By: Mary Cranston
Aspiring professional photographer Rohit Lakhani will be traveling to Ghana, to help support the "Ghana Health Education Initiative." GHEI is an organization that supports the challenges of education and health issues faced by children.
Country Director of the GHEI, Clement Donkor has been working with the organization since 2004. He tells me they are currently working on malaria prevention in GHEI’s three communities.
“The malaria program includes mosquito bed net distribution and education on bed net usage. We have community health workers in all three communities who do follow up visits to monitor bed net usage. We also promote a hand washing program throughout seven schools to prevent diarrhoea and pneumonia in children. Since there is no running water in the schools, we provide large water collection tanks, also known as poly tanks or veronica buckets in Ghana.”
Clement says they also conduct sexual and reproductive health programs and observe world AIDS Day annually.
“In terms of education we do supplemental teaching for selected Junior High School students in four core subjects. GHEI runs a library, a reading club and provides career opportunity lectures.”
GHEI has impacted families by allowing them to sleep without the discomfort from mosquito bites. With their hand washing program they have helped reduce the risk of communicable diseases. They have improved exam scores and helped more than 70 students attend Senior High School which Clement says is “very expensive” in Ghana.
Clement welcomes Rohit’s interest in their organization and says all staff members are thrilled he will be joining the team in the New Year.
After discovering Photographers without Borders online, Rohit says the Ghana organization called out to his heart. Rohit spent the first eighteen years of his life in Ghana and has wanted to work on a project in his home country for a while. He tells me he admires GHEI and is excited to share their cause through a lens.
“Lack of adequate health and education is a challenge faced by many children in Ghana. With the positive results from GHEI’s efforts, many of these kids will now have beautiful opportunities.”
Rohit says the projects PWB tackles clear all the misconceptions and misunderstandings about other cultures and people.
“Photos taken to share the stories of those involved in the organizations go beyond false concepts. For example, connecting with someone through their eyes can be very powerful.”
“Amazing causes that need to be shared are happening in every corner around the world. When success stories are shared geographically, its impact is profound,” Clement adds.
To donate to this project, click here