October CAS Activities


Operation Smile Club


Operation Smile club went on another cleftlip/palate medical mission to Koforidua General
hospital for 4 days. student volunteers were 4 girls and 1 boy.

Below are excerpts of Jisoo Han one of the student volunteers that summarizes the
experience
"Imagining meeting new people in a new environment did not seem hard. I thought it would just be a new
experience for me as a 9th grader, however, that was only my thought. For the most part, I played with kids and
helped with the taking pictures of the people with clefts/ palettes. This may sound easy but it is never easy. 95% of
the kids who were taking pictures were crying and they were really strong. I held their head still to allow the
photographer to take a photo of him. That was some hard work. Every minute felt like an hour and every hour felt
like days. However, when i blew bubbles, the little kids were amazed and tried catching it. How would it feel to be in their perspective watching these magic happen?


I had the opportunity to talk with different people. However, these people had a big scar
inside their heart. I met a girl called Akosua who was 17 years old. Her parents abandoned
her because of the problems she had. She really had a tough life. I really wanted to cry
while listening to her, but, can I cry in front of her? She was the one who was in these
horrible situations but do I really have the right to cry? I couldn't.

Today is special. This day is when patients are being announced whether if they are chosen
to get the surgery or not. Watching people getting chosen was spectacular. The happiness
in their eyes will never be forgotten. However, the ones who was not gotten chosen was
wiping their tears off their face slowly in sorrow. This sadness is the kind of sadness I will
never get to know. That face, I will also cherish.



Going into the surgery room was also amazing. Watching the blade cutting through the
patients flesh was kind of harder to look than I thought it would have been. But, I got that
courage from nowhere and continued watching the surgery. Two types of surgery I saw:
palate and a cleft. These two surgeries were actually phenomenal. It is a experience not
everyone would have."


Ghana Must Read


Over the past month, the Ghana Must Read CAS club of LCS had the pleasure of partnering
with Impact Youth Ghana to head out on a book/reading outreach to the youth of
Ayenyah- a village close to Ayikuma.



Students included on this trip were Carlotta Harper, Emily Msolla, Coumba Soumare (all in
Grade 12); Rebekka Usholt, Serag El Sadani, Habiba Moataz, Christopher Ohrt of Grade 11;
Blen Abate of Grade 10 and finally Merna Abu Baker and Aanya Khan, all in Grade 9.
Chaperons included the CAS coordinator Mr Eric Boateng as well as the HS library assistant
and GMR supervisor, Mrs. Ann.


Ghana Must Read CAS club made a book donation to the students in the village as well as
spent sometime reading with them.

It was a powerful moment spent with the youth and children of Ayenyah village to spread
as well as enhance the love of reading!


Health Talk with VoH children

The Village of Hope Club as part of it's program organized a second health talk with the
students of their vocational institute. These 20 boys and 11 girls; former street children
are being given a 2 year training in auto engineering, dressmaking, leather works and
tailoring.

It was a very interactive and sometimes hilarious session led by Mrs.Lena Obiri Yeboah, an
LCS nurse who was invited by the club to assist them. They shared their views on general
hygiene and sanitation including drug abuse and teenage pregnancy.

There were many falsehoods which they were not aware of and the health talk really helped
to balance their minds.