Ghana Volunteers Lead Health Walk with Orphans
Projects Abroad volunteers in Ghana have helped to organise a health walk for the members of Osu Children's Home in Accra. The walk was set up in order to raise awareness about the importance of exercising, with an aim to improve overall health and reduce hospital bills.
Tom Davies, the Director of our projects in Ghana, explains, "We did a study and found out that people are complaining about medical bills but when extra exercise is put in, their health status improves and in turn reduces health care costs." This walk is a positive symbol of things to come and our volunteers have set up a keep fit club at the orphanage so that the children can take part in regular exercise.
The staff at the home have expressed great joy at the success of the children's new routine, noting that as well as being beneficial for the youngsters, they are also feeling the difference. Sharron Abbey, head of the Osu Children's Home, says that "since the first exercise event was held we have had less cases of illness being reported and the children's attitudes have changed. They respond more actively to duties."
In order for this initiative to be sustained, Projects Abroad has donated sports equipment to the Osu Children's Home including basketballs, volleyballs and table tennis equipment, as well as helping to refurbish its playing field. The motivation to help the children keep fit has become great and Tom goes on to say, 'we are now looking forward to forming a football team!'
This news story includes references to working in or with orphanages. Find out more about Projects Abroad's current approach to volunteering in orphanages and our focus on community-based care for children.