THE H.E.E.D. FOUNDATION PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 8 NEEDY STUDENTS AND BEGINS B.E.C.E. PREPARATION CLASSES
By Kwaku Agyemang, for HEED TV.
Asokore-Koforidua – (E/R), February 19th – The Health, Education, and Entrepreneurship Development (H.E.E.D.) Foundation presented 8 scholarships to deserving academically talented but needy students on February 19th, 2018 at the Methodist Primary School at Asokore, a town near the Eastern Regional capital of Koforidua. The small ceremony saw headmasters and mistress of the four Junior High Schools in the area whose students were being honored and parents attend the event. H.E.E.D. Foundation Director of Education, Mr. Atta Kodua Boateng Jr. represented the foundation in the presentation of scholarships. During the presentation, Mr. Boateng admonished the students to take advantage of the opportunity presented to them and go all the way to the top.
The scholarships were given in the form of studying materials chosen by the students themselves to aid them in preparation for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E.). They ranged from items such as Mathematics and Science Textbooks, B.E.C.E. past question books, mathematical sets, dictionary, drawing boards, school bags, and mock examination fees.
The H.E.E.D. Foundation also took the opportunity to unveil another program of the organization; The B.E.C.E. preparation classes which commenced the same day of ceremony. In her remarks, the Headmistress of the Salvation Army School, Madame Evelyn advised the students who will be attending the classes for free to put up a good behavior and attach seriousness to the program since it can be obvious that some Ghanaians do not attach seriousness to anything that is free of charge. She further indicated that their seriousness will guarantee the sustainability of the program for upcoming generations. She urged facilitators of the program to dismiss any student that comes late to the classes to instill discipline in the exercise.
The headmaster of the Roman Catholic School (one of the participating schools), advised and encouraged parents to make extra provisions for food since their wards will be staying in the classroom for long. He also advised the H.E.E.D. teachers to conduct tests to try the students in order to be assured of good results.
The ceremony concluded with one of the parents asking for God’s blessing on the organizers of the foundation as they embark on this journey of selfless devotion to the most needy in the community.
By Kwaku Agyemang, for HEED TV.
Kumasi – (A/R), September 1st – The Health, Education, and Entrepreneurship Development (H.E.E.D). Foundation, on Friday September 5. 2017 conducted a health screening at the Ahinsan Community, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. The team of health volunteers checked weight, blood pressure, and glucose.
The exercise was to identify residents who were at risk for developing diabetes, hypertension, and other cardiovascular diseases based on their numbers.
There were health care personnel on site to advise at risk individuals. Those that needed further evaluation were advised on
There were local physicians who also came to support the event with hepatitis B testing. Prophetic Faith Church International, the local church in the community also supported the event by providing the venue and distribution of vitamins and other supplements to the participants. In all, over one hundred and thirty residents (130) were screened.
By Belinda Baidoo, for HEED TV.
Chorkor, Accra – (G/R), August 5th – The Health, Education, and Entrepreneurship Development (H.E.E.D). Foundation, on Saturday the August 5. 2017 teamed up with ReachOut World Mission in collaboration with Brave Faith Foundation and Scholar’s Project in the Great James Hangout. The Great James Hangout was an education and health program held at the Great James Academy, a school based in Chorkor in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
The day was filled with activities such as free health screening for both pupils of the school and their parents whereas members of the community who were interested were not left out. There were other activities such as cooking and eating with the children. Volunteers of the H.E.E.D. Foundation were available to help with the activities. They participated in distribution of medications as well as testing for malaria.
The event culminated with a donation of stationery items by the H.E.E.D. Foundation in partnership with the ReachOut World Mission and other organizations to the school and students. The donation was to remind students of the importance of education and the H.E.E.D. Foundation’s resolve to help in whatever way it can.
Management of the school pleaded for funds from individuals and organizations to help them roof their school building and also provide them with appropriate furniture for the school children.
H.E.E.D. Foundation volunteer and Director of Promotions and Marketing Ms. Akosua Opoku-Agyemang summarized her experience as, “It was a good and fulfilling experience. Seeing the kids’ face lit with the games and donations was touching. I look forward to doing more for these children and other children in need with the H.E.E.D. Foundation.”
Foundation to Support Communities with specific needs through Health, Education, and Entrepreneurship launched
By Kobby Blay, Ghanahealthnest.com
A new community based initiative to assist selected constituencies in need with specific programs through health, as well as educational, and entrepreneurial support has been launched.
The Health, Education, and Entrepreneurship Development (H.E.E.D.) Foundation, is a nonprofit organization established in Ghana with an aim to help members of some selected constituencies in need with specific programs through health, educational, and entrepreneurial support.
The launching which took place in Koforidua, kicked off with a 5km health walk in the morning involving volunteers of the H.E.E.D group and dozens of youth from Asokore, a suburb community of Koforidua.
The walk was used to sensitize people of the importance of keeping fit through regular exercise while creating awareness of the existence of the H.E.E.D. Foundation and its mission and vision. The youth, who came in their numbers expressed the desire and the need to keep fit for a healthy living.
It proceeded with an interactive session on drug and substance abuse for the youth, attracting a hundreds of basic and junior high school students.
Dr. Adae Opoku Amoako, chairman of the foundation educated participants on the facets of drug abuse ranging from the dangerous drug or substance types, its consequential effects on the health of the user, and more importantly how to curb or minimize the menace in the town.
