Today I went with Courtney and Pastor Ashley, the director of Hope Community Orphanage, to the National Health Insurance Authority Office in Accra. There we met with one of the main guys in the health insurance office and explained to him the project that Courtney and I want to undertake: to register 15 orphans for lifetime health coverage by the time the semester ends. He gave us his full support, and told us where we could find the district office near the orphanage where we can begin the actual process with a social worker there. He says it will be faster and simpler to go through our district office than through the national one, but that we should write him a formal letter of introduction for our project so that if the district office isn’t on top of things, he can wave the letter at them and make them hurry it up. So, CIEE and the Aya Center are writing the letter this week, Pastor Ashley is tracking down the exact location of the district office, and Courtney and I are going to take the kids to get passport pictures for their records. It feels so good to be productive!
The only thing is, we’re needing to raise about $150 to pay for the kids’ one-time premiums for the health care scheme. So if you’d like to help out and get a Ghanaian orphan lifetime health care coverage, let me know!