Fewer women and children die

Country Sector Project Years
Ghana Education Health center in Nakpanduri 2008-2009

Jennifer

My name is Jennifer. I'm 15 years old and go to Junior High School.

In 2009, I saw the people of World Servants for the first time. When they were here in 2008, I was at the hospital in Boku for eye treatment. I didn't see the Dutch people at all. I only saw what they'd build. Last year they visited my school.

Before World Servants came, the health center was much smaller. Only the original clinic was there. Now there is also a maternity ward and more is being build. And the children know much more about HIV/AIDS. They know how you get it and how you can prevent getting it. First we thought we could never have sex without running the risk of getting infected. But because of the prevention program, we know that you can still have (safe) sex when you use a condom.

The most important change for me is the coming of the mother and child clinic. A few years ago my mother had a child. The child got very sick and we had to travel far to the nearest hospital, in Boku. That's about two days walking. Because we had to travel so far, it was too late before we got to the hospital and the child died. Every time I think about this or talk about it, I have to cry. I'm glad that we now have care for mother and child. I hope the health center will continue to expand and become a district hospital. And when I finish High School, I hope I can work here and serve my people, like the people of World servants did.

Moro

My name is Moro Bangba. I'm 13 and go to Junior High School. I was there when World Servants did a program on my school.

I enjoyed the program. It was fun and I learned a lot. Before the program, I knew what HIV/AIDS was, but not much more than that. Now I know how you can get infected and how I can protect myself. I know that I should not just go to bed with anyone. We now know that we do not have to be ashamed, but immediately bring it up, so others don't get it. I have learned that God has created every human being and that everyone is unique and valuable in his eyes.

Now I think more about the things I do with girls. And I tell as many people as I can about what I learned, so they can also protect themselves.

For me, the most significant change is that we now have hope for a healthy future, without people dying of AIDS.

Peter

My name is Peter. I'm 38, married and have a son. I'm a teacher at the Junior High School in Nakpanduri. In 2003, my pastor introduced me to AGREDS and World Servants. At that time I was only involved in coordinating the children's program. Now I also coordinate the cultural exchange program.

I was born in the health center, when it was still just a small clinic with few trained staff. For a long time, the clinic did not develop much. The community really wanted to make progress, but without support it was difficult.

Since the coming of AGREDS and World Servants, the clinic has developed into a health center. Now there is a maternity ward and a children's ward. There are also staff houses for the nurses, so they can live close to the health center. This has attracted more qualified staff, so that more people can be attended to. People do not have to wait so long anymore before medical staff can see them and they receive better care. Now that there is progress again, the community is also more motivated to take action.

According to me, the most significant change is simply that more lives are saved. Fewer women and children die. Not just because there is better care, but also because it is closer by. People do not have to die because they have to travel for two days before they can get care. For me that is very important, because the life of a human being is infinitely valuable.

21 Augustus 2010