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Ahaban Green Camp – New Horizon Special School

Our first project of the year, Ahaban Green Camp was held on Friday 26th January at New Horizon Special School with Bead Making, Screen Printing and Tie and Dye as part of the activities to be done with some of the kids.

Activities started around 10:00 and we had volunteers divided into two groups in which some were in the beading class and the others in the screen printing and tie and dye class.

The kids were taught how to make customized beads, a sample was done to show them how its made. Four volunteers assisted the kids in making these beads and to their knowledge they were able to produce 20 customized beads.

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The screen printing class which was led by Mr Samuel Wilson, explained to the class how the mesh and other material are been laid on the wood to get a screen for printing. After that he then showed them how to make samples for the screen printing. After tutorials the kids tried their hands on it and produced awesome samples.

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After this we proceeded to the tie and dye session.  The whole ideas of the this was to teach the kids how to tie and dye with T-shirts. We taught them how to mix the acids and colour to get the desired dye. After that each kid was given a piece of cloth to tie into their desired style. The dye was poured onto each tied cloth to achieve the colour. They were assisted by volunteers to tie up the T shirts to produce the final work and we had such beautiful designs and patterns created through the process.

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We like to thank the principal of New Horizon Special School for opening their doors to us to spend time and teach the kids these skills. Big thanks to our awesome volunteers who also made time out of their busy schedules.

Stay tuned for our next Ahaban Green Camp.

Give and Grow!

 

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Christmas On Wheels – Surprise Street Donation

Our third Ahaban Green Christmas event came off last Friday, 15th December. It was dubbed Christmas on Wheels in which we distributed packs of food, water and drinks to less privileged at vantage points in Accra.

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We started off at Accra Mall, made our first stop right by Villagio where we distributed some packs of food. Second stop was at the Airport Junction then we moved to our third stop which was Silver Star Towers, Opeibea. At this location, we were rushed on by the kids for the packs of food we had for them. It felt so heartwarming to see their faces beam up with smiles as soon as they got their packs of food.

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From there we made stops at the rest of the chosen locations and eventually we got to our last stop which was the Kwame Nkrumah Circle. We finished the exercise at around 2pm.

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Special thanks to Yes Chef for donating the packs of food,BBnZ Foundation Ghana, Police Service for rendering us their escort services and last but no least our dedicated volunteers that helped this project come alive.

 

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Ahaban Christmas Cup

On 2nd December 2017 we kicked off our second Ahaban Green Christmas activity  which was dubbed as the “Ahaban Christmas Cup” and held at Gomoa Fetteh. It is an initiative to develop talent and promote education through football. The bus took off from Accra around 7am and due to traffic arrived at Gomoa Fetteh around 10am. The competition kicked off at around 11am.

The tournament was between 4 teams namely :

. Gomoa Soccer for Change F/C

. Tus Marialinden

. Fareeda F/C

. Unity S/C

The players were aged between 9 years to 15 years.

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Gomoa Soccer for Change emerged as the winning team for the second time and took home the prestigious Ahaban Christmas Cup alongside some training accessories.

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Player of the tournament was Peter who won an Academic scholarship from Ahaban GLF.

The tournament finally ended at about 4pm.

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Big shout-outs to our awesome volunteers who mentored and also acted as assistant coaches to the teams during the competition.

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DUSAF’s Health Screening in Luom Community

DUSAF in collaboration with SCAT and some of our volunteers conducted free health screening for the people of Luom community in the Osudoku traditional area, Eastern Region.

The bus took off on Friday at the Osu Salem secondary school exactly 6pm and arrived at our destination around 9:20pm. It was an interesting trip, good interactions between our volunteers and other organization who joined us on the bus.

The next day which was the main program (21st October) started exactly 8am. This time we had the old aged and middle aged partaking in the screening of which children were few.

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We started off by taking their details, moved on to check their BP, proceeded to check for malaria. After they moved on to get their their blood glucose levels checked and then went for consultation with the doctors. Some were given drugs because they were reactive to malaria. Breast screening was done as well for the women.

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During the exercise, the chief of the community and the assembly man came through to see to how things were carried out. We screened about 200 people in total. The program came to an end at 2:00pm.

It was an educative, insightful and fun experience. We would to thank DUSAF for bringing us on board for this exercise and our volunteers that were present at the exercise.

