Mid May 2020 News from Elmina

STATUS OF COVID-19 IN GHANA/ELMINA

As of 16 May, Ghana has over 5000 cases, but only 29 deaths, most are in the capital city of Accra. They have an ambitious testing and contact tracing program, I am very impressed. This activity inflates cases and helps them manage the virus. We know of 2 cases in Elmina, but over 50 in nearby Cape Coast.

The lifestyle in Ghana makes it difficult to prevent spread. But there is progress on cleaning surfaces, washing hands and social distancing in areas like taxis/transport, markets and at home where many people sleep under one roof.

We will continue to watch the progress. For now schools are closed and we keep gatherings to a minimum with care in our interactions.

HANDWASHING STATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

We have purchased tanks and stands and made large amounts of handwashing soaps and will be putting these “stations” in locations around the community. Tomorrow’s Stars has also helped fund masks for PIFs as well as making hand santizer available.

The handwashing stations were presented to the local chief before setting up. Solo’s Nsoroma Foundation is in charge. Tomorrow’s Stars gave Nsoroma a grant for helping with Covid-19. This grant is also being used to provide masks and other supplies. Leticia made a couple of gallons of handwashing soap. It is quite a team project.

AUTHOR JOE BROWN DOES A ZOOM READING OF HIS BOOK “COME ON, GET IN”

Joe is a successful author of childrens’ books focusing on the power of IMAGINATION. He recently did a Zoom reading of one of his books for some students and PIFs in Elmina. We had some minor technical difficulties and will soon do another reading after some minor corrections. It was a big hit with the students (and Joe).

Joe Brown talking about IMAGINATION

FREDRICK ADEHE WRITES BOOK ON SICKLE CELL DISEASE

Our friend Fredrick was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at age 17 in 2013. As he has learned and improved his management of the disease, he has written a book. We are now printing some in Elmina to help him help “sicklers” in the community. In addition, he has his book as a kindle purchase on Amazon. It is titled: Sickle Cell Disease: Minimizing Crisis and Living a Happy Life.

Please check it out on Amazon and download a kindle copy for $3. Don’t forget about helping Tomorrow’s Stars at Smile.amazon.com.

Fred’s Sickle Cell book
Fredrick talking about Sickle Cell Disease with our PIFs

We are continuing to change lives through education in Elmina.

Thanks for your support.

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