Today January 25, 2022

Charity-based group puts smiles on faces of orphans

Gbeogo (U/E),— A health and charity-based group, Aide á la vulnèrabillitè, has presented assorted food and non-food items to children at the Timataaba Orphanage in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.

The items, included two bags of maize, cooking oil, soft drinks, 50kilogram bags of rice, liquid soap, footballs, ludo game, exercise books, mathematical sets, pens, pencils, sanitary pads, sandals, toothbrushes and toothpaste, slightly used clothing and sandals.

Members of the group, who are health professionals with expertise in different fields shared breakfast and lunch with the orphans and had fun games, including musical chairs, apple-eating competitions, and egg races, among others.

Mr James Tobiga Naabil, a Lead Member of the group, told the Ghana News Agency that the group had embarked on such philanthropic works since 2018.

He said the group made similar donations and conducted medical screening exercises for less privileged organisations, including the Navrongo Prison, Babies Home and the Gbeogo School for the Deaf, where it extended electricity to a newly constructed dormitory block early this year.

He said the support was made possible through contributions from group members and friends and some members of the public in and outside the country.

“It is part of our programme of activities to visit the less privileged in this Region and this year, we decided to extend love and care to these younger ones here, and share with them the gift we have.

“We have interacted with the children and their caretakers, we can see the excitement on their faces. They appreciate what we have brought to them and it is our prayer that we get more to give to them,” Mr Naabil said.

He extended an invitation to other professionals outside the health sector, who may wish to join them to provide help to the vulnerable in society.

“If you are a teacher and wants to join us, you are welcome,” he said.

Giving a brief history of the establishment of the Orphanage Home, Madam Janet Tindan Naamyayah, a Caretaker, said the Home was started in 2010 with six children by her husband, Mr Isaiah Dowonba, who himself is an orphan.

She said the late Chief of the area rented the facility to them for five years to start the orphanage.

However, the facility could not accommodate the 23 children of which nine were at the Senior High School level and the others at various stages of basic education.

Madam Naamyayah said she and her husband relied solely on farming and donations from members of the public to feed the children, noting that the poor rainfall pattern affected their yields this year.

“We spend everything we have on the children because our focus is to see these children grow to become responsible citizens and contribute to the development of our country in the future,” Madam Naamyayah said.

She expressed gratitude to members of the Aide á la vulnèrabillitè, organisations, individuals and groups who had over the years extended support to them and appealed for more for the upkeep of the children.

Source: Ghana News Agency



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