Art centre.

11:30AM

Students present gifts to the children

12:00AM

Lunch with the children

12:30PM

Depart for school for disabled children

1:00PM

Arrive at school, learn the art of making batik and tie-dye fabric and make this fabric in large quantities for sale to raise money for the orphans (the group will be allowed to keep some of the fabric)

7:30PM

Dinner

8:30PM

Journaling / Reflections

9:30PM

Free time

 

DAY 5

8:00AM

Breakfast

10:30AM

Group discussion with the Exchange partner school in Ghana: “What is the significance of traditional art forms in the preservation of a culture?”  “What is the power of non-verbal communication in cultures of the Diaspora or westerners?” 

Discussions on world political issues (focus on African politics) and on topics specifically relevant to the exchange partner.

1:00PM

Lunch

2:00PM

Visit to the Manhyia chief palace (this palace is UNESCO world heritage site)

4:00PM

Rehearsal for the school workshop

6: 00PM

Transfer to host family

7:00PM

Dinner

8:00-10:00PM

Self-structured

10:00PM

Bed

 

DAY 6

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

Final rehearsal for the school workshop

10:00AM

Depart for Bonwire (debriefing in the bus)

11:00AM

Arrive in Bonwire.  Bonwire is said to be the village where Kente was born in Ghana. Kente is a rich hand-woven fabric.

11.30AM      

History of Bonwire and Kente, and storytelling

12:30AM

Observation of Kente weaving

1:30PM

Lunch

2:30PM

Depart for Ntonso for observation of design and manufacturing of Adinkra cloth (traditional design)

4:30PM

Depart for Awhiaa to visit the wood carving centre where masks and famous Asante stools are carved

5:30PM

Transfer to host family

7:00PM

Dinner

8:00PM  

Discussion: “The Effects of Colonialism on African Spirituality and Religion

10:00PM

Bed

 

DAY 7

7:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM

Debriefing

9:00 AM

Depart for Nsuta.  In this village very little English is spoken. The group will test their ability to communicate with the Twi that they’ve learned. Staff members will assist with mandatory communication.

12:00AM

Transfer to host family

1:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM

Hanging-out with host family

3:00 PM

Observe methods of preparing traditional food over an open fire

6:00 PM

Dinner

7:00 PM

Storytelling and night games with the children.

10:00PM

Bed

 

DAY 8

7:00AM

Join the boys and girls fetch water from a well. 

  • The group will go and get water from the local well for their bathing and cooking for the day. The well is about ½ mile away from the house. They will be instructed in how to successfully carry water on their heads from the well to the house. The amount of water will serve the entire house, not just each individual.

7:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

School workshop at the basic schools

12:00AM

Visit to local high school to observe classes

1:00PM

Presentation of Gifts (school supplies, funding, etc.)

1:30PM

Lunch

3:00PM

Football match between the local high school and the group

7:00PM

Dinner

8:00PM

Discussion: “Living From the Land

  • Group members will engage in a discussion with local youth about what it is to live in an agricultural community. How are responsibilities shared? How does it affect one’s lifestyle? What are the economic implications?

10:00PM

Bed

DAY  9

7:30AM

Breakfast

9:00AM

School workshop at Mampong government cluster of schools

10:00AM

Depart for Kintampo(debriefing in the bus)

1:00PM

Lunch

2:00PM

Tour and showering at Kintampo Waterfalls

3:00PM

Depart to Boabeng-Fema Monkey Sanctuary

4:00PM

Tour of the monkey sanctuary

5:00PM

Departure for Kumasi

7:00PM

Arrive in Kumasi

7:30PM

Dinner

8:30PM

Journaling /Essay assignment /Reflection

10:00PM

Bed

DAY 10

7:30AM

 Breakfast

8:30AM

Debriefing

9:00AM

School (classes) observation at the leading high school in the city

11:00AM

Hanging-out at the lake Bosuntwi (the largest natural lake in Ghana encircled by 18 villages)

