Archive for May, 2011

Light for Children April 2011 Report

May 29, 2011


Light for Children April 2011 Report
Written by Mike Owusu (inlawp5@yahoo.com), Light for Children Project Coordinator

The programmes of Light For Children continued in the month of April with a number of activities. As a part of the preparation toward impending HIV Family Health International project, familiarization visits were made to some of the selected institutions that LIFOC is suppose to work with. The first point of call was at the Wesley principal who is also the patron of the college’s HIV and Peer Educators’ Club. Again the allied communities around the college where our activities in the FHI project would be focused were explored.

From there we also went to the St. Louis Training College one of the partner institutions where they have planned an HIV educational and Know Your Status Campaign. We arranged for counselor and reagents from the Kumasi South Hospital to help conduct the campaign. One hundred students tested to Know Your Status.

The Light For Children monthly socialization meeting was also held. At the meeting two volunteers namely Victoria and Eric who has just arrived participated in the meeting and entertained the children by playing folkloric Swedish music with heir Violin.

A German lady who is in the country to undertake research into the impact of civil society organizations on their communities, as part of her project work a visit to the office of LIFOC to conduct interviews with the staff.

The HIV educational programme at St. Louis Training College.


Eric, a Swedish volunteer, answering questions during the meeting of the students.


The students waiting to be tested to know their HIV status.


Two Swedish volunteers playing violin and singing for children and their caregivers during the socialization meeting.


A German lady interviewing staff of LIFOC.

Light for Children May 2011 Newsletter

May 5, 2011

6th May

The two Swedish volunteers, Erik and Victoria did a drumming and dancing performance at Sawaba, a suburb of Kumasi with Lucas and the Agye Nyame Cultural Group.

Erik and Victoria’s performance with the cultural group at Sawaba.

Other students who danced with Erik and Victoria.

11th May

The staff from LIFOC, Millicent and Yukari embarked on a campaign on the need for people around the office area to do counseling and testing.

Yukari promotes the need for counseling and testing at a hairdressing shop.

20th May
In collaboration with the HIV/AIDS unit of the Kumasi South Hospital, LIFOC staff undertook an activity called “Know your status “at the office .In all thirty five (35) persons were tested. Most of them were from the area in which the office is located. They were mostly hairdressers, dressmakers and shop keepers. Five men and thirty women were involved. Nobody tested positive.

The “Know your status” activity in progress at the office.

Getting tested for HIV

A volunteer from Japan by name Hiroki arrived to undertake a two week voluntary service in HIV. He partnered with the staff to promote safer sex and prevention activities within the Agogo area.

Hiroki and Millicent demonstrating condom use and safer sex practices at a hairdressing shop.

As part of the FHI HIV project, a mapping and selection exercise was undertaken in the allied communities within six tertiary institutions namely; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Mancels Vocational Institute, Wesley College of Education, St. Louis College of Education and University of Education-Kumasi Campus.
In collaboration with the Assemblymen of these areas twenty (20) persons were selected to be trained as peer educators and condom distributors.
The Director of LIFOC attended a meeting on Thursday 26th May at the SSNIT conference Centre in Adum, Kumasi under the auspices of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. It was an interaction with UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
The special Rapporteur, Mr Anand Grover, a renowned lawyer headed a team of lawyers.
The purpose of the mission was to understand the spirit of dialogue, how Ghana endeavours to implement the right to health and its successful realization.
In attendance were other NGO’s in the region.

Light for Children March 2011 Report

May 4, 2011

Light for Children March 2011 Report

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

The month of March saw the arrival of two Swedish volunteers namely Eric and Victoria. The two arrived to voluntary work with Light For Children projects. Victoria who has a musical background is doing a musical internship with a local drumming and dancing group led by one Lucus. Eric who is a political science student plays the violin works with the missionaries of Charity orphanage.

As a part of the FIH HIV project a stake watchers meeting was organized at the Korkdom Hotel in Accra. The meeting which was attended by the director of LIFOC, was to interact with the patrons and peer educators of the various tertiary institutions involved in the project. They later made presentations of the activities.

The Director who is a member of the Child Protection Committee in the Region in charge of advocacy attended a meeting to discuss issues offering the protection of children in the Region.

Other meeting which he attended was the Metropolitan AIDS Committee which he is also a member met to discuss how to formulate plans to address the problems associated with the fight against stigma and discrimination in HIV/AIDS in the Kumasi Metropolis.

Swedish volunteers playing violin and having fun