HOCAP Report on Christmas Love Box Program for 2020

Jan 21, 2021

Street children HOCAP set out to raise funds to bring the love of Christ to the less privileged in the community. This year HOCAP reached out to more people during the Christmas season than it had done in the past ten years. The Christmas love boxes contained different items depending on the age of the child. The items included a packed lunch, a bottle of drink, bowl, cup, spoon, towel, exercise books, pencils, pens, erasers, sharpeners, crayons, story books, mathematical sets, socks, toys, biscuits, toffees, and chocolates. Nyitawuta Nyitawuta community: Over 400 community members gathered on the 26th of December 2020, first of all to listen to the message of Christmas and receive a packed lunch and a bottle of drink. 220 children and youth out of the 400 gathered, received the Christmas love boxes (nearby communities members especially children also came to join the people of Nyitawuta to celebrate the day). Power of Love orphanage Power of Love orphanage: 35 children, youth and 5 caregivers of the orphanage received Christmas love boxes. Save them young orphanage Save them young orphanage: 74 children, youth and 6 care givers in the orphanage received Christmas love boxes. Rema orphanage: 25 children, youth and 5 caregivers received Christmas love boxes. Street /homeless children and adult: 40 street children received the Christmas love boxes and 45 homeless adults received a packed lunch and drink with no love boxes. [See blog main photo] TOTAL: In total we reached out to over 600 underprivileged people with 410 receiving the Christmas love boxes. Donations: $3500 was raised in total, including $500 from WPC. Some people also donated items. All drinks were donated. On behalf of the communities we serve, we say God richly bless all who gave to support the 2020 Christmas program. The joy on the faces of the recipients was humbling. Thank you. ~ Barbara Asempa, Executive Director, January 7, 2021 Barbara Asempa, a Westminster partner in Tema, Ghana is the founder and Executive Director of Home of Care and Protection (HOCAP), a Christian non-governmental organization in Ghana and the Catechist at the Redemption Presbyterian Church, Tema (another Westminster partner). In fall 2020 she started seminary training on a part-time basis in Ghana. Barbara helped to entertain Westminster travel teams in 2011, 2013, and 2016. She visited us in Albany in 2012 and 2018. Early in her career Barbara worked with World Vision, Ghana as a Senior Information Technologist Officer for ten years. Barbara and her husband live in Tema, Ghana with their two teenage children — Seyram and Selorm.

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