Isaac's Internship Experience
I did my practical training with the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development (DSWCD) of the Ga West Municipal Assembly, Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The Department operates under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. The Department works in partnership with people in their communities to improve their well being through the promotion of social development with equity for the disadvantaged, the vulnerable, persons with disabilities and the excluded.
I had practical experiences from the offices of social welfare and Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP). The first experience I encountered at the social welfare office was to take part in data collection on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Needs Assessment of Orphanage Homes in the Ga West Municipal Assembly. I also took active part in hearing and ruling many cases on social welfare issues reported at the department.
I had the opportunity to learn child welfare programs. Here, some of the workers of the de-partment and I went to the deprived areas of the municipality and looked for vulnerable chil-dren, especially children of school-going-age who were not in school. It was in one of those encounters with the deprived communities that I came into contact with Mary Borteley who was struggling for survival in her village in Yahoman. I assisted Mary to receive medical treatment at the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital in Accra through TV3 Network, Ghana.
I provide below, the video links of how I was involved in assisting Mary Borteley to receive medical treatment at the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital.
Fortunately, I had some field work experiences on sensitization of new applicants, enumeration of applicants, disbursement of cash to beneficiaries, and registration of beneficiaries onto the National Health Insurance Scheme. I actively took part in the Public Information Campaign exercise of the department to inform people of the selected communities about the LEAP expansion program. The Public Information Campaign exercise was followed by a sensitization program on the field.
Last but not least training was the disbursement of the LEAP cash to beneficiaries on the field and the registration of beneficiaries onto the National Health Insurance Scheme. I was personally involved in writing introductory letters for beneficiaries whose health insurance cards had expired and wanted to renew them at the Municipal Health Insurance Scheme’s office.