1:00AM

LUNCH

4:00AM

Transfer to host family

5:00AM

Hanging-out with host family

7:00PM

Dinner dance (farewell party)

10:00PM

Bed

 

Day 12

6:30AM

Depart for Cape Coast

8:00AM

Stop for breakfast

10:30AM

Arrive at hostel in Cape Coast

11:00AM

Discussion

12:00AM

Lunch

12:45AM

Depart for Kakum Forest Canopy Walk

1:15PM

Arrive at Kakum Forest

  • Kakum Forest has one of the few remaining canopy walks in the world. The bridges overlook Kakum Forest and its wildlife. The walks, hanging over 100m in the air may test the bravery of the group, as they cross 7 bridges total.

4:00PM

Depart Kakum for tour and shopping in Cape Coast

  • Cape Coast, formerly known as the Gold Coast, used to be the capital city of Ghana

7: 30PM

Dinner at a local restaurant

8:30PM

Return to hostel

9:00PM

Journaling / Reflection

 

Day 13

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

Depart for Elmina Castle, debriefing on the bus

9:00AM

Tour Elmina Castle and Slave Dungeons

12:00AM

Lunch and Discussion: “The Mid-Atlantic Slave Trade: The onset, the effects on West Africa and the enslaved.

1:30PM

Go to Cape Coast Castle

2:00PM

Arrive at Cape Coast Castle and tour Castle

  • Group will participate in a healing ritual, naming our ancestors known and unknown.
    Cape Coast Castle has, like Elmina, a “door of no return,” but also a “door of return”. Group members will participate in a ritual of returning through the door, bringing with them their ancestors who have been displaced.

4:30PM

Depart for hostel

5:00PM

Dialogue with school children from one of the leading high school in cape coast :“The Responsibilities of Children in the Contemporary World.

7:00PM

Dinner

8:00PM

Depart for Accra

10:00PM

Arrive in Accra

DAY 14

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

City tour destinations on the tour will include:

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Pan-African Affairs
  • Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Museum
  • Independence Square
  • Art Centre for shopping
  • Observation of a Ghana parliament session
  • Beach
  • Accra’s commercial areas

During the tour, lunch will be taken at Lebanon Club

5:30PM

Return from Accra tour

DAY 15

7:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM

Journaling / Reflection

9:00AM

Debriefing

9:30AM

Discussion: “What Did You Bring with You?” “What Will You Take With You?” “How will this experience impact your interactions when you return home?

11:30AM

Formal goodbyes to LiFoC staff and exchange of pleasantries

12:00AM

Lunch

1:00PM

Last Shopping Trip

4:00PM

Depart for airport

6:00PM

Dinner at the food court of the airport

9:00PM

Depart


  • FEE:  1,500 USD per Head
  • What fee covers?
  • What fee does not cover:
  1. Airport meeting and hotel transfer for the first night of arrival.
    Air-conditioned Transportation throughout your stay in Ghana.
  2. Three (3) time’s daily local and international meal ,home-stay and hotel accommodation Free internet service in our office, Donation to project, Orientation, placement, assistance and adjustment, program and volunteer co-ordination/ staff support
  3.  Escort to the airport after Program. LiFoC shall present a letter of recommendation and certificate to participants after Program.
  4. Transportation, food and hotel accommodation during tours.
  1. Money for smoking /drinks and clubbing
  2. Air ticket
  3. Buying gifts/souvenirs for friends and family members back home.
  4. Insurance or lost of baggage

THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECTED TO CHANGES

January and February Monthly Report

May 7, 2012

Light for Children had the following activities for the months of January and February, 2012.

For the month of January, LIFOC had its maiden socialization meeting at the Cultural Centre on the 28th of January, 2012 to meet its caregivers and children. The caregivers received their monthly allowances and blood booster (zincovit) for the children.

The month of January also saw the arrival of two Swedish volunteers by name Sara and Malin who did their volunteering at the Mampong Babies Home from the 10th to the 17th of January, 2012.

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The month of February saw the arrival of one volunteer from Sweden in the person of Sandra Jonsson who arrived on the 5th of February, 2012.She was sent to the Mampong Babies Home to have her volunteering work there.

