Adebayor launches foundation for underprivileged
Date published: July 9, 2012
Togo star Emmanuel Adebayor launched his foundation in Accra on Friday night at his plush Trasaco Valley Mansion.
The SEA Foundation has been operational for some time now and has helped underprivileged people in his native a Togo and Ghana.
Last year, he donated thousands of US dollars towards the enhancement of infrastructure in the town of Sokode, Northern Togo. He also commissioned two water projects in the twin cities of Hamile and Koro in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
“I saw a little boy cry outside my house and I thought to myself I know what he needed, money,” Adebayor said in his speech.
“But after going inside for some time I was told he (strange boy) was still crying outside and so I decided to go see what was wrong with him.
“It was there he told me his mother has just passed away and that there was no money to put her mother in the coffin and to bury her. I immediately became emotional
“It was during this emotional revelation that the boy’s cell phone rang and the message was that his dad has also just passed away.
“At a point in time I didn’t want to believe, because this is Africa and people will do anything for money.
“So I had him take me to his house where we saw her mother dead with many wailing at the compound.
“And he also took me to his father’s place where the place was virtually empty and the corpse was just on the floor because people thought there was a problem with both mother and father dying within a space of three hours.
“I then decided to help with everything and take care of the boy. This story has been with me till today where we are gladly opening this foundation.”
The ceremony brought together some of the influential personalities in Ghana football including FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi.
He was joined by his former and current member of the Ghana national team including Stephen Appiah and Asamoah Gyan. Adebayor spends his vacation in Ghana where he has bought a mansion at the affluent community of Trasaco in Accra. MTNFootball.com
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