The official launching ceremony was graced by government officials, traditional leaders, civil society and stakeholders and the public; the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development and Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben North Constituency Hon. Nana Adjei-Boateng, the Chief of the Asokore Township, Nana Antwi Panyin II, the Regional Director of Education, Ms Debora Barbantude and the Director of the Eastern Regional Hospital (Koforidua Central Hospital) Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah.
The ceremony saw the official unveiling of the various programs under the three pronged initiatives (Health, Education, and Entrepreneurship) to the public.
Chair and director of health for the H.E.E.D. Foundation, Ghanaian-USA based physician Dr. Adae Opoku Amoako indicated that the mission of the foundation is to promote health literacy and healthy living, scholarships, and opportunities for entrepreneurial growth to the people of the communities they will serve. He also emphasized the need to embrace the initiative and together make it work.
Hon. Nana Adjei Boateng applauded the initiative and pledged his support to make sure the initiative grows and is sustained.
The president and director of entrepreneurship of the foundation Mrs. Cecilia Sueley Amoako admonished the beneficiaries and the entire nation on the need for all stakeholders to push for more policies that support initiatives of such to work smoothly and account accordingly to help develop the nation.
The weekend culminated with a health screening exercise where over 300 residents were screened for hypertension, diabetes and obesity. The H.E.E.D. Foundation also donated medications and durable medical devices at the fair.
By Albert Nkrumah, Ghana News Agency
Koforidua (E/R), Mar 15 -A United States (US)-based Ghanaian Physician, Dr. Adae Opoku Amoako, has set up a Foundation to support the education of children from poor homes.
It would take care in the basic school needs of young people in Asokore in the New Juaben Municipality.
Launching the Health Education Entrepreneurship Development Foundation at a ceremony in Koforidua, Dr. Amoako, said it was his contribution to efforts at helping the youth to lead meaningful lives.
He said it would also engage in entrepreneurial training of the people to assist them to create jobs for themselves and others.
Honorable Nana Agyei-Boateng, the Member of Parliament for New Juaben North, applauded the initiative and said it was going positively affect the lives of many in the area.
He encouraged the youth to take advantage of the opportunity to improve their situation.
By Elvis Adjei-Baah, HEED TV.
Koforidua (E/R), Mar 11 -The launch of the Health, Education, and Entrepreneurship Development (H.E.E.D.) Foundation came off at the Asokore Community Centre on March 11, 2017. The day kicked off with a walk in the early morning at 6 am. HEED volunteers and the people of the town (predominantly youth) engaged in a 5 km health walk to sensitize people of the importance of keeping fit through regular exercise while creating awareness of the existence of the H.E.E.D. Foundation and its mission and vision. The youth who came in their numbers expressed the desire and the need to keep fit for a healthy living.
The launching ceremony started at 12:00 pm and was graced by government officials, traditional leaders, civil society and stakeholders and the public.
Present at the HEED Foundation Launch was the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development and Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben North Constituency Hon. Nana Adjei-Boateng, the Chief of the Asokore township, Nana Antwi Panyin II, the Regional Director of Education, Ms Debora Barbantude and the Director of the Eastern Regional Hospital (Koforidua Central Hospital Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah.
The launch was primarily used to unveil the various programs under the three pronged initiatives (Health, Educational, Entrepreneurial) to the public.
by Kwaku Agyemang, HEED TV.
Koforidua (E/R), Mar 12 –The HEED health team led by doctors Ofosu Atta Amaning (physician at the Regional Hospital, Koforidua, Ghana) and Adae Opoku Amoako (physician, Maryland, USA) conducted a health screening exercise on March 13, 2017 at the community center at Asokore, a nearby town of the Eastern Regional capital Koforidua. The aim of the screening was to detect hypertension (elevated high blood pressure) and diabetes (elevated sugar levels in the blood) in the targeted population. When residents arrived, they were seated, their weights and heights were measured, they would then go on to get their blood pressured and glucose checked. If there were any concerns, they were directed to one of the physicians for advice and possible follow up at the local clinic or hospital.
There were optometrists from the Koforidua Regional Hospital that performed eye screenings for residents as well. The HEED Foundation also donated medications and durable medical devices at the fair. Over 300 adult residents were screened at the event. Dr. Amaning who is also a pediatrician by training saw about a dozen children who came with their parents.
Speaking to HEED TV, Ms. Jennifer Siaw, a nurse from Kumasi who volunteers on the HEED health team summarized her experience as; “I never thought we could meet our target population, but the outcome was surprisingly amazing. Residents were there on time and screening was started as promised. Residents cooperation was great, making our work easier.”
On the Education and Entrepreneurship front, the foundation had a table set up where students and people who were interested in HEED programs got information and talked to HEED personnel about the areas they needed support. The HEED Foundation hopes to hold this exercise once or twice a year around the country.
By Elvis Adjei-Baah, HEED TV.
Koforidua (E/R), Mar 10 – Figures from Ghana’s Narcotic Control Board indicate that about 50,000 people particularly the youth are engaged in drug abuse in Ghana. What is more even worrying is the fact that these drug users can be found in all the 275 administrative districts in all the ten regions of Ghana.
It is against this backdrop that the H.E.E.D. Foundation preceded its grand launch of its activities with a workshop on drug or substance abuse for the youth in Asokore-Koforidua, a suburban town in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The workshop which attracted a mammoth youth audience mostly basic and junior high students had the chairman of the foundation Dr. Adae Opoku Amoako lecturing participants on all the facets of drug abuse ranging from the dangerous drug or substance types, its consequential effects on the health of the user and more importantly how to curb or minimize the menace in the town. There was question and answer session where audience could field questions answered by Dr. Amoako.