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EBOLA – Facts, Myths & Reality

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Educational Conference to share facts on EBOLA and to dispel irrational fear

Since the EBOLA crisis became known, with several cases hitting the shores of the United States, reaction by the public has bordered on hysteria and extreme reactions. Noting that most of these reactions are uninformed and irrational, on December 8, 2014, Voices of African Mothers sponsored a conference to educate participants about EBOLA – how it is contracted and how it is not; what safety precautions an individual could take around persons who are infected to prevent their exposure; and how those affected as well as the general public can manage the emotional reactions triggered by the crisis.

The conference also shared ongoing research to contain the disease, as well as guidelines from reputable organizations, such as the World Health Organization.

Sincere appreciation to Mr. George Wen for donating his time to video our event!

Children from Equatorial Guinea to acquire basic education in Ghana

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The First Lady of Equatorial Guinea, Mrs Constancia Mangue Nsue de Obiang, is sponsoring eight children from her country, to acquire basic education in Ghana, as a personal initiative to deepen the ties between her country and Ghana.

Through the Committee for support of the Equatoguinea Child (CANIGE) and her personal initiative, she partnered Voice of Africa Mothers (VAM), Ghana to provide resources to cover lodging, feeding and tuition of the Equatorial Guinean children aged between 11 and 13 years.

Four boys; Teodoro Obianj Nfumu, 13, Angel Nguema Asini, 11, Teodoro Nguema Nfumu, 13, Augustin Bayeme Angue, 11, and four young girls, namely; Naria Fatima Obono Nguema, 12, Fomasa Mofuman Nguema, 12, Constancia Mangue Nfumu, 13, Prisca Nchama Mba, 11, who arrived in the country on Sunday, have been enrolled at John William Montessori School, at Tanoso in the Ashanti Region.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mrs. Nana Fosu-Randall, founder, VAM, and co-founder of John William Montessori School, said the children would have a one-month intensive foundation course in basic computing and English language usage.

Mrs. Randall said it is a pilot project that aims at giving the African child quality education, to shore up quality human resource for sustainable growth and development of the African continent.

She said after the one month period of intensive studies, they will be able to assess the children, and place each of them in an appropriate class to start a full basic education programme.

According to her, all the necessary provisions have been put in place to ensure that the target set for the initiative is achieved, adding that the project will be expanded to take on more children after a successful completion.

“The programme will expose the children to other cultures in the world, and also enable them get access to international platforms to enable them fit into the global system,” she said.

The children were accompanied by Ndong Mba Ernesto Valentin, Director-General, Cabinete De La Primera Dama, and Federico Obama Isono, Special Aide to the First Lady, and were welcomed by Equatorial Guinean representatives in the country.

CANIGE is an important institution in Equatorial Guinea’s efforts to promote child and social development through education.

Source: Article from the website: www.gbcghana.com/1.1791516

Recognition from Westchester County Board of Legislators

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March 24, 2014: Mrs. Randall was presented with a Special Recognition by the Westchester County Board of Legislators and The United Nations Association of Westchester for Women’s History Month.

She was honored for her promotion of peace for the women and children of Africa. This Special Recognition was visibly highlighted by the Declaration of March 28, 2014 as “Nana Fosu-Randall Day” in Westchester County, NY.

President Nana Fosu-Randall Meets with Students

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President Nana Fosu-Randall spoke with students at two Westchester County, NY schools. She shared the mission and programs of VAM and the benefits of joining the VAM Youth Ambassador Program.

This activity was a collaboration with the Links, Inc. organization (www.linksinc.org). The schools visited were Woodlands High School, Hartsdale, NY on 2/26/14 and Mt. Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon, NY on 2/27/14. We had great discussions about VAM and Africa, and they expressed a deep interest in international and UN affairs.