May 30, 2015
Early Saturday morning around 7am, the team went for our core programme at the Football for Hope Centre. We split ourselves into 3 separate groups of Health, Social and Soccer and facilitated the young people on different topics such as “Tuberculosis, Team Work and Shooting”.
The Health Group facilitated a session on “Tuberculosis (TB)”, a common disease that is highly infectious but easily curable. Here the team explained the causes, symptoms and treatments for this disease through a course of activities that actively illustrated the spreading of the disease and immunity using the football to represent the disease and the young people to represent white blood cells and immunity.
The Social Group performed a session on “Team Work”, a vital skill that can be applied in almost every aspect of life. The whole purpose of the session was to promote unity, togetherness and team effort in order to achieve goals. “In life, you can’t do everything by yourself, sometimes you need other people to help you” was a motto that was taught to the young people. Considering we were using football as a medium to illustrate this, we also taught them that team work is essential for football and sportsmanship.
The Soccer Group worked closely around the theme of “shooting”. Here they taught the young people how to position themselves correctly in order to aim, kick and shoot the ball with great technique and accuracy. This was achieved through a course of drills, group participation and various activities to practice these skills.
The core programme finished around 10am and then we had the rest of afternoon to do whatever we wanted! Although we are currently in the rainy season, we were lucky to have a sunny hot day that was rain free! So the team spent most of the time at the beach, shopping in the local markets or going home to do hand-washing!
Later in the night, we ALL went to GOIL which is a place with open grills, bars and live band entertainment where we held a surprise pre-birthday celebration for Mina’s 19th Birthday! Being the birthday girl, she got completely drenched with NON-ALCOHOLIC champagne (dry programme), mango juice and water which later on turned into a mini water fight with some of the other locals!
May 31st, 2015
Early Sunday morning some of us went to church with our host families and had a chilled day in. In the evening, we were invited by the locals to watch a Cultural Dance and Drumming event. This dance promoted the theme of unity and working together. The overall performance varied in dancing, monologues, drumming and acting that lasted for roughly 2 hours. It was very traditional, fun, colourful, and entertaining. Some of the volunteers even got the chance to participate in some of the dancing and enjoyed a huge buffet afterwards full of Ghana’s most tasty foods!
June 1st, 2015
At the start of this week we had realised that we had run out of water sachets to use to for football net. So we all teamed together and went out into the community to pick up all the empty sachets that were lying on the floors whilst being especially selective to avoid the ones in the gutters! From there we continued to build the goal post nets and afterwards proceeded with our usual routine of running the homework clubs at the centre.
June 2nd, 2015
On the Tuesday which always our learning day, Mina and James had the chance to present to us their learning day on the topic of “Peace and Conflict”. Originally George Gunn and Anita had also presented a learning day on peace and conflict and focused on the past aspects of how conflict has caused havoc between different countries, regions and civilisations. In contrast to this, Mina and James decided to focus on the present and future by discussing ways in which we can avoid conflicting situations and ways in which we can employ peaceful and non-aggressive solutions. Overall the discussion which later on turned into an intense debate was very insightful, useful and interesting to talk about!
Afterwards we all had a meeting in regards to our Mid Project Review (MPR). In this meeting we put ideas together on how to construct our presentation and all agreed to put together a video montage of all our great moments in the past 5 weeks.
In the later afternoon the Peer education and Training group continued with their classes and everyone else continued with the planning of our Job Fair event which will take place on Saturday 13th June.
June 3rd, 2015
On the Wednesday we went to Kwegyir Aggery basic school for our core programme extension. We also began with our 2nd goal post net since we were done with the 1st one and begun to construct the MPR Video! We also sent letters to business with job vacancies confirming the time and date that the event was going to be held.
June 4th, 2015
It was a culture day presentation for Reuben & TJ, also Anita & Josephine. TJ focused on his hometown Sunderland that is located on the north-east side of England. During his presentation he focused on 3 different historical and present day aspects such as Football, World War II and Sunderland’s annual air show. Reuben focused his presentation on his original hometown which is “Akropong” that is located in the Eastern Region of Ghana and talked closely on the events and festivals that take place.
Afterwards, Anita and Josephine presented their cultural day by focusing on Occupations, Festivals, Weddings, Naming Ceremony, Food, Music, Traditions. However Anita focused her points in the traditions of Ghana, Ashanti Region and Josephine focused her points on Freetown in Sierra Leone.
It had been a day FULL of wet rainy weather but we still carried on with the Sachet net and Homework sessions back at the Football for Hope Centre.
June 5th, 2015
On the last day of our working week, we began the day on an earlier start of 9.30am by going to Aboom A.M.E Zion schools for our core programme extension where we worked with over 150 children. It was an amazing experience and extremely fun and rewarding to work with the young children knowing that we had taught them something new and made them feel happy and excited to work with us. Afterwards, we went back to the office and continued to build the sachet net. Fridays is always a good day because it’s a FREE PLAY day, and so we spent our time interacting with the children and playing football.