From Michael Boateng, Sunyani
The Sunyani Central Rotary Club, in collaboration with the Rotary Foundation, is establishing a partnership with an American Organization which would purchase the costumes designed and sewed by the inmates of the Sunyani Central Prisons.
Walter Hughes, a member of the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, USA, disclosed this during a working visit to officially inspect and handover a 40foot container, which was turned into a workshop for dress and doormat making for inmates of the Sunyani Central Female Prisons.
The workshop for dress and doormat was established by the Sunyani Central Rotary Club, as a measure to equip the female inmates with vocational employable skills, through the funding from a sister Club in the USA.
Sunyani Central Rotary Club, after establishing the workshop, provided an over-lock machine, two electronic sewing machines and four manual machines, as well as fabrics for the sewing and a start-up capital.
During the handing over of the workshop, Walter Hughes hinted that to help provide ready market for the items, the inmates will produce in order to sustain the project and the Rotary foundation would negotiate with an American Organization which would finance the project so that the products would be purchased by the American organization, based on the specified quantity and designs.
Before the handing over of the workshop, Walter Hughes and his entourage from the Rotary Foundation visited other projects such as a computer assembling laboratory for the Electrical/Electronic Engineering Department of Sunyani Polytechnic to train students and artisans in computer assembling and repairs, as well as providing practical stimulation lessons for students.
The entourage again went to the Odomaseman Senior High School to commission a mechanized borehole, which was provided by the Sunyani Central Rotary Club; from there they inspected a total of 25 micro-flush toilets provided by the club for households at Adantia in the Sunyani West District.
They visited the Sunyani Methodist Cluster of School, Fiapre Brofrease and Nsoatre to commission mechanized boreholes and hand pump boreholes to help address the water problems in those communities and schools.
Former President of the Sunyani Central Rotary Club, Rotarian Frank Kofi Owusu Debrah, indicated that the core values of the Rotary include sharing fellowship, promoting peace and understanding, and the respect for the dignity of every man and every profession, as well as embarking on humanitarian projects in communities.
He indicated that despite the challenges encountered by the Sunyani Central Rotary Club within the period of 2014 to 2016, the club has successfully achieved almost all activities earmarked for the period.
The Club has done projects across the length and breadth of Ghana to primarily create opportunities for people to improve their living conditions.
He disclosed that the Sunyani Central Rotary Club together with its partner clubs and districts mostly in USA, Germany, Canada and The Rotary Foundation since 2010 have implemented global grants (humanitarian projects) in many communities in Ghana, valued at about US$1.1million.
He said the projects are helping to improve lives and empowering schools, communities and individuals.
Some of the projects include provision of school libraries, construction of a mechanized boreholes, provision of micro flushed toilets in schools and communities.