News From Our Village

Caleb Goes To Kindergarten:
“Finally, I can tag on”, this was the expression on Caleb’s face when he put on his uniform to go to Kindergarten (KG) for the first time. Caleb turned 1-year in May, his birthday was marked with a surprise party which he found very confusing at the beginning. All the other kids were excited about Caleb’s birthday and treated him a bit differently on this day. For his birthday, the ladies from the bakery project also made some cookies, pie, and a lovely cake for Caleb and all kids.
Caleb received many presents which included a new uniform for kindergarten. Going to kindergarten/school with the kids has been a dream for Caleb for a while. He didn’t like it when all the other kids left in the morning for school and he had to be home and wait until they are back. He often waves them goodbye and sometimes cries when they leave but finally, his time has come. He is now able to walk and actively play with other children so KG should be fine.

However, the first day at KG was a bit confusing and tough for him. He had to join other new kids of his age and not the kids from the children’s village. He was not happy and did not want to stay, but his mother was around so he knew he was secured. After almost 3 weeks now, Caleb has learned the new system and knows KG is making new friends and having fun all day. He loves it now and does not need his mother around at KG any longer.

Tree Planting
Intense rains continue to erode our compound, while we continue to plant more grass to check the erosion, we have also started planting more trees to reduce wind speeds and also cool the air on our compound. But planting trees on our compound involves more than digging a hole for the plant, we are required to fence them to prevent our livestock from eating the leaves as they grow. The team of workers, together with all children are involved in our tree planting initiative.
While adults are responsible for planting and fencing the trees, the children have the responsibility of caring for them by watering them every day. Each child has up to 3 trees to care for. Until now we have planted about 20 new trees which also include mango and orange which would have other benefits for the project when they mature.

School Gets Extra Support
LoszuGhana continues to support over 80 children in the old Adwampong community school by offering free school education in the SOS program. The school was taken over by LoszuGhana in 2013 after being abandoned by the government and now has a population of over 90 children and 8 classes including a pre-school section. The covid-19 around the world had its impact on the school project. To ensure kids and teachers are safe in the classroom, there was the need to re-arrange the seating arrangement of the kids in the classroom. This implied increasing the number of the desk so 1-2 children are allowed to occupy a big desk.
Furthermore, the school regularly gets supplies such as sanitizers and tissue papers to maintain hygiene and hand-washing at the school. Until now there is no case of covid-19 infection among the students and teachers at our school.
In addition to hygiene materials, the school also received food items including bags of rice, cooking oil, bags of beans, and other materials to support the school canteen.

Corona Rules Reinforced
The infamous COVID-19 continues to be a threat around the world, in Ghana the total number of active cases has reduced to 1260 as of June 2021.
The government of Ghana started vaccination already in March with a focus on the priority-1 group (mostly older people and public servants in relevant institutions). The government has eased the national corona regulations, church gatherings, funerals, and weeding are allowed but with adherence to the covid-19 protocol.
In our children’s village, there has not been a case of COVID infection until now, but our mothers and other staff have not yet been vaccinated.
As a result, we continue to enforce the existing rules for all members and people who visit us. Visitors are still required to wear a mask at all times and avoid contact with children and mothers as much as possible.
Mothers are required to wear a mask when going grocery shopping or running other errands for the project.
These regulations will continue to exist until all our people are vaccinated before easing upon it.

Next SMW Training
The next session of SMW Vocational training which was scheduled for last May will finally kick off in July.
Screening and selection of participants took longer due to information verification and preparation of accommodation for resident participants from 4 communities within the Bosomtwe district. 5 young ladies have been selected to participate in about 6-8months of hair braiding training while 3 others will get 4 weeks of training in the production of liquid and bar washing soap.

With all training material organised and professional trainers waiting, the only setback is accommodation for some resident participants and their kids. This should be resolved in the next weeks to meet the planned kickoff this month in July.

April Update

New Kid at Project.
We had the opportunity to welcome Rita and her 2months old baby Akosua, to our project in mid-February. Rita and her baby were relocated to our children’s village community due to congested living conditions at the previous orphanage project where she was living with her newly born baby.

The mother and child are presently living with us in one of our family houses and are happy to have more space and better hygienic living conditions. Rita will be participating in our next session of the SMW-Project next month in May to acquire skills in hair braiding and professional manicure.

Support for Non-Resident Kids
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be the world’s top problem. There is no incident of COVID-19 infection at our children’s village until now. However, its consequences are noticeable at our children’s village project. Despite the many challenges, LoszuGhana continues to extend support to 7 non-resident needy children who live with other family members or guardians outside our village community. All 7 non-resident children continue to get educational, material, health insurance, and food support from LoszuGhana. Our non-resident children are currently living with a known member of their extended families or caregiver who has accepted to live with children and provide care and protection.

