ASA Savings and Loans Limited has presented items worth GHc7, 000 to the Catholic Special Vocational School at Fijai, a suburb in Takoradi.
The items are five ceiling fans computer and it accessories, a printer, scanner and photocopier machine as well as students’ mattresses, basins, detergents, assorted drinks and biscuits.
Mr. Mainul Islam Mallick, Western and Central Regional Manager of ASA Savings and Loans Limited at the presentation of the items said “the donation forms part of our company’s Corporate Social Responsibility”.
“We always share our profit within the communities in which we operate across Africa and Asia by organising health screening, supporting educational institutions as well as the less privilege in the society” he said.
He explained that the company was established to support Small and Medium Enterprises and women groups to grow, expand as well as maintain their businesses by giving them soft loans“this, in a way helps to alleviate poverty in the society”.
According to him, the company has 17 branches and 96 business centres across the country and announced that ASA, has introduced educational loan for its members to support the education of their children.
Mrs. Rose Margaret Nyamson, Headmistress of Catholic Special Vocational School said that the school was established in 2003 by the late Bishop Martin Darko who was then the Bishop of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese of the Catholic Church.
According to her, the Bishop did not want to see children with intellectual disability roaming on the street hence, the need to bring them together to establish a school for them to learn a vocation.
The school, she said which started with 12 students currently boast of over 100 students and in 2010, government absorbed the school to support it.
“In 2014, government donated a school bus and other institution also came in to support us and then last year, when we celebrated our 15th anniversary, the wife of the Vice -President, Samira Bawumiah supported us to start the construction of dining hall and a kitchen” she added.
She mentioned that these intellectually disabled students are trained in beads making, batik, tye and dye; “to enrich our curriculum, we have introduced kente weaving and poultry as well as rearing of rabbit which was supported through the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly’s Common Fund”.
Mrs Nyamson said expansion for both boys and girls’ dormitory and a classroom block are some of the challenges of the school; there should be five students to a teacher but since we do not have enough classrooms it becomes very difficult for us”.
Mrs. Margaret Botsio Abakah, Special Education Coordinator at the Metro Education Office expressed gratitude to ASA Savings and Loans Limited for the continued support to Special Schools within the metropolis.
“You have proven that you indeed, share your profit with the communities within which you operate and encouraged other institutions to also support schools within their catchment area” she added.