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#GreenAtHeart – US Based Ghanaian Producer Nana Kwabena Supports The Fight Against Sickle Cell

US based Ghanaian producer and DJ, Nana Kwabena Tuffour grew up with sickle cell.

Despite having the sickle cell trait, he pushed and attended the University Of Pennsylvania where he studied Biology and Chemistry which were steps to become a medical doctor and research on sickle cell.

“All the things that make us different are actually our superpowers. When you embrace those differences, its when people respond to it.”

For Kwabena, music and sickle cell are connected.

While growing up in the hospital, he created his own music from the beeps and blips just to drown the noises of the those sounds.

“Music has always been part of my life. If didn’t have sickle cell, I wouldn’t have taken it seriously.”

Kwabena realized that the social stigma behind sickle cell is just as pressing as the disease itself.

He set up a foundation called “AllOneBlood”, a non profit organization that spreads awareness which involves composing mini documentaries featuring musicians who are impacted by the disease and raise funds for people living with the disease.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 1, 2012: John Legend visits Los Angeles Childrens Hopsital.

John Legend visits Los Angeles Childrens Hopsital.

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Inesfly/Ahaban GLF CHPS (Community Health Based Planning & Services) Compound Painting Project

Over the weekend Ahaban GLF joined Inestfly Ghana to paint 10 CHPS (Community Health Based Planning & Services) Compounds within the Greater Accra Region. This was to help the health centres have a better pest free living. We visited all 10 CHPS compounds in groups to paint away. The 10 compounds which the project took place were:
1. Ada Adedetsskope(Ada Foah)
2. Ada Madavunu
3. Ga central ( Anyaa)
4. Ga West (Otsrikomfo)
5. Ga south ( Osofo Lamprey Asuom)
6. Kpong Katamanso (Appolonia city)
7. Ningo Prampram (Nyibgenya)
8. Shai Osudoku (Natriku)
9. Tema Metro ( Manyean)
10. Accra Metro ( Apenkwa)

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After a day’s hardwork, all the CHPS Compounds had a new feel and look to serve the community.

Kudos to Inesfly for spearheading the initiative and all Ahaban volunteers that took part in the project.

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#GreenFacts – Autism In depth (Signs and Symptoms)

Signs of Autism

Before a child turns three, careful observers can see signs of autism. Some children develop normally until 18-24 months old and then stop or lose skills. Signs of an ASD can include:

  • Repeated motions (rocking or spinning)
  • Avoiding eye contact or physical touch
  • Delays in learning to talk
  • Repeating words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Getting upset by minor changes

It’s important to note that these signs can occur in children without ASDs, too.

 

Early Warning Signs: First Year

Even young infants are very social, so it’s possible to detect signs of autism in how babies interact with their world. At this age, a child with an ASD may:

  • Not turn to a mother’s voice
  • Not respond to his own name
  • Not look people in the eye
  • Have no babbling or pointing by age one
  • Not smile or respond to social cues from others

Babies who do not have autism can have these behaviors, too, but it’s best to contact your doctor right away with any concerns.

Early Warning Signs: Year Two

The signs of autism are more noticeable in a child’s second year. While other children are forming their first words and pointing to things they want, a child with autism remains detached. Signs of autism include:

  • No single words by 16 months
  • No pretend games by 18 months
  • No two-word phrases by age 2
  • Loss of language skills
  • No interest when adults point out objects, such as a plane flying overhead

Other Signs and Symptoms

People with autism sometimes may have physical symptoms, including digestive problems such as constipation and sleep problems. Children may have poor coordination of the large muscles used for running and climbing, or the smaller muscles of the hand. About a third of people with autism also have seizures.

 

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#GreenFacts – Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

April is “Autism Awareness Month”  a time to promote awareness, acceptance and attention to those people who are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects the way a person views and interacts with the world around him. Persons with Autism have difficulties in the areas of social interaction, communication and imagination.People with Autism may also experience over or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, taste, smells, light, colors and movement. Due to the nature of the disability, children with Autism benefit greatly from individualized education.

Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

Autism is sometimes understood not to be a disability but rather a different ability and this is because of how incredible some of the kids can perform well on the potentials when they get the necessary skills and training.

