Last Week in Koforidua

It’s hard to believe that we only have one week left in Koforidua, and less than two weeks until we leave Ghana! Time here has gone by really fast, and our programming in Koforidua is coming to a close.

This week marks our last week running the MDG workshops with the YMCA mentors, and yesterday we also held our program for World AIDS Day here at the YMCA. We had about 100 attendees, mostly students from nearby schools that we had invited. The theme for the day was HIV/AIDS awareness and stigma reduction, and the program included guest speakers, a drama prepared by the YMCA mentors, and activity that showed how quickly the virus can be spread, and of course, lots of singing and dancing. We also had a nurse from Ghana Health Services talk about the ways that HIV/AIDS is contracted, and she offered free testing for all those in attendance. I would have to say the most moving part of the day was the guest speaker living with HIV/AIDS. He talked about his experience and the importance of education and stigma reduction. His talk was hugely powerful, and I think the students learned a lot. Overall the event was a success. It was a great experience working with the mentors, as we worked together to put on this event.

Daniel Ofosu, Eastern Regional Secretary of the YMCA in Ghana, speaking at the World AIDS Day event in Koforidua

Our remaining time in Ghana will be a lot of debriefing and reflecting about the last ten weeks. Personally  I’ve learned so much in my time here. Working here has been such an amazing experience, and we’ve been fortunate to live and work in both Takoradi and Koforidua, and get to meet and work with so many different people.

-Kelly O’Connor, YCI Youth Ambassador, Ghana 2010. Kelly is currently in Ghana on a 10-week project completing her international placement for Humber College’s International Development Program

There is limited space left in the 8 week winter project in Ghana. Click here for more information.

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