Light for Children April 2010 Report

14 June 2010

Written by Yaw Otchere Baffour , LIFOC Director and Rhianydd Griffith, Ex-LIFOC volunteer (rhi@hotmail.com)

Light for Children April 2010 Report

Ghana win kicks off the African World Cup!

Ghanain striker Asamoah Gyan has insisted that Ghana’s victory over Serbia at the World Cup on Sunday will be the catalyst for the rest of the African nations in the tournament. South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria unfortunately all failed to win over the weekend before the Ghanians became the first African team to claim three points as they beat Serbia 1-0!

Gyan’s 84th-minute penalty won the game after Serbian defender Zdravko Kuzmanovic was judged to have handled the ball.  The striker, who plays for Rennes in France, said: “This is the first time the World Cup is being held in Africa so it is a happy moment that an African team have won against a European team. This was for our family here and all our family back home who were expecting it. Not only Ghana but the whole of Africa.”

Midfielder Andre Ayew, son of one of Africa’s acclaimed heroes, Abedi Pele, acknowledged that the win was an important one for the continent but insisted it was three points first and foremost for his country.  He said: “Yes, this is the first time the World Cup has come to Africa and every time an African country plays, the fans get behind them. 
But for us Ghana comes first and not Africa. For us it does not matter whether we are the first African team to beat a European one, we win as a team and it was important for us to win the first match.”

The Serbs, who were making their debut in the tournament, were prepared to concede that Ghana had outplayed them. Defender Branislav Ivanovic said “Ghana deserved to win,” he said. “They created a very difficult situation for us. Ghana has improved a lot in the last year and even without Michael (Essien, who is injured) it is a really good, strong team.”  And for all the protests by Kuzmanovic that it was not a penalty, his fellow defender, Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic, had no quarrels with the decision. He said: “As for the penalty, he touched the ball. We had a few chances, we did not score and were punished. They won and deserved to win.”

It has been said that the Ghana team, that featured former Tottenham (a UK team) player Kevin Prince Boateng in midfield, had dominated play with slick passing movements which only tended to break down with a poor final ball.

The sending-off of Serb defender Aleksandar Lukovic in the 74th minute effectively ended Serbia’s hopes.  Lukovic’s dismissal allowed Ghana, who could end up being England’s opponents in the last 16, to make the most of their superior possession.

Serbia’s next match is on Friday against Germany, who began their tournament by beating Australia 4-0 last night.  Ghana’s next match will be against Australia on Saturday 19th June.

GO GHANA!! Wave that flag!

Light for Children April Activities

Oil and Gas Forum

Light for Children undertook a number of activities during the month of April 2010.The major one was the participation in the Oil and Gas Forum held in Accra, the nation’s capital at the Mensoic Palace Hotel. The purpose of the forum, which had school pupils from across the country participating, was to sensitize the Ghanaian child on the oil and gas find in the country.

The forum was under the auspices of the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs and was funded by UNICEF and Tullow Oil (the UK firm which discovered the oil supplies). Light for Children was privileged to be selected by the Department of Children to represent Ashanti Region with the pupils, and sent a staff as chaperone.

The four day forum which was held from the 11th to 14th April gave the children the opportunity to understand the critical issues concerning the Oil and gas find in the country. It focused on how long the oil had been in existence, the amount of money needed to drill the oil, the revenue that will accrue from the industry and how the revenue can be used to develop the country.

Participating pupils were given certificates and gifts at the end of the forum.

Monthly Socialization Meeting

The monthly socialization meeting of the care and support component of our HIV programme was held as usual on Saturday the 20th of April 2010 at the Kumasi Cultural Centre. The caregivers were sensitized on the rights of the child and parental responsibility.

Yaw, a Director of Light for Children advised the caregivers to live up to their responsibilities in assuring that the children are given the best of care and guidance in order to grow into responsible adults.

A volunteer from Holland by name Claudia who volunteered with the organization for the past three months had her project come to a close.  Her background as a public health nurse offered her the opportunity to work at the HIV clinic at the Kumasi South Hospital in Kumasi.  She enjoyed her work very much and was able to contribute to the running of the clinic. She leaves at the end of May.

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