Various therapies needed for children with Autism includes;

  1. Speech Therapy
  2. Occupational Therapy
  • ABA Therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis)
  1. Diet Therapy
  2. Sensory Integration Therapy
  3. Music Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  1. Parent-Mediated Therapy
  2. Social Skills Therapy

Autism Centers in Ghana :

1. Autism Awareness, Care and Training Centre (AACT)

Office Location : 39 Royalt Castle Road, Kokomlemle, Accra-Ghana

Telephone : 0303-224-729 / +233-24-432-5919

 

2. AwaaWaa2

Office Location : 39 Royalt Castle Road, Kokomlemle, Accra-Ghana

Telephone : +233-24-432-5919

 

3.HopeSetters Autism Center

Office Location : Golden Age Youth Training Center, Community 7, Tema. Accra-Ghana.

Telephone : +233-24-217-2405 / +233-20-984-5445

 

4. Multikids Inclusive Academy (MKA)

Office Location : Number M3, Adijringano Rd. East Legon

Telephone: 0202966871

 

 

 

 

 

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The Color Spree Journey

These past weeks, Ahaban GLF joined SOF Ghana on their Color Spree Project as the raised awareness on Down Syndrome and Autism.

We visited the Dzorwulu Special School, where we assisted the kids through art and bead making class. With the help of Live FM’s Vanessa Gyan we wrapped it all up with a special treat for the kids.

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We later visited Echoing Hills Village as part of our Autism Awareness Campaign for the month of April. We took the kids through art class in which to bring out their creative skills and later donated some items to them.

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Kudos to SOF Ghana for spearheading the project and big shout outs to  Sincerely Vee, Spoor Life Foundation , Love’s Closet and to our volunteers for the over whelming support.

Join us in October as we move to the Dyslexia Facility in Accra and raise awareness about Dyslexia and make a difference in the lives of the individuals who live with it.

 

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#GreenAtHeart -Ice Cube to Release Clothing Line That Will Support Autism

Ice Cube is branching out into another business venture beyond music, and this time, it’s going to benefit a lot of people who need it. The West Coast rap veteran is teaming up with clothing brand Represent, and they will be releasing a clothing line together that will support the Autism Speaks organization.

The organization is near and dear to Cube, as he reportedly has a family member that is autistic, and is a fan of the work that the organization does for the community. The California native will be dropping an exclusive T-shirt design with the brand, which is inspired by his 1993 hit track, “It Was a Good Day.”

“I’m proud to support the great work that Autism Speaks does, a cause that is so important to me,” Cube said in a statement. “My goal through this campaign is to not only help raise awareness but to also support this great organization’s efforts in promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.”

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#GreenAtHeart – Onga eyes new Guinness World Record with longest feast table

Onga, a seasoning powder and tablet, is seeking to set the pace by attempting to break the Guiness World Record (GWR) for the “Longest Feast Table”.

On the 25th of March 2017, over 3,000 Ghanaians will join the Onga winning table at the Independence Square to celebrate over 10 years of providing quality and tasty meals in different home across the country. Participants will not only be part of the history-making event but also be treated to rich traditional entertainment with free food and drinks for all.

Onga, produced by Promasidor Ghana Limited, is hoping that if the attempt is achieved, will not only position Onga as the record holder but also put Ghana in the Guiness Book of Records as the country holding the world’s record of the longest feast table. Currently Afia International in Saudi Arabia is holding the record of 1508 meters.

Aside breaking the world’s record, the event also offers another opportunity for the brand to give back to the society, as hundreds of children from different orphanages will be fed and given freebies.

 

 

Credit: Gabriel Myers Hansen , www.enewsgh.com

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World Water Day – 22 March

What is World Water Day?

World Water Day is part of a global mission to get safer water for all.

It’s a day for people to learn, get involved and take action.

This is the 24th year, and it’s organised by UN Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

The United Nations organisation sets a theme each year.

What is the theme for 2017?

This year World Water Day’s theme is wastewater.

What’s that?

Wastewater is water that has been used.

This includes water from homes, businesses, industries and institutions.

The term covers everything from sewage and bathwater to washing up water.

This year’s campaign, ‘Why waste water?’, is about reducing and reusing wastewater.

How can I waste less water?

UN Water suggests taking these simple steps –

1. Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth

2. Turn off the tap while washing up or scrubbing vegetables.

3. Put rubbish, oils, chemicals and food in the bin, not down the drain. The dirtier your wastewater, the more energy and money it costs to treat it.

