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Join Humanitarian Aid Foundation for the Aid for African Children Fundraising. At the event will be Ghanaian food, African drumming and dance, souvenirs from Africa and a slide show of work being done right now to improve the lives of children and communities impoverished in Ghana, West Africa.
The event is a fundraiser to support Humanitarian Aid Foundation, a Ghanaian-led 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to address critical issues facing orphans, vulnerable children and communities in Ghana.
A love donation of $20.00 is suggested. Come support and learn about the work of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation, enjoy live African drumming and dance, Ghanaian food, and check out some of our beautiful souvenirs from Africa. Everyone is welcome! Please invite friends and family for this worthwhile cause.
Donate online: http://www.haidfoundation.org/donate.html
HAF’s Director Emmanuel, at the Colorado Heights University (CHU) presenting the amazing work HAF is doing right now to improve the lives of children and communities in Ghana. Overview of the presentation includes project activities, volunteer and internship programs offered by HAF, summary of the HAF Healthy Village Project and various opportunities for CHU students and faculty to get involved and work with HAF. Thanks to the staff and students at CHU for your time and interest in becoming an HAF partner and supporting our mission.
Volunteering; it’s a thing many of us consider doing, but an experience only the minority undertakes. If you know somebody who has traveled to a country such as Ghana, Kenya, Malawi or India to volunteer abroad, you have probably already heard about how incredible and life-changing it is. It is this, perhaps a friend or loved one telling you about a trip they took, that often the triggers the idea in our heads and makes us think, could we volunteer abroad too?
Although the number of volunteers is on the rise, so too are the numbers of organizations and causes that need help. So, for those of you considering travelling to volunteer abroad, or for those of you that have never considered it until now, here is a list of five inspiring reasons to volunteer abroad that might make you want to take that final step.
- Become Part Of A Community
A big part of volunteering abroad is getting involved with the people you are there to help. Over the course of weeks or even months, depending on how long you decide to volunteer abroad for, you’ll get to know and become part of a community. In overpopulated Western countries, building this similar aspect of community can be tricky at best, with so many different faces around day in, day out, it’s hard to get to know everybody by name, let alone on a personal level.
While volunteering abroad in countries like Ghana, however, this totally changes. The most vulnerable and struggling communities are often the smallest, and after a short time you’ll know who everybody is and everybody will know who you are. These relationships become very close knit, like being part of an extended family.
- Make A Real Difference
So often in life, it can hard to feel like we are making any real impact. Doing a good deed is always nice, returning a lost phone to a stranger, buying a homeless person a cup of coffee, helping an elderly person up a steep flight of steps, these acts all help somebody and make you feel good. But, what if your impact wasn’t just a temporary thing, what if it not only changed some bodies day, but changed their life?
To volunteer abroad is to change lives for the better. Whether it’s through community improvement, medical care, or education, volunteers help poor people in such a way that could easily be the biggest and greatest deed they have ever, or will ever, perform. One type of volunteering abroad, that is an excellent example for the point I’m trying to make, is the construction of homes for people who would normally be living in dank and squalid conditions. They don’t have to live like this and you can be part of building them a clean, sturdy, and safe home; a home they can live in for many years, even the rest of their life. That feeling you get after completing the house and seeing the unbridled joy on the faces of the family you have just helped is absolutely indescribable.
- See the World
Volunteering abroad is a great experience that is beneficial to you and the people you help. But, after your time spent volunteering is over, you’ll find yourself in a new and incredible part of the world: a place full of wonderful culture, sights, and nature. African countries, like Ghana, are popular destinations for volunteering abroad, but also come complete with hundreds of exciting things to see and do. For example, in Ghana, you have the vibrant cities of Accra and Koforidua to explore, tropical mountain ranges to hike, and some of the biggest safari parks in West Africa to discover.
- Gain A Whole New Perspective
Life can often be just a bit too much. Daily stresses like work, family, relationships, and health can leave you overwhelmed, but one thing that volunteering in struggling communities can do is lend perspective. Volunteers often report returning home with not only a new lease on life, but a new understanding and appreciation for their own. Distance itself not only helps you to see things clearly, but to witness the plight of those in some of the poorest nations on Earth also allows you to see firsthand the struggles we, in the developed world, have never had to face.
- Find A Project That Speaks To You
Volunteering abroad can be very fulfilling no matter what project you undertake, but if the project speaks to you on a personal and emotional level, you are so much more likely to take more out of it. Maybe you’ve endured the suffering a medical condition and want to make sure others are taken care of just as you were? Or perhaps you had a difficult childhood and you want to bring a bit of happiness to children who’ve already endured too much?
