This summer Jess and I are going to Ghana on the 22nd July 2016 for a month to volunteer with a organisation called Volunteer West Africa. Volunteer West Africa is a a non-ideological, non-political, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO). They finance and implement ethical and sustainable development projects in Ghana, West Africa.
We will be volunteering in a Daycare Centre for vulnerable children which provides free education, food, healthcare, family support and social services to children from across the local communities. This programme was opened in 2014, the VWA daycare and nursery centre offers invaluable support to around 70 families. The centre offers free places to children aged between 1-6 and admission to the centre is offered to children with the most critical needs. As well as providing a basic education, the centre provides the children with access to hygienic washing and toilet facilities, clothing, healthcare, family support safe drinking water, nutritious cooked meals, and first aid and medical facilities.
This heart warming programme will allow us to go from meeting the daily care needs of the children, to organising songs, games or activities, to teaching classes or supporting the other staff, to helping develop the nursery environment and resources, to creating promotional campaigns to help raise funds or secure future support for the centre.
We have been set a main project whereby it is our job to enforce a sporting programme for the children. Currently, they do not have a regular weekly sports activity to develop the skills needed to take part in sports as they grow up. Jess and I will put together a programme which takes the children through various skills and games to not only keep fit and have fun, but to develop skills they would not have had the opportunity to do before.
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