From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
In its effort to make the Christmas celebration a reality and bring smiles on the faces of the vulnerable in society, an advocacy group, known as the Empowerment and Development Initiative Centre, has thrown a party for the Una Sonrisa Children’s Home, located at Nsutem near Akropong in the Akuapem North District.
The occasion was the group’s Livelihood Project, which is an end of year package dubbed “A Day with the Little Ones.”
Speaking to the Eastern File, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the group, Mr. Samuel Kwapong Darkwa, said the gesture was to let the children know that they had people who thought about them, and wished them well, as well as to announce the group’s road map for the year.
The advocacy group, which operates and is based in Akropong–Akuapem in the Eastern Region for the past two years, has undertaken very significant projects, such as empowering and developing the communities in its catchment area, through programs like Women’s Day, a health education campaign for women in the various church groups on the ridge.
Others include an environmental conservation project aimed at inculcating the value of conservation in the younger generation, and the Mobile Information Communication and Technology project, which sought to bring ICT to the doorsteps of pupils in the rural areas. The day brought directors and volunteers of the EDIC spending a day with the over 69 inmates of the home, amidst sharing of biscuits and assorted soft drinks, and watching of kids’ movies, particularly, cartoons – Tom and Jerry.
Highlighting the programs for 2011, Mr. Kwapong Dankwa mentioned that his outfit had plans to include a mobile ICT Lab to pave the way for the practical teaching of ICT in schools, and te Volunteer Literacy & Numeracy Help (VLNH), which would take care of teacher deficits in schools within the district.
That notwithstanding, he called on individuals, philanthropists and corporate organisations to donate their discarded computers and accessories to the group, which would repair them for onward distribution to schools which are in need of these facilities.
The Proprietress and Administrator of the home, Madam Mary Kofie, and Pastor Adu Awuku William, respectively, expressed their profound gratitude to the group, and urged other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to emulate the shining example of the group, through donations for the up-keep of the home.