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#GreenAtHeart – Hip Hop Star Lil Jon Constructs Classroom Block In Ghana

American Rapper, Record producer and DJ, Jonathan Smith, popularly known as Lil Jon on Thursday October 12, 2017 commissioned a three unit KG Classroom block with ancillary office and washroom facilities at Abomayaw, a rural community in Asuogyaman district of the Eastern region of Ghana.

The constructed classroom block has ended several years of struggle for conducive learning environment for children in the community.

Kindergarten Children have over the years, studied under trees and a shed. The pupils were sent home whenever it rains.

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Commissioning the fully furnished classroom block, the American Music Icon, Lil Jon, accompanied by his wife, Nicole Smith and Son Nathan Smith explained that he funded the project through Pencils of Promise, an NGO, in Memory and in Honour of his late Mother, Carrie M. Smith whose birthday falls in October.

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Credit: www.starfmonline.com

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Ahaban Mobile Shelter Program 2

The second Ahaban Mobile Shelter Program took place on the 16th September, 2017 at the Ebenezer Presby Church Osu. The program comprised of medical screening, food and clothes donation exercise for a total number of 200 children.

The program started at 10:30am with a health talk on Cervical Cancer by a representative from the Ghana Cervical Cancer Ambassadors. This also included a talk on personal hygiene and hygiene in relation to the environment.

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This was followed by a Malaria Health Screening Session. This had the children going through various stages of the screening process. The details of the children were first recorded, this included their names, height and weight. After this, blood samples from the children were taken. This was to determine their malaria status. As a bonus, vitals of the children were taken to ensure they were not only malaria free but healthy as well.

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Clothes were donated to the kids as well as food, drinks, water and entertainment were provided as well.

The entire event came to end at 5pm.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Golden Heart Foundation, Ghana Cervical Cancer, Mensdo Beverage, Image Paint, Compassion Foundation, Dusaf Foundation, Frozzen Second, Yes Chef and TIC Ghana.

Special thanks to Compassion Foundation and Osu Presby Church for their partnership and providing us with the location for the exercise, The Medical Team for the dedicated services and to all our volunteers that were present.

 

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#GreenAtHeart :- Taylor Swift Makes ‘Very Sizable Donation’ to Houston Food Bank After Hurricane Harvey

Giving back. Taylor Swift is the latest star to step up and lend a helping hand to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

According to the Houston Food Bank, the 27-year-old entertainer donated an unknown, but “sizable” amount of money to aid victims of the devastating storm, which has cost at least 44 people their lives.

“Taylor Swift has generously made a very sizable donation to Houston Food Bank in honor of her mother who graduated from the University of Houston,” the facility wrote of the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer on Facebook on Friday, September 1. “We thank you, Taylor, and we thank everyone for donating to help rebuild our community. #houstonstrong.”

This isn’t the first time Swift has shelled out cash for those in need either. Over the years, she’s donated money to sick fans, victims of the 2016 Tennessee wildfires and the 2008 Iowa flood.

Although the Grammy winner has not commented on the donation herself, she joins a list of charitable celebs that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Tyler Perry, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, and NFL player J.J. Watt.

 

Credits: www.usmagazine.com

 

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Ahaban GLF Mobile Shelter Program

Our first AHABAN MOBILE SHELTER PROGRAM kicked off on 5th August 2017 at Christ The King Parish Church. The program was sorely into Medical Screening(Hepatitis b & Malaria) and food donation exercise.

We had a total number of 61 kids for the medical screening with the help of our awesome medical team. The program started at 9:45 am with an introduction of what the whole exercise is about and word of encouragement to the kids by program coordinator Adwoa Darkoa, then proceeded to an opening prayer by a Priest and finally a short talk by one of the medical assistant.
After all these the screening started in sections, kids went through first section which was checking their pressure, weight and height, moved on to the next section which was taking samples of their blood for hepatitis b and malaria test, moved onto the next to check their sugar level and last but not the least checking their vitals, all these were recorded onto medical slips. After all the tests being taken the final stage was testing the samples to get results for hepatitis b and malaria.

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We got a DJ to entertain the kids through the exercise , food, drinks and cookies  were served to the kids.
We were privileged to have the likes of Eli Kharis and Regina Van-Helvert volunteering alongside with our volunteers. The exercise ended around 2:00pm .

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A big thank you to Christ The King for allowing us use their premises for this exercise. Special thanks to our sponsors, Rese Bakes, Mensdo Bissap , Cuppa Cappuccino, Frozzensecond, Yes Chef and last but not the least our dedicated volunteers that showed up.