Archive for February, 2011

Light for Children December 2010 Report

February 27, 2011

DECEMBER ACTIVITY REPORT 2010

Written by Mike Owusu (inlawp5@yahoo.com), Light for Children Project Coordinator

A number of activities were carried out in the month of December to round off the year 2010.

During the period relationship with partner institutions and organizations was very cordial and fruitful.

Notable among them were the Kumasi South Hospital (GHS), the Mampong Babies Home, Missionaries of Charity, the Ghana Education service. Others were overseas partners namely Voluntaressor, Hong Kong University, Span Africa and Leap Now.

LIFOC participated in this year’s World AIDS Day celebration in two separate areas. One was the Regional celebration at Foase under the theme “Universal Access-Action Now”. LIFOC mounted a stand and displayed some of its works and materials.

The Traditional Authority of the area were present during the World AIDS Day celebration


Our Japanese volunteer Yukari from JICA putting a ribbon on the regional Minister


The Regional Minister and District Chief Executive were among the dignitaries present


The Security Services were not left out of the celebration


They were also demonstrations on how to wear condoms properly


At Sawua in the Bosomtwi District in Ashanti Region, LIFOC collaborated with SANN a local NGO and the Kumasi South Hospital to undertake Counseling and Testing (C.T) with the community. In all, fifty two (52) persons both men and women were counseled and tested for HIV.

The children participated in an athletic competition at the World AIDS Day activities at Sawua


The school kids were not left out of the celebration at Sawua

The Health workers from Kumasi South Hospital and Yaw Otchere-Baffour doing the CT

There was Weeding Competition for the adults as part of the celebration

The winner of the Weeding Competition being presented with his prizes


Other activities carried out were the presentation of Baby Formula (Lactogen) food to the Mampong Babies Home. It came through some of the volunteers from Voluntaressor Sweden who volunteered at the Home. The presentation was made by the Director and project Co-ordinator of LIFOC to the Second-in-Command of the Home.

The Executive Director and Project Co-ordinator of LIFOC presenting the Lactogen

Some of the children at the Mampong Babies Home

Some of the pictures from the Green Turtle Beach Resort

Mike the Project Co-ordinator resting on a mat on the sandy beach of Green Turtle Beach

 

Some of the paintings at the Kakum National Park


Elephant skull at the Kakum National Park

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Light for Children November 2010 Report

February 4, 2011

Written by Mike Owusu – Development Coordinator:

Light for Children November 2010 Report

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LIFOC opens office at Nsuta

Light For Children has opened a new office at Nsuta in the Sekyere Central District of the Ashanti Region. Since Nsuta and for that matter the district is one of our operational areas, is imperative to have such a facility so as to help us pursue our project effectively.

Some of the projects are teaching at Basic schools, personnel support to the Nsuta Health Clinic and Care and Support for people living with HIV/AIDS to be rolled on very soon.

The month of November 2010 saw a number of activities after some months of review of our programmes.

Four Swedish volunteers arrived to work at the Mampong Babies Home and the Missionary of Charity Home. They volunteered for one week and later undertook a tour of Cape Coast and surrounding areas which is normally part of their package.

The first volunteer from Span Africa a grassroot and volunteer recruiting agency which is our partner arrived on the 31st October and started work on the 2nd of November at the Ramseyer Vocational Institute our partner school.

She was in the person of Denice Wehausen from Dallas in the U.S.A. She taught Food and Nutrition at the school for three weeks.

James Quinlan, a representative of Leap Now a volunteer recruitment organization also arrived in the country to have discussion with officials of LIFOC on the possibility of sending down volunteers to work on a number of our projects.

The Monthly socialization meeting of the LIFOC care and support group came off at the Kumasi Cultural Centre after a short break. At the meeting, James, Yukari the new JICA volunteer from Japan and Denice were introduced to the children and their care givers.

Denice later discussed issues of good nutrition with them. Later she did a practical demonstration of how to use various vegetables and other food items to prepare a nutritional balanced diet for good health.

As part of the visit of James, a tour of project sites were undertaken with the executives of LIFOC and Yukari the JICA volunteer to Mampong and Nsuta which is some of our project towns.

At Mampong Babies Home, the Principal of the Home, took us through the various sections of the facility including the nursery, the babies section and others.

During the visit, a donation of Six Hundred and Ninety four US Dollars ($694.00) was made to the home. The donation came from a previous Swedish volunteer who visited there about two years ago.

A courtesy call was also made to the District Director of Health Services for the Sekyere Central. During the meeting, a number of projects were discussed.

A Farewell Ceremony was held for Denice after her volunteer period at the Ramseyer Institute.