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There was a group work discussion on a one-day sensitization workshop on decentralization reforms and district development facility for civil society actors on the 17th of February,2012 at the Miklin Hotel.

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On Saturday, the 18th of February, 2012, Light for Children organized a Health Program me at Amankwadei, a small village in the Ashanti Region where Josh Poshen and a nurse from Nsuta did the administration of drugs. People were diagnosed of their diseases and medicines were given to them.

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Finally, the socialization meeting for February was organized on the 25th to meet the caregivers and the children at the Cultural Centre.

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December 2011 Newsletter

January 20, 2012

The following were the activities of Light for Children for the month of December, 2011.

First and foremost, Light for Children participated in the World Aids Day held at Obuasi on the 1st of December, 2011.Red Ribbons were been made by us to be distributed among participants of the World Aids Day.

Secondly, there was an ICASA meeting which was an HIV Conference organized in Ethiopia on the 4th to the 8th of December, 2011.This was attended by the Project Coordinator, Mike Owusu Gyimah and Yukari Karai, the Japanese volunteer from Light for Children. This was sponsored by JICA.

Finally, there was our monthly socialization which was held on Saturday, the 24th of December, 2011 in the morning at the Cultural Centre. The caregivers who attended the meeting were given their medicines and allowance for the month.

Mike, (middle) the Project Coordinator of LIFOC at the ICASA meeting.

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2011

November 2011 Activity Report

December 16, 2011

The month of November saw a few activities for Light for Children. They were HIV Counseling and Testing and Peer Educators meeting.

HIV Counseling and Testing

A session of participant being counseled and tested.

 

The month of November saw 7 major HIV Counseling and Testing. The first one was held on the 16th of November, 2011 at Ashanti New Town where 90 people were tested and out of this, 3 people were reactive.

The second and third one were organized on the 17th  and 18th November, 2011 at New Tafo.On the 17th, 94 people were  tested and 4 people were reactive whiles on the 18th of November,109 people were tested and 8 people were reactive.

Another one was organized on the 19th of November, 2011 at Oduom where 101 people were tested and 8 people were reactive. There was another counseling and testing at Gyinyase on the 23rd and 25th of November, 2011.On the 23rd, 100 people were tested and 2 people were reactive.Also on the 25th, 101 people were tested and 5 people were reactive.

The last one was organized on the 30th of November at Ayigya where 100 people were tested and 3 people were reactive.

 

Peer Educators Meeting

A group of peer educators at the meeting.

The month of November also saw Peer Educators meeting on the 28th.This took place at the office premises where many pressing issues were discussed. The Peer Educators also submitted their reports and were also refreshed at the close of the meeting.

October 2011 Report

November 30, 2011

The month of October saw a number of activities for Light for Children. In the first place, the month saw the arrival of Ayse Nur Ozcan, a Turkish volunteer who resides in the UK.She took part in the Sexual Assault Preventive Workshop held in the Primary and First Cycle Schools. She also taught ICT at the Atonsu MA JHS B where the office was used for ICT practicals by making use of the internet facility.

On the 5th of October, there was a School Health Programme at Atonsu MA JHS B where 100 people were attended to and medicines were given to them. This was sponsored by Joshua Poshen, a Canadian volunteer for Light for Children. The Headmistress of the school was very much appreciative.

Also, there was FHI review meeting on the 11th to the 14th of October, 2011 where the project and its implementation were reviewed. It was attended by the Director, the Project Coordinator and the Accountant.

There was HIV counseling and testing at four sites in Asafo on the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd of October, where 459 people were tested for HIV. Out of the number, 9 people tested positive. Another CT was organized at Ayigya on the 27th and 102 people were tested while 1 person tested positive.

The month of October came to an end with two meetings. The first one was the 2nd stakeholders meeting on FHI/GAC Youth out of school programme on Friday, the 28th of October, 2011 at the KMA Conference hall. The last one was the Peer Educators meeting which was organized at the office`s premises on Monday, the 31st of October, 2011.

