The host of Abusua Nkommo, on Abusua 96.5FM and management of Apotiti Consult specialized in an event organization based in Kumasi in the Ashanti region, has today Wednesday February 14 ,donated items to SOS children’s Village in the Kumasi Metropolis to mark this year’s Valentine day celebration.
The donation according to Chief executive officer of the consult Kwame Adinkra, is part of his commitment towards putting smiles on the faces of the poor children’s in the Village.
The items donated to the inmates in the village include, 10 bags of Rice, two bags of maize, toiletry’s, 2 cartons milk, boxes of washing power, Polytank which takes 10,000 gallons of water among other goodies and Cash amount of 2.000 Ghana Cedis to facilitate smooth running of the Village.
Addressing the media after the donation exercise, the King of Kumasi Morning Show called on Ghanaians to support the running of various orphanage homes in the country.
”You Know today is Valentine day so we decided to visit the village and express our love and compassion to the under privilege. This SOS Children Village is faced with a lot of challenges therefore it’s important to support them with the little that we have. As you can see this Village look very beautiful with nice structures but trust me, they are faced with a lot of challenges on day to day running of the Village, therefore I will like to call on cooperate organizations to come to the aid of the Village’’ he stressed.
Management of the facility who were amazed by the donation commended Kwame Adinkra for putting smiles on the faces of the Children in the village on the occasion of Valentine day.
“We were aware of Kwame’s coming to the home, but we least expected a lot of goodies from him. We are very grateful to him and all the people who supported him and us in this way. When you come to our village you will think we don’t lack anything, but all the beautiful things you see here are all donated by individuals and cooperate organization. Ours is to take good care of the facilities. I will want to you this opportunity to invite cooperate Ghana to come to our aid and support the daily up keep of the Village’’ he appealed.
Background of Kumasi SOS Village
Kumasi is the capital of Ashanti region and the second biggest city of Ghana, with approximately 1.5 million inhabitants.
It is situated 250km northwest of Accra. Due to its growing industry (Wood, Cocoa) and mining activities (Gold), Kumasi is an economic centre and a place towards which a lot of people gravitate in the hope of finding a job, even if it is only a temporary one. In this situation of increasing migration and social and economic uncertainty, slums are multiplying, prostitution is on the rise and the number of both direct and indirect victims is growing (higher rate of unwanted pregnancies, more HIV infections and AIDS cases). Children suffer most.
Given the lack of infrastructure focusing on aid for children as well as medical prevention and treatment, the necessity of setting up SOS Children’s Village facilities became clear.
The SOS Children’s Village Kumasi is situated in the centre of Asokore Mampong, a little town in the suburbs of Kumasi, and was built on a site of around five hectares of land. It consists of 12 family houses, the Village Director’s house, a service and administration block, a house for the so-called SOS aunts (SOS mothers in training, who support the SOS mothers), sports facilities and a playground.
An SOS Kindergarten and an SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School opened their gates to the children from the SOS Children’s Village and the neighbouring community. The SOS Kindergarten comprises three classes and an administration area. It can be attended by up to 60 children. The SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School consists of seven classrooms, an administrative area, a workshop, a library and a canteen. The primary school can admit up to 210 children.
An SOS Social Centre combined with an SOS Medical Centre was opened with the aim of providing medical care to the people in the neighborhood, informing them about local prevention measures, providing families in need with social and material assistance and offering counselling regarding child education and career guidance for parents. The centre comprises rooms for consultation, treatment, isolation and observation as well as a room for sterilizing equipment, a dispensary and rooms for the director, the educators and the social workers.
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