You don’t have to select a volunteer program in this way, but if your heart is in it, if it means something to you before you even arrive, it can not only be a memorable and life-affirming experience, but a process of healing as well.
Happy 18th Birthday Maura!!!! It’s with a great pleasure working and having you as part of our team. You’re such a blessing to these children. Thank you!!!
HAF partnered with the Inc Book Project to assist in addressing the educational need of children underprivileged and understaffed schools in Ghana. Through the partnership, we receive book donation to support our educational effort, ensuring that children and understaffed schools in Ghana can have access to quality educational materials enabling children learn to read, write and improve their learning skills and individual potential. We recently donated boxes of books to the children at the New Life Orphanage in Accra, Ghana.
6th annual AIDF Disaster Relief Summit: Washington DC
19-20 November 2014
Event contact name: Agnes Gradzewicz
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on 19-20 November 2014 for our flagship event, the AIDF Disaster Relief Summit in Washington DC.
The summit is an interactive, information-packed two days event, where you’ll hear the latest thought leadership and network with over 300 global senior-level executives from a range of industries. The summit strives to enable quicker and better response during crisis and catastrophes in a more effective, sustainable and cost-efficient way.
This year’s programme focuses on best practice in logistics and transport, innovations in water security and ICT solutions for disaster relief – while also offering our sought-after discovery zone, simulation scenarios and unique pitch tank sessions.
Register now at http://disaster-relief.aidforum.org/
Ghana is one of West Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s a relatively safe and friendly country filled with interesting historical sites, lots of culture, colorful festivals, good beaches and decent wildlife parks. While volunteering in Ghana, you might wish to take a short weekend break to explore the beautiful, exotic and fascinating attraction sites.
1. Kwame Nkrumah Park – It’s all bronze statues and choreographed fountains at the Kwame Nkrumah Park, dedicated in the early 1990s to Ghana’s first president. The park museum houses a curious collection of Nkrumah’s personal belongings, including his presidential desk, bookcase, jacket and student sofa, as well as numerous photos of him and various world leaders
2. Makola Market – There is no front door or welcoming sign to the Makola Market. Before you know it, you’ve been sucked by the human undertow from the usual pavements clogged with vendors hawking food, secondhand clothes and shoes to the market itself. For new arrivals to Africa, it can be an intense experience, but it’s a fun – though perhaps a little masochistic – Ghanaian initiation rite.
3. Mole National Park – With its swathes of saffron-coloured savannah, Mole National Park offers what must surely be the cheapest safaris in Africa. There are at least 300 species of bird and 94 species of mammal, including African elephants, kob antelopes, buffalos, baboons and warthogs. The park organizes walking and driving safaris. If you do not have your own vehicle, you can rent the park’s for C100 for the two-hour safari; park rangers are happy to let you pool with other travelers.
The safaris are excellent and sightings of elephants are common from December to April. You’re guaranteed to see other mammals year-round, however. Sturdy, covered footwear is a must.
4. Cape Coast Castle – The Cape Coast Castle was built for the slave-trade and is one of the most impressive of Ghana’s old forts. It was originally built by the Dutch in 1637, later expanded by the Swedes, finally the British took control of it in 1664 and turned it into their colonial headquarters. It stayed that way for the next 200 years until they moved the capital to Accra in 1877.
The Cape Coast Castle is now an excellent museum with information about the history of Ghana, the slave-trade and local culture. Tours are a “must” and will take you through the dungeons and the “door of no return”.
5. Kakum National Park – An easy day trip from Cape Coast, Kakum National Park is home to over 300 species of bird, 600 species of butterfly and 40 mammal species – on paper, that is. In practice, you’ll be lucky if you see a monkey.
The park is famous for its canopy walk, a series of viewing platforms linked by a string of bouncy suspension bridges 30m above ground. The trouble is that it is being sold as an attraction rather than a national park, with steep admission fees, raucous noise on visits (which are always done in large groups, with no insistence from rangers to keep quiet) and consequently, very little wildlife. The short nature walks offered from the visitor centre are hardly more authentic.
If you would like to see wildlife, you will need to venture further into the park and make special arrangements with a guide the day before.
The cafe at the visitor centre serves basic food, snacks and homemade ginger juice. Kakum is easily accessible by public transport. From Cape Coast, take a tro-tro from Ciodu Station.
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