Volunteer Gordon Pearce’s good-bye party

Written by: Gordon Pearce, Kumasi District Co-Ordinator / Volunteer

On Sunday 22nd July Light for Children staff organised a party for a group of nine vulnerable children from around the Atonsu-Agogo area of Kumasi. Accompanied by LIFOC field staff, volunteers and carers the children played games, sang songs and enjoyed a range of special party food and drink provided by Light for Children’s director Yaw Otchere Baffour and his wife Maria. The young people who were invited to join the fun all came from households where money is very tight and so the chance to go to an event of this kind was a special treat which they would not normally have experienced. As well as being an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment, the party provided a chance for the children to meet other youngsters affected by HIV/AIDS and so reduce the feelings of isolation which can arise from the kinds of difficulties which they have experienced.

Sunday’s party also served as a chance for LIFOC volunteer Gordon Pearce to say goodbye after four very enjoyable months working with the NGO. Gordon returned to England at the end of July along with his girlfriend Lucy Birchenough who came to Ghana for three weeks to see some of the work that Light for Children does in the Ashanti region. Although he will be starting a job in London in September, Gordon hopes to be able to continue supporting Light for Children through fundraising and sponsorship activities.

 

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