Asongtaba Deepens Corporate Social Responsibility
By: Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh
Asongtaba Cottage Industry and Exchange Programme, a skills-development non-governmental organisation, has presented products worth GH¢7,000 to the God’s Love Ministry Orphanage, at a ceremony in Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region.
The products include bags of rice and sugar, milk, detergents, teaching materials, cooking oil, tinned tomatoes, soft drinks and biscuits.
The Business Development Manager at Asongtaba, Faisal Keliou, who represented the Executive Director, noted that the donation formed part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility. The presentation also formed part of its efforts to support the needs of the inmates.
“We, at Asongtaba, are very excited to be carrying out this exercise today, because we feel it will make a difference in the lives of children at the orphanage, and the success of Asongtaba will not be measured by how much money we have made, but how many lives the company improves,” said Mr. Keliou.
He announced plans to adopt the orphanage in the long term, and the provision of skills training for inmates who excel in the academic endeavour.
Mr. Keliou was assisted by the Media Relations Manager at Asongtaba, Kweku Obeng-Adjei, and some staff of the company.
The Director of God’s Love Ministry Orphanage, Felix Akampoi, received the items on behalf of the orphanage.
He thanked the management and staff of Asongtaba for their kind gesture.
Mr. Akampoi said the orphanage was established in 1996 to salvage vulnerable children, especially, those born to mentally retard parents, usually women. He said the orphanage had been engaged in several community programmes, including the education of families of lunatic children to accept them back.
Mr. Akampoi also appealed to the government and corporate entities to continue to support orphanages, especially those in rural communities, since they lacked the resources to sustain their operations.
The youngest of the children is about four months, while the oldest is seventeen.
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