Join us as we welcome Ghana Partner Barbara Asempa February 28 on Zoom Barbara Asempa is the Executive Director of Home of Care and Protection (HOCAP) a Christian non-governmental organization she founded in 2009 in Tema, Ghana. Westminster has partnered with Barbara since 2011. HOCAP seeks to provide underprivileged children, including those without parents, an enabling environment for development through the provision of education, health care, advocacy, and small scale enterprise. Barbara is also a Catechist at the Redemption Presbyterian Church in Tema, another Ghana partners. Barbara will share with us in her Moment for Mission some reflections about her efforts to raise money for and address local hunger brought on the COVID pandemic and economic shut-down in Ghana. Barbara provided some details and a short bio in her Westminster blog “HOCAP Report on Christmas Love Box Program for 2020.” After worship, during the ‘Second Hour,’ Barbara will share insights into her work to alleviate poverty in rural Ghanaian villages in sustainable ways. Barbara and HOCAP multiply their impact by partnering with other international organizations to raise funds and awareness. Their ten-year plans reflects three “intervention areas” developed in work in three rural villages. The Education focus includes outreach to teenage girls through the menstrual hygiene educational programs developed as an outgrowth of partnership with Westminster and the The MoonCatcher Project, and also skill building for teenage mothers. Information and Communication Technology labs and library centers have also been established, and could benefit from refurbished computers that Westminster can help procure. The Water, Health and Sanitation area includes training on basic hygiene protocols, community medical outreach and drilling of bore holes. Barbara plans to establish a small health clinic in one of the rural communities. Agriculture is an area that has seen much recent activity and planning. This includes irrigation for dry season farming, introduction of new methods of farming, diversifying crop yield and identifying markets for farm products. Please join us to find out more about Barbara’s activities and plans and the role our partnership may play. ~Carolyn Smith, on behalf of the African Mission Committee Carolyn Smith is a retired Professor of Social Welfare at the University at Albany. She has been a Member of Westminster since 1982 and during this time has served terms as Elder and Deacon and has most recently been a member of Westminster Choir. She served a long term as the Co-Chair of the African Mission Committee where she is still an active participant.