The awareness raising day will include cleaning and decorating four separate children's wards for Christmas at the St. Louise Marie Children’s' Hospital in Accra. WUSC will further donate a set of curtain holders to one of the wards. Other activities are also planned by the volunteers that include sharing snacks with the children on admission at the hospital, painting, and decorating cup cakes. There will also be a BBQ following the program in West Legon.
I plan on visiting a selected number of hospitals in my community to preach the gospel and also donate neccessary food items to some number of sick children and adults. And to join a volunteering group in clean up exercise or any other opportunity on Volunteering Day.
I had an experience of engaging in the donation of cloths food stuffs and clothing in the Upper West Region of Ghana specifically Bolgatanga.
Far away in the Upper East region of Ghana, its quite embarrasing to know that children go to school under palm branches and trees and its only 1 pupil teacher that teaches all the classes.
They cannot even boast of study books, school uniforms and enough chairs and tables to sit and study.
In the villages around too common flip flops and dresses are major problems.
We started supporting by giving those villages visited clothes and flip flops but due to their number some fight over them and we could not meet all their needs. We plan on mobilizing funds and learning materials to support and build some classroom blocks for them and provide books and other learning materials to motivate the children to learn hard by January 15 2013.
DEALING WITH THE MENACE OF CHILD LABOR AND ABUSE IN AFRICA
Child abuse poses serious danger and harm to the wellbeing of the society. every time it occurs, a child is abused through brutal torturing, malicious exposure, child trafficking, criminal assault, starvation, street begging and hawking and child prostitution. The profile of child abuse keeps rising and statistics have shown that most incidents of child abuse go unreported . Children are God's gift and blessing and should not be made to surffer or be exposed to willful assault, illtreats, neglets depriving them of survival and growth to become good citizens of the country. some surfer unreasonably severe corporal punishment, children have been dying because of negligence, some girls through reckless relationships and their babies abandoned. every child has the right to quality education and should be compulsory thereby, it should be free at elementary stages, education equips the child with knowledge that are useful in economic and social developent of a country.
I will like to humbly apeal all government in africa, especially Ghana, Nigeria and west africa at large, NGO's and other agencies concerned to insist on total eradication prohibiting human trafficking and child labor labor and abuse.
I do my best to educate both young and old in school and in the streets on the importance of Education to both human, economic and social development.
Thank you for the opportunity. God bless you all.
From ADOKPELA JOHN SUNDAY.
In very deprived communities in upper west region in Ghana, we teach them the benefit of renewable resource in the community and the effect when they are misused.
Could not submit my story earlier due to the fact that, was in a typical village pursuing my volunteer service. I came across a woman who had lost everything through fire. including all her 3 children; in a village called Afiaso (Ashanti region/near New Edubiase in Ghana; console her and let her know that, all is not lost..
From there, l made a 5 kilometre walk on foot, to another village within the same vicinity where l made a personal donation to some school children with some books, uniform and some few footwear. The children were very happy and promised will be there another time.
Am currently back in Accra, the city were am sending this mail.
Thank you for this opportunity and GOD BLESS .
During my final year in the university of Ghana I did a voluntary teaching at Pantang - in the greater accra region. Before the teaching started I did one week of survey to find out what are the immediate needs of the people of Pantang. After going there for a week I noticed most of the children of school going age are home through out the week that I was visiting. When I inquired from their parents they told they didn't have money to send the children to school and they will be glad if the government could assist. As the saying go, prevention is better than cure, I thought this parent are not able to take care of the children because they have too many of them. Most of these parents are either farmers or petty traders. If they have 1-2 children then they wouldn't have too many mouths to feed then the remaining money could be use to buy books and other items required for education especially now that education is subsidised by government. I therefore decided to train them on family planning and contraceptives. I got teaching aid from the nursing department of the university of Ghana and Teshie maternity home. Since I had already gone to see the chief during my first entry to the community, a gong had been beaten to call the people to the community centre which enabled me fixed a day with them. on the 04/02/2010, I did a presentation to the people of Pantang on how to use the female and male condom with practical demonstration, explain to them the various contraceptives available and where and how to get it.
I then asked question and gave time for them to ask question which I answered. Finally, I shared the remaining condoms to the people present at the village centre.
In the year 2000, Ghana went through an election with much fear but when voices arose, and the pounding hearts of angry party faithfuls were spoken to, 'peace' won the election.
From one government to the other, Democracy was given birth to, and human lives became a priority to all election stakeholders. I had lived through all these good days but the future is sometimes not promising though.
It is another election come December 7, 2012. I can hear voices of triumph and failure for power seekers, so do I hear voices of women, children and the vulnerable crying for peace. War songs are being chanted just as in the days of my neighbouring country Ivory Coast.
Why vote to suffer? why elect a lady to lose a brother who would have fend for the family?
I stand for peace, Ghana is my motherland.
Join me sing 'The 2012 Peace Medley to Ghana.'
Inspiring Volunteers International, Inc.
