Reverend Charles Barifi Ahwireng of the Aburi Presbyterian Church, last Sunday, held a fundraising ceremony to mobilise more funds towards the construction of a two-storey 200-bed capacity boys’ dormitory for the Presbyterian Secondary Technical School (PSTS) in the town.
The ceremony coincided with Reverend Ahwireng’s 50 years of service to God.
Last Sunday was the second time Reverend Ahwireng had raised funds for the project, which was started in July 2019.
The first ceremony to raise funds was in February 2019, when the former police officer pooled GH¢400,000 to begin the project, which was scheduled to be completed in two years. However, given the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions, the project stalled.
Both funds were coordinated by loved ones of Reverend Ahwireng and special fundraising services the by Aburi Presbyterian Church held to meet the need of the school.
The PSTS has a boys’ dormitory named after him, Reverend Ahwireng, but as a result of heavy congestion, he decided to raise funds to put up a new and more befitting dormitory.
Speaking at last Sunday’s programme, which was graced by Professor Emmanuel Martey, a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Reverend Charles Barifi Ahwireng thanked his friends, both at home and abroad, the Aburi Presbyterian Church, and the teaching staff of PSTS for helping him raise over GH¢100,000 more to continue his dream project.
“This is in fulfilment of a dream in which I was able to put up a structure for somebody. Visiting this school a couple of years ago, and seeing the dormitory named after me, I concluded that, that was the dream I had. And I thank God that what He reveals to do in people, He wonderfully provides the way out,” Reverend Ahwireng preached.
The Headmistress of PSTS, Mrs. Joyce Appiah, elated by the vision of Reverend Ahwireng for her school, gladly announced the progress the school had made in academics since 2016 when the institution reached the quarter-finals in the National Science and Maths (NSM) Quiz, the semi-finals in the same competition in 2018, and then placing third in the 2022 Eastern Regional Quiz Championship, thereby qualifying the school again to participate in this year’s NSM Quiz.
Commending the teachers for giving off their best to keep high academic and moral standards among the students, Mrs. Appiah, however, enumerated some other pressing needs of her school, with particular mention of the horrible state of the Science Laboratory.
“Though we have, again, qualified to participate in the National Science and Maths Quiz, we have a terrible Science Laboratory. We appeal to the Ministry of Education, all past students who are in good financial standing, and philanthropists to come to the aid of PSTS,” Mrs. Joyce Appiah concluded.