At the stakeholders meeting, many issues were discussed. Top among them include:

a)     Counseling and Testing

LIFOC had CT in different communities and tested about 1,342 people. Those tested positive were reffered to hospitals to get re-tested. It has been our goal to achieve 3,000 people by December, 2011.

b) Peer Educators Performance

The peer educator’s performances were also reviewed. It was seen that their work has been tremendous so far and were congratulated.

c) Condom Sales

Condom sales according to the peer educators have not been easy as people wanted to get them free.In all about 22,176 condoms have been sold.

The month of October also saw LIFOC`s Socialization at the Cultural Centre on the 29th of October, 2011. We had some German volunteers as visitors. Also, donations were made to two children of the group who has been sponsored by our Turkish volunteer Ayshe`s brother.The other one was Inger Brattner from Sweden. The two children were Yaw Asante and Traceybel who received 500 Euros each.Ilham Shakibu also received 500 Euros. There were also donations to Mavis and Mabel Mensah to the tune of 600 Euros each.

Ayse is teaching a student how to sign up for yahoo e-mail address.

Counseling and Testing at Moon Light.

 

All stakeholders and our Executive Director, Mr. Yaw, Mr. Mike, (Project Coordinator) and Mr. James (Accountant)

Yaw Asante receiving his donation from the Director of LIFOC.

LifoC September Report

October 18, 2011

The month of September saw a few activities for LIFOC which include:
a) Summer school completion
b) Peer Educator`s meeting
c) Visitation
d) HIV Testing and Counseling
e) Sexual Assault Prevention Program

 
a) Summer School Completion
The summer school program me which started at the early part of August came to an end at the beginning of September where Rachael Beach taught English and Integrated Science, Justice Appau taught Maths and Rebecca Kuntz taught ICT and Basic Design and Technology.

 
b) Peer Educator`s meeting
The month of September also saw two Peer Educator`s meeting on Wednesday the 7th and Friday the 30th of September. The meeting took place at the office`s premises where many pressing issues were discussed. The Peer Educators also submitted their reports and were also refreshed at the close of the meeting.

The Peer Educators at the meeting

c) Visitation

The month of September also saw a number of visitations. In the first place, Sayuri Nakatsuka, a Japanese lady came to visit us to discuss how best we can come together to bring volunteers from Japan. Secondly, on the 13th of September, two Swedish Volunteers came on a visit. They were Maria Moller and Sara Hansson.

Sayuri, the Japanese volunteer in a discussion with LIFOC staff.

Also, one Japanese Volunteer from Gabon, Sachiko Miyake, an HIV controller and also a JICA volunteer came to visit us.

Sakyiko, JICA volunteer in a discussion with the Director of LIFOC

On 15th September, two FHI officers also came to the office for monitoring. They went through the Peer Educators report sheets.

d) HIV Testing and Counseling

The month of September saw three major HIVtesing and counseling at Asuoyeboah on the 21st, 23rd and 27th of September. The first counseling and testing had 100 people being tested in the community of Asuoyeboah. The second one had again 99 people being tested for HIV. So in all 335 people were tested for HIV with 9 people testing positive. Again 576 male condoms were sold out in the communities.

LIFOC organizing Counseling and testing.

Blood pressure screenings

e) Sexual Assault Prevention Programme

The month also had 5 different sections of Child Sexual Assault Prevention Program me. On Thursday, the 22nd September, 2011, there was a prevention sexual Assault workshop at Chirapatre Primary B and talked to about 80 people. On the 23rd, another one was organized at Chirapatre Primary A where about 150 children were talked to. Furthermore, there was one held at Prabon JHS 1, 2 and 3 where about 60 people were talked to. On Wednesday, 28th of September, there was one organized at Anglican JHS B, where 90 students were educated. Also, on Thursday and Friday i.e. the 29th and 30th of September, there were sexual Assault program at Anglican JHS A where about 170 people were talked to and Chirapatre JHS where 200 people were talked to respectively.


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