“I was so glad of how interested people were of what is happening in Ghana”
I am here in the UK for five days on the invitation of Womankind Worldwide to raise awareness about Amasachina’s work in Ghana to reduce women’s susceptibility to HIV and AIDS. We have been working for the last three years in the Upper West part of Ghana implementing a project with support from UKAid and Womankind to address discriminatory cultural practices that increases the risk of women contracting HIV. It is my first visit to Europe yet alone London, and it has been a busy week indeed. We’ve been sharing our experiences and success with others and even had an event in the House of Parliament last night to thank those who have supported our work.
The trip to the UK has been useful and inspiring, especially talking and interacting with others. It takes many to understand the realities on the ground. It also takes goodwill for people to listen to those who are directly affected by violence and HIV, or those working to support those affected. I was so glad of how interested people were of what is happening in Ghana and how they received me and my message.
Money well spent
However, knowing what you choose to do with your money and investing in people’s lives is supreme. My visit to the UK has given me highlights of the goodwill that individuals, institutions, corporate organisations, tax payers and the Government of UK has for the marginalized in society and the willingness to support them across the world. We are very thankful for all the support and hope it will continue until we can eliminate violence against women and children and HIV in Ghana.
Hopes for the future
So as I prepare for my long journey home I am reflecting on how my meetings with groups of people from different backgrounds has inspired me to do more in my work to reduce the vulnerability of women and children and to champion their voice in decisions that affect them.
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Post by Mahmood Yahya, Regional Programme Manager of Amasachina (implementing partner of HIV project)
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