4. Collect used water from your kitchen sink or bath and use it to water your plants

5. You cans also collect and use this water to wash your bike or car.

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#GreenAtHeart : FROM ITALY TO GHANA: Menaye Donkor, on Charity

Former international model, winner of Miss Universe Ghana, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Menaye Donkor established the Menaye School of Hope in 2004 to provide free quality basic education and scholarships to rural children in Agona Asafo, a village community located in the central region of Ghana. The school currently enrolls over 400 students and was founded through the Menaye Charity Organization, which is dedicated to improving the welfare of under privileged children.

On a recent visit to Ghana from Italy, where she lives with her son and husband, professional footballer, Sulley Muntari, Menaye took the opportunity to meet with school administrators and teachers and bring much needed supplies to the school.

“I decided to bring my 18 month son Jamal along with me on my visit to the school as I want to instill and share my passion for service and giving to him even at this young age. I want him to grow up understanding that although we are living a relatively privileged life in Europe, we are Ghanaians and we are Africans and we will always be committed to the people of our motherland no matter where we are in the world”, says Menaye who envisions expanding the Menaye School of Hope to all 10 regions in Ghana and continuing her work with children affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Menaye School of Hope has been personally financed by Menaye since its inception and a portion of proceeds from her new luxury skincare brand, SHE-Y by Menaye which recently launched in Italy and UK will be donated to support the school. The highest grade of shea butter from Ghana and other rare ingredients from the rest of the world are used to create SHE-Y’s unique collection of body creams and body scrubs while maintaining many of the traditional and artisinal processing techniques native to the women of the Northern region of Ghana.

“My love and respect for shea butter stems from childhood. My mother always kept a tub of butter in our home and it was the solution to every problem. As I traveled the world modeling, I carried shea butter with me because of this. Through my SHE-Y brand I want to share some of my secrets to maintaining flawless and ageless skin while also making an impact in communities in Ghana through fair trade practices, employment generation and education,” adds Menaye who has been honored for her commitment of community service by the Chief and elders of Agona Asafo who chose her to be the ‘Nkosuohemaa’ or ‘Development Queen’ of Agona Asafo. Her official stool name for this prestigious title is Nanahemaa Menaye Afumade Afrakoma I, which signifies her global responsibility to her people and her contributions to society.

With the additional support from sales from SHE-Y, there are current plans to expand programming and make improvements at the Menaye School of Hope, including a breakfast club to provide a meal a day for students, supplying new books for the library and building additional school blocks for the nursery and primary students.

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Credit : Gabriel Myers Hansen , www.enewsgh.com

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International Day of Forests – 21st March

2017 Theme: Forests and energy

This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. This year we highlight the importance of wood energy in improving people’s lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.

Wood is a major renewable energy source – Wood provides the world with more energy than solar, hydroelectric or wind power, accounting for roughly 45 percent of current global renewable energy supply (27 percent of total primary energy supply in Africa, 13 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean and 5 percent in Asia and Oceania).

Wood energy powers economic development – Almost 900 million people, mostly in developing countries, are engaged in the wood-energy sector on a part- or full-time basis. Modernizing the wood energy sector can help revitalize rural economies and stimulate enterprise development – greater investment in wood energy production and advanced wood fuels can provide revenue to finance better forest management, more growing forests and more jobs.

Wood and trees contribute to optimal urban living and lower energy bills – Strategically placed trees in urban areas can cool the air by between 2 to 8 degrees C.

Wood energy mitigates climate change and fosters sustainable development – Globally, forests hold an energy content approximately 10 times that of the world’s annual primary energy consumption. They thus have significant potential as renewable resources to meet global energy demand. Forests provide clean air, water and energy. Sustainably managed forests can provide renewable and carbon neutral energy for a greener future.

Forests for energy, now and in a future global green economy – Greater investment in technological innovation and in sustainably managed forests is the key to increasing forests’ role as a major source of renewable energy. In this way, we invest in our sustainable future, in meeting several Sustainable Development Goals and in growing a green economy. Increased areas of sustainably household and community woodlots and the use of clean and efficient wood stoves can give millions more people in developing countries access to cheap, reliable and renewable energy.