Story by Naa Betty Mingle
Ms. Florence Ofosu, a UK-based Ghanaian, on the first day of the New Year brought hope to over 400 poor children in deprived communities such as Pokuase and Amasaman, through educational fun games called “Party for a Child.”
She said this was to provide the opportunity for deprived children to interact with role models in order to build self esteem, and as well inspire the kids to improve performances in education.
The kids engaged in outdoor and fun games such as football, sack race, tug of war, lime and spoon race, musical chairs and dancing competition, with the best performing kids being awarded prizes.
According to Ms. Florence Ofosu, the party was not only to enhance self esteem, educate and motivate the less privileged children, but also to give them the opportunity to be loved and cared for.
She said the idea of establishing the “Party for a Child “was conceived during her days of internship with Action Aid Ghana, a non-governmental organisation.
“During this period, I had the opportunity to interact with poor people from various communities within the Greater Accra Region, and one of the striking things was how these children from poor backgrounds were excluded from the broader society, and therefore, had no access to educational and recreational facilities and opportunities, such as interacting with role models to encourage them to take their education serious, and as a result has affected their educational and moral lives,” she revealed.
She continued that her initiative, “Party for a Child,” was not only to identify poor households in at Pokuase and its environs, but also nationwide.
According to her, one did not need to form a non-governmental organisation before deprived children in communities could be helped, saying, “In fact, I had to move from house to house, and companies to companies, to solicit help.”
Ms. Ofosu however, lauded FOS Aluminum Company Limited, Oson’s Chemist, Unilever Ghana Limited, Nestlé Ghana Limited, Accra Brewery Limited, and finally the Municipal Chief Executive of the Ga-West District in the Greater Accra Region, for the contribution and support during her first party for the kids.
She expressed her gratitude to her mother, Victoria Owusu (COCOBOD), her brother, Bedford Ofosu (and his friends in the UK), Mr. Eric Boakye Peasah, a mutual friend, and some other relatives who she said did not only help her financially, but also gave her mutual support.