Screening for HIV

by | Jul 27, 2017 | Porridge and Pens Blog

We have so much exciting news to share with you in July’s newsletter. Where do we start? Firstly, we are incredibly excited to be supporting three Brightlingsea residents on their mission to tackle Ghana’s half marathon. Vandi and Gregg, two well known locals will be trying to raise £6000 to fund a special needs classroom at the Brightlingsea School in Ghana.

You might see them training around Brightlingsea over the next few months, they will be wearing a bright orange Porridge and Pens T-shirt so you won’t miss them.

The team will also be visiting the Brightlingsea School for one week before running the half marathon. If you want to sponsor them, just text GOGO11 £5 to 70070. Or, if you are a local business owner and want your logo on their T-Shirt, please get in touch with us and we can arrange it.

At the start of this month we welcomed home Kayleigh and her family who spent a week volunteering at the Brightlingsea School. Kayleigh helped to screen students for Hepatitis B and HIV, while sorting out those who needed vaccinations against Hepatitis B. Probably the most memorable part of their trip for our volunteers and students was a trip to Kumasi’s only park, where children enjoyed their first experience playing on swings and slides.

There has been lots of hard work going on to mark the end of term out in Ghana. Local builders have been working against the clock to complete our primary 1 classroom, needed ahead of the new school term in a few months’ time.

Lots of you who follow our monthly updates will know our eldest class will have nowhere to go unless we are able to build another classroom in time.

Fortunately, just in time we secured the funds we needed and so with our fingers tightly crossed we hope to have the work completed on time!

With a new classroom comes the need for new windows, new desks, chairs and teachers.

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