Mr Kingsley Agyemang, the Registrar of the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat has donated assorted items to some hundred widows within the Abuakwa South Municipality as part of his contribution to their welfare.
The items, including bags of rice, cooking oil, boxes of sardines and an amount of GH200 each, were presented to the widows on behalf of the Registrar by Michael Darko.
Mr Darko, who is the president of Proudly Asiakwan, an association made up of natives from Asiakwa , during the presentation, pointed out that most often widows, orphans and the vulnerable are left out during important celebrations like Christmas and New Year. He said it was therefore important that they were remembered.
“On behalf of our patron, Mr Agyemang, we are here to join you celebrate the Christmas and the New Year and assure you that you are not forgotten,” he said.
Members of the Association also donated items worth thousands of Ghana Cedis to the inmates of the SOS Children’s Village at Asiakwa.
The items, which included assorted drinks, bags of rice, sugar, and biscuits, were donated to the Village to help them to celebrate the Christmas festivities.
The President of the association, Michael Darko, intimated that the association, since its inception, has made philanthropic works one of its hallmarks.
He noted that the gesture also formed part of the association’s corporate social responsibility, pointing out that the project was to ensure that the “children are not left out of the Christmas celebrations”.
According to him, the gesture was nothing new as far as the association and its philanthropic work were concerned, but they felt it was important to turn their attention to SOS Village during the festive season.
“The welfare of the children in the Village is a collective responsibility, hence encouraging groups and individuals to support them in any way possible. It is the wish of the association to see to the realisation of the full potential of orphaned children.
“This will go a long way to ensure that they are able to reintegrate into their community as healthy, happy, responsible and independent adults. We all know the devastating effects COVID-19 had and continues to have on our lives, and obviously this Orphanage will not be spared,” he added.
Making reference to James Chapter 1 Verse 27, Mr Darko said the gesture would not be the last of the association towards the SOS Village, adding that they would continue to support the activities of the village.
For his part, the Director in charge of the SOS Children’s Village, Emmanuel Ekow Effirim, commended the association for the gesture, calling on other benevolent bodies and individuals to support the village.
He also called on members of the association to consider mentoring some of the children in the Village, stressing that it would help the children to integrate seamlessly in the larger society.
The beneficiaries of the donations expressed profound gratitude to the association for the gesture.