Archive for February, 2007

School HIV Education Programmes

February 7, 2007

Written by: Femke Hendriks (Light for Children Volunteer, Ghana Project-Co-Ordinator)

As past of light for children Gh’s desire to carry out HIV/AIDS education in a number of schools, a programme of activity has been lined up in it’s project area. The objective is to reach as many schools as possible. Secondary it is to help the pupils use the available information to adopt positive live styles. Thirdly it is to help prevent HIV/STI (Sexually Transmitted Illness) infection and teenage pregnancy. In this regard two schools has so far been visited, namely Yaa Achiaa Girls School and Atonsu M/A junior Secondary School.

Yaa Achiaa Girls School

On the 7th and 14th of February 2007 respectively HIV/AIDS/STI education was carried out at this school located in the middle of the city of Kumasi. Before this, arrangements have been made with the school authorities on the timing and contents of the education. The focus of the programmed was on behavior change. Since awareness level of HIV/AIDS is very high, the biggest challenge is behavior change.

The pupils were therefore taken through communication skills, with the help of the Journey of Hope Kit (a behavior change communication tool). The demonstration of the kit, which is more interactive, allows full participation and also helps them pick on the best practices by themselves. Two classes have so far been covered and the rest will be taken care of on weekly basis till the end of the school term. The director of the organization, Yaw Otchere Baffour, and Femke Hendriks, a volunteer from Holland facilitated the sessions.


Atonsu M/A Junior Secondary School

On Friday the 11th of February 2007 the facilitating team of the organization undertook another HIV/AIDS/STI education at the Atonsu M/A Junior Secondary School, at Atonsu a suburb of Kumasi. Earlier, an appointment has been made with the school authorities and arrangement concluded on the day and time.
The pupils who were numbered about 150 were taken through behavior change skills using the Journey of Hope tool. They were taken through the three main modes of prevention of HIV infection. These are abstinence, condom and faithfulness.

They were also made aware of the dangers of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy and its associated problems. After the presentation, pupils resolved to abstain from anything that will put their lives at risk and could spoil their schooling and future. The session was very interactive since it allowed the pupils to participate.


OICI Food Ration

February 3, 2007

Written by: Femke Hendriks (Light for Children Volunteer, Ghana Project-Co-Ordinator)

On Saturday the 3rd of February 2007 the monthly Food Rationing Programme for orphans and vulnerable children as well as people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS took place at chief palace. In all about 100 people turned up for the monthly programme.

Light for children, which has it’s clients enlisted on the program, were there to take their ration. The group’s executives and volunteers were there to give a helping hand.