Kids in JHS
Time flies, they say, George Snr. and Jnr could barely hold pencils to draw or write their names not so long ago, but today the twins have made the next steps in their education and graduated from Primary school to Junior High School (JHS) at Adunku public school (close to the children village project). The two require about 10mins with their bikes to school and have made new friends and classmates in their new school. George Senior’s favorite subject at school is Maths and Junior loves English and spelling words. The two also enjoy the ride to school every morning and never want to miss school.

The rainy days are here again, and it’s time to grow food crops and vegetables to supplement food consumption at our children’s village.

Alongside growing food crops, we are currently preparing our fish ponds to restock them with fishes once the ponds are filled with rainwater again. Since our fish ponds are dependent on rains, we keep and harvest fishes once a year for food consumption at the project.

However, severe rains affect our surroundings, the children’s village continues to battle erosion problems on our compound. Measure taken so far to handle the situation includes grass and tree planting. These measures have proven to be very effective in the last years, and we continue to plant more trees and grasses specifically to reduce the erosion situation at the project.

School Opens again

Our school has made it through the first academic term since reopen in January. After a 10months break in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, restoring the school to normal with regular activities and attendance has not been easy.

Whilst many of the kids are excited to be back after the long break others were still reluctant or trying to get used to the setting of going to school from Monday to Friday. Presently, the school is undergoing infrastructure maintenance including repairing broken desks and tables, replacement of windows and door frames deteriorated by termites, and repair of classroom floor to make the environment conducive for teaching and learning.
Additional measures taken against COVID-19 as also set by the government and the Ghana education service include the installation of handwashing posts with Veronica buckets and hand sanitizers. Kids in the upper classes are also required to wear face-mask during lessons.

Distribution of donations

Finally its goes on!
As reported in advance, the containers arrived and were unloaded at the Children’s Village on 22.11.20. On Sunday afternoon, I made an overview of all the boxes and donations in kind with Mr Bethel, the manager of the LoszuGhana Children Village.
The next 3 weeks in the Children’s Village should be something very special. Click here to read more

Our Village During the Pandemic

The corona pandemic continues to be the world’s biggest problem. In Ghana the total number of cases have exceeded now 48000 with about 320 death cases. 
We are happy to announce that, until now there is no case of corona infection at our Children’s Village. 

Whiles all primary schools remain closed until January 2020 in Ghana, we do our best to reduce the boredom by engaging our children in many activities using the facilities at our compound. As a routine activity, children get 2-3 hours of lessons or other creative activities including painting or craft works on weekdays. They are also involved in other activities such as assisting the adults with baking or buying weekly food items from the local market for the project. Irrespective of the many activities, the kids miss school and their friends and are eager to get back to their regular school. 

For the next coming months, we have intensified our preventive measures. All kids above 5 years and adults are required to wear mask when going outside the village compound. Washing hands and the use of sensitiser continues to be mandatory for all person and our compound is restricted to unauthorised and unnecessary visits. 

For your support, love and interest in the project, we are able to continue to care and protect many needy children by giving them a place they call “home”. Many thanks and stay healthy.

We are happy about our new family members

We had the opportunity to welcome and host Emila and her 2 months old baby at our project. Emilia is 18 and homeless who gave birth to her son on the street of Kejetia under unhygienic conditions.
Her conditions during pregnancy resulted in multiple infections and complications during delivery. Both mother and son had to be admitted in hospital for about 2 months before being discharged and have now relocated to our children’s village project. Emilia and son now live with us and both are healthy and safe. The two will undergo further medical screening in the coming weeks to ensure they are very healthy.

We are able to continue to support many such as Emilia and her son because of your continuous interest and support in our project. Many thanks to you all.

Update-Staying Healthy during the Epidemic

The world continues to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. In Ghana, cases of the virus have gone up within the last few weeks with over 12,000 people infected.
The Ghanaian people are doing well in the fight against this disease; schools remain closed while the government tries to develop new measures to reopen them. The restrictions on social gatherings such as attending church, weddings, mosques and funerals have been eased to allow a restricted number of people.

There have not been any cases of Corona in our village until now, and we continue to follow all the existing necessary precautions since the beginning of the pandemic. There are still strict rules for visitors; only essential visits are allowed, such as the company delivering drinking water, or the carpenter repairing a broken roof. Care-givers are required to use their mask and hand sanitiser when running errands in town for the project and regular hands washing is “compulsory” for all persons at the project.

But the kids miss school and their friends. They often ask when they can go to school again, especially the little ones. While we await the directives of the Ghana Health Services and the Ghana health ministry on measures to undertake when school starts, we are using the current time to improve certain facilities at our school and in the school compound. These improvements include replacement of classroom blackboards, repair of broken desks, and the continued maintenance of the toilet system.

The school has recently started a farming project to produce its own food to support the canteen. All staff at the school are actively involved in the farming activities (weeding, planting maize, etc.) and are responsible for upkeep of the land.

We like to thank you all, for the continuous support during the lockdown period; this support makes it possible for us to care for our kids and mothers during these strange times and keep them safe.