Archive for November, 2007

Light for Children October Update

November 10, 2007

Written by: Jacqui Lowe, Kumasi District Volunteer

KO Methodist School
Presentations continued at KO Methodist School this month. Presentations were given to classes J.S.S. 4,5 and 6, and recap presentation and prizes were awarded to classes.

Home Visits
Light for children visited some children at home at the beggining of October who are infected or affected by HIV. The children and their families were introduced to the new volunteers, and support and advice was given to them.

Presby School
After hearing the Light for Children feature on OTEC fm in September, The Presby School contacted Light for Children with an interest in us visiting them for presentations-discussions were held and October saw the start of these presentations which are going very well.

Vulnerable Child
October saw the case of Abigail addressed. After Light for Children presentations at KO Methodist school last term, Abigail disclosed to her teacher that she was being sexually abused. Light for children handled the issue, taking Abigail to the hospital for testing and providing her with medication. Please see the vulnerable child report in the news blog for more information.

Zoo Visit for Children
The volunteers and staff at Light for Children organised a fun day out at the zoo for children in the area who are HIV positive. A great day was had by all, please see seperate news blog for more information.

Volunteers produced a leaflet for Light for children, highlighting all the aspects of our work. It will be used as to inform schools, potential sponsors, future volunteers and any other relevant group of the wide reaching work which we carry out.

Summer School
Light for Children Volunteers and Staff began preparations for the ‘Ghana Summer School’ for deprived children which is due to be held for the first time next summer. Please see the summer school section for more information.

Charity Registration
Work has began to have Light for Children registered as a charity in the UK. The purpose of this will be to assist ex-volunteers to fundraise on return to the UK, and aid the promotion of the summer school to potential future volunteers.

Outreach Visits
As the beginning of an outreach programme to smaller towns and villages in the area, two Light for children volunteers visited the town of Ensuta to give presenations to a small school in the area. Later on in the month, more volunteers visited the villages of Obo and Adjofou at Lake Bosumtwi, and covered two schools in two days with HIV presentations. We believe whilst it is extremely valuable to reach a wide range of children within the larger city schools, we are also going to be addressing smaller schools in rural areas where HIV/AIDS messages may not be reaching, and priority may not be given to the issue.

Bon Voyage to volunteers
October saw Canadian Volunteers Nathan and Georgia’s departure. They contributed to the project for two months and will be missed.