Light for Children August/September 09′ Report

November 19, 2009
Light for Children August and September 09’ Report
Written by Rhianydd Griffith, LIFOC volunteer (rhi@hotmail.com)

Football: Ten Man Ghana Wins the Under-20 World Cup with dramatic penalty shoot out
victory over Brazil.

Ghana’s under 20 team, the Black Sattelites, has become the first ever African team to win the Under-20 World Cup. The exhilarating final took place on 16 October in Cairo, Egypt. Ghana, who had Daniel Addo sent off in the first half, produced a fabulous defensive display to deny the Brazillians. The final finished 0-0 after extra-time and both sides had missed two penalties out of the first five to add to the tension in the stadium by sending the game to sudden death. However, Brazil were made to pay when Alex Teixeira’s weak shot was saved and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu scored the winner for Ghana. Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh said it meant “everything” to see his side become the first African team to win the under-20 World Cup. Tetteh said: “It’s something people have to speak about, it’s everything.”

The coach claimed that when the shoot-out was on, he knew his side were going to take the title, even though they initially went behind. “We were well composed and when it went to penalty kicks we were determined because we have come from far, and we were well motivated to win.”

Ghanaians clad in the national colors of red, gold and green celebrated long into the night on Friday as excitement over the team’s victory brought the West African nation to a standstill. Earlier, many football fans had converged in churches hours before the game to
pray for divine intervention.

Ghana’s squad for next year’s World Cup in South Africa will likely include the cream of the adult team, including Chelsea player Michael Essien, as well as some of the brilliant youngsters who sparkled this month in Egypt. The team will no doubt carry both Ghanaian and African expectations on their shoulders as they bid to improve on the quarterfinal places achieved by African countries
Cameroon and Senegal in 1990 and 2002.

August and September Activities for Light for Children

New Arrivals
The 2 and 5 August saw Hong Kong University students Luo Ruoyun, Tam Wing Yin Joanne and Elaine Lee arrive to begin their stay with Light for Children.

On 24 August volunteer Hannah Lehleiter from Germany arrived to stay with the Opoku-Appiah family in Abusi Akuruwa. This is Hannah’s second trip to Ghana, and she is already proficient in the local language and culture. Hannnah’s host family has said she is “just like a Ghanaian” due to her level of integration and assistance around the home! On 1 September Light for Children welcomed Lisa Scarizzi, a Canadian volunteer, who will work at the Mampong Babies Home for 3 months. Annika Nottberg from Sweden joined Lisa at Mampong on 7 September for a 3 week placement.

On 22 September two volunteers from Australia -Tacey Rychter and Gabrielle Maymon also arrived to begin 3 month placements at the Missionaries of Charity orphanage and Catholic Junior Secondary School in Nsuta respectively.

Mobilise Against Malaria (MAM) Project
A training session for volunteers on the MAM Project was held on 6 August. At the session, volunteers were educated on how to sensitize members of their various communities to the need to seek early and prompt treatment when any symptoms or signs of malaria are recognized. Volunteers were trained on how to present their messages to community members through the medium of role play.

On 28 August the MAM community volunteers met at the Light for Children office for a monthly review and submission of their reports.

On 24 September the MAM Project activities continued through the arrangement of Community Radio Centre jingles and talk shows at 3 radio centres. The message that people should seek prompt treatment for malaria was strongly promoted. The theme continued at 2 more centres on 26th.

The MAM project monthly review meeting took place on 30 September at the LIFOC office.

Socialization Meetings
Light for Children’s monthly socialization meetings were held on 15 August and 20 September at the National Cultural Centre. Various volunteers including Mareike and Misaki Asari were present. Some clients helped Misaki Asari (JICA volunteer) to make some beads.

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