1. HOW IT STARTED
• In the year 2008, Gideon Duodu Ebbah who was then a third year undergraduate student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana returned from an internship in Berlin, Germany with an idea to form a Volunteering Organization that would assist in solving the various problems and challenges facing the Ghanaian communities – especially the less privileged and very poor ones – and the Africa continent at large. His Vision was motivated by how he saw the Germans applied volunteering principles in majority of their services to enhance sustainable development. This idea was ably supported by Matthew Kofi-Ackah Erzoah who was also in the same year at KNUST and on the 9th of September, 2009, this noble organization was founded on the campus of KNUST with the initial name Achievers International Movement (AIM) as group of students to be involved in Volunteering activities. Meck Ebba-Mesu, who was by then graduate of University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana never hesitated in giving intellectual and material support to AIM though he was not on KNUST campus. The association then saw tremendous active participation in its volunteering activities where within a year, over one hundred and twenty students had been registered with the association and participated in its activities. After over one year of successful service, the association was legally registered with the government of Ghana as an official NGO with the new name Inspiring Volunteers International (“Inspiring Volunteers”) and Meck Ebba Mesu appointed as General Manager by the Executive Directors - Gideon Duodu Ebbah and Matthew Kofi-Ackah Erzoah (Deputy)- to expand the volunteer activities on a national scale.
2. WHAT WE STAND FOR
We are committed to contributing to emergency and development support, and volunteerism in the global community. Our vision is a world where overall environmental sustainability is achieved, global poverty is alleviated and human development is appreciated in the global community, with priority to volunteering. And our mission is to tackle crucial social issues hindering the development of people and communities especially in the underdeveloped and developing countries by developing sustainable strategies, embarking on professional, developmental, environmental sustainability and poverty- alleviation projects. Partnering organizations and promoting innovation in order to promote education, peace and development in our dear communities is our main concern.
3. JOURNEY SO FAR: Volunteer Activities Performed or Projects undertaken since 09/09/2009
1) Donation and Clean-up Exercise at Ejisu Government Hospital
We organized a clean-up exercise and donated items such fruits, fruit drinks, biscuits and others to the Ejisu Government Hospital on the 14th of November, 2009. It was the first clean-up of its kind to be done by any organization on the hospital’s premises. This donation came from the pockets of our volunteers with no external support received. The hospital is one of the hospitals serving a lot of rural communities especially the poor ones in the Ashanti region of Ghana and this was our major reason for undertaking this activity in this particular hospital. Our volunteers who were 30 in number for the programme swept and scrubbed the floors, removed cobwebs and mopped the floors. Patients in bed were visited and gift items were afterward presented to the patients and staff of the hospital.
This drew the attention of the media and our activity was aired on many FM stations in Kumasi such as Kessben FM, Love FM, Fox FM, etc. and the Ghanaian Times newspaper publicized our work in its 10th December, 2009 edition.
2) Pupils Mentorship Programme at Bomso JHS
On the 9th of April 2010, the organization successfully organized a mentorship programme at the Bomso JHS to educate and inspire the BECE (Basic Education Certificate Examination) candidates as they prepared to write their examination held on19th to 23rd April, 2010. The pupils were also coached on how to take the right step in the right direction at the right time in their lives in order to be successful in the lives they are living. About 120 pupils were mentored. The programme was successful and much appreciated by the staff and students of the school.
3) Volunteers Training and Grooming
Volunteers were trained at our meeting times and were enhanced in developing volunteer programmes and projects. Successful and active volunteers were given Certificates at the end of their volunteering period in order to compliment their hard work and noble service.
4) Community Forums
As part of our volunteer commitment to strengthening democratic and decentralized governance through civil involvement by widening the decision-making base to ensure greater participation in the development process at community, sub-district and district levels, we have been organizing community forums geared at promoting local democratic debate through extensive community dialogues on relevant developmental topics affecting the local people. An example of our community forums is the recent one organized at Sureso and Oda Kontoamso Communities where there was a dialogue on how Capitation Grants are utilized in the Public Primary School.
1) Radio Discussion programme
As a way of reaching out to larger population and communities, we engage in radio discussions as a way of broadening our community forums and extending our subjects to greater population. For instance, the Velvet Beam 95.1 FM at Asankrangwa, the capital town of the Wassa Amenfi West District in the Western Region has been our station of holding radio discussions over the years.
Our major challenge since we begun operation has been lack of funds and external support in terms of Donors and Philanthropists for the organization, to enhance the motivation of our volunteers and activities of the organization.
I Volunteer for Zawadi Africa Education Fund. The programme operates in four(4) African countries and the United States of America (USA). I work with Teresa at the Ghana office. With my work, I see smiles on people faces each year as girls who never dreamt of College Education in the USA finds themselves in top US Universities. I love my work and I love the fact that we are helping train the next generation of women leaders who will help transform the Continent. Like our saying ''Dada Kwa Dada'', Our students and board live as a family of one with ''Each One, Teaching One''
Collins Owusu Bempah
Zawadi Africa Education Fund, Ghana