The 'Save A Millions Lives Campaign' is one of the projects initiated
by the Neko Tech Centre in the Ada region of Ghana. It is primarily a health
project that deals with a wide range of issues affecting the community
due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.
Some of the forgotten casualties of HIV/AIDS are the orphaned children
it creates when parents die due to the illness. The centre currently deals
with over 500 of these orphans and the number is growing. The centre helps
the orphans in various ways, from emotional through to financial support.
Two of the greatest challenges are, finding homes for them and finances
to keep the orphans in school.
On a visit to Ghana in March 2004, Andy Bailey of Enterprise Data Systems
had an opportunity to see for himself some of the effects that HIV/AIDS
epidemic has on these children. Princess Asie Ocansey (President of the
NGO that runs the centre) explained to Andy Bailey "approximately
£10.00 to £15.00 will keep one of the orphans in primary school
for a whole year". Based on what he had seen first hand and wanting
to help in someway, Andy
and the Princess agreed to setup a school fund within the "Save A
Millions Lives" Campaign specifically to finance educating some the
orphans. Through his company Enterprise Data Systems, Andy kick-started
the fund by committing to invest £500.00 per year for at least the
next five years. He also committed to trying to find ways to enhance this
investment on his return to the UK. The aim is to try and grow the fund
to £10,000 per year so as to keep nearly all the orphans in school
and assist with purchasing uniforms and shoes.
In order to help them to provide with some long term self sustainability
Andy instigated a second project namely the "Pens for Pigs Campaign".
This was started to set up a pig farming business for the orphans. Andy
has been collecting promotional pens from his suppliers, business colleagues
and anyone who wants to donate them. The pens were then sold to schools
in Ghana at a reduced cost, who in turn sold them to the students again
at a reduced cost. With the monies raised by the sale of the pens and a
contribution from Enterprise Data Systems, the piggery was started. There
are currently 3 female pigs and 1 male pig. This business is self sustaining
and will develop to provide future income for the orphans. This project
will now be used as a model in other regions to provide income for other
orphans. £3500.00 is needed to start-up each piggery and run it for
third project Andy has committed to is to raise £100,000.00 in order
to build an orphanage to provide a loving home environment for some of
the growing number of orphans. To assist with this project the charity
"Save A Million Lives" has now been setup here in the UK. All
donations and assistance welcome no matter how small.
THE CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD AND IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY
TO PREPARE THEM FOR WHAT LIES AHEAD OF THEM. PLEASE HELP US TO SUPPORT