It was finally possible to travel to Ghana again without much effort. In addition to meetings with the new management of the Methodist Hospital, the program also included the exchange of information with the head of the social welfare department of the city of Wenchi, and of course the inventory of the state of the day care center after the Corona years. We can still carry out vital function tests in the day care center and offer nutritional advice. Three volunteers take care of the visitors of the center. The building is intact, but popularity has decreased during the Corona period. During our visit we were able to advance 3 things that improve the status of the day care center: First the perception by a large information sign. A positive effect can already be seen shortly after installation. As a result more visitors are coming again to the center again. Then there is the accessibility, on the one hand for information through a private telephone, on the other hand through a transport option by Okada (TucTuc) at a reduced price during opening hours on request.
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The day care center finally got a power connection. In addition, railings and handrails were attached.
We were especially pleased that we were able to drill a well for the facility with the support of Engagement Global and install a tank. We are now independent from the unreliable water supply.
Es konnten weitere Einrichtungsgegenstände angeschafft werden, bzw wurden gespendet, wie Stühle, Pflegebett, Spiele und Fernseher.
Furthermore, there were more wheelchairs and nursing aids to distribute. This also benefited disabled young people.
And there is now a nurse and three helpers who regularly check vital functions. That meets with great interest.
Education of the volunteers
Also a facet of our activities. Introduction in the care of the elderly for local volunteers. conducted as part of the cooperation with Methodist Hospital Wenchi, headed by Cecilia Yeboah.
For the second time, we traveled with our friends Beatrice Remmert and Heini Staub from AWO Kreisverband Wiesbaden Ghana to inform us about the construction progress of the Day care center and to organize further measures concerning the operation of the facility. We succeeded in finding suitable staff as well as in establishing a cooperation with the Methodist Hospital, which supports us in training and operation.
In addition, we were able to hold consultations on health education, as well as training in the correct management of nursing aids.
Last but not least, there was a visit to a physiotherapist in Sunyani, who also has a small workshop for prostheses.
Coordinate with the community nurse Cecilia Yeboah and her nurses on the training of caring relatives and the volunteer staff as well as regulations for the operation of the day.
Also the handling with the walker wants to be learned. Consultations are also held.
Pictures of the building and in the following you can see that we finally hung up our donation tiles from the charity buffet.
Here are the latest picture from the construction place:
After a long time again a few pictures of the construction site: the roof is finished, the interior work has begun. In October / November we set out again to visit to Ghana. Next year there will again be a journey. It is worth to remember: those who are interested feel free to join us. Especially for physiotherapists it provides a unique experience.
On November 8, it was finally time again for a four weeks trip to Ghana. We were accompanied for 10 days by Beatrice Remmert and Wolfgang Stasche from AWO District Association Wiesbaden, to support us in the conceptual design of the project. The program in accordance was well filled with meetings and visits.
In Accra we met the Wenchi District Member of Parliament in the House. He gave us an interesting insight view into development of the country. Also in Accra, we were able to visit a privately operated day care center. Although our approach is slightly different, this encounter confirmed that we are on the right track.
In Wenchi, we were able to get a picture of the building of the day care center and hand over to our enjoyment a regular donation, so that we will able to continue building. Some of the clients could be supplied with rollators, wheel chairs and toilet chairs again.
In addition, two actions were launched, which will serve the educational work among the youth. This is to lectures in schools and an initiative of the Methodist hospital, where the adolescent should be motivate to take care of an old person in their neighborhood. Much to our delight, there was the offer of our companionship to invite one of the Wenchi workers to come to Wiesbaden in summer this year, so they can learn about the care services for seniors here.
Finally there was an encounter with a retired physiotherapist who runs a rehabilitation center with a workshop in Sunyani and was delighted about our work and would like to cooperate with us.