The Ghana International Women’s Club (GIWC) has donated items worth over GHC60,000 to the Akropong School for the Blind to support their upkeep and academic work.
The items donated included goods ranging from food items, pharmaceutical drugs, and academic materials.
Among the food items donated were; bags of maize, rice, gallons of oil, boxes of canned tomatoes, canned fish, soft drinks and biscuits. Academic and craft items included bundles of cane, nylon twine ropes, plywood and gallons of white glue.
According to the club President, Jacqueline Ahomka-Lindsay, every year, the group donates to support various institutions that care for the underprivileged as part of their welfare programmes.
These donations are done over the Easter and Christmas periods alongside major projects such as donation of the C-arm imaging machine for the Radiotherapy and Nuclear Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital as well as the refurbishment of the Ridge Hospital maternity theatre.
This year the club has made welfare donations in excess of GHC150,000 and has undertaken projects in excess of GHC350,000.
Madam Ahomka-Lindsay further said that: “Because they are familiar with us, they do send in their request from time to time and we decide whether it’s going to be for project or welfare. This year the support that the Akropong School for the Blind asked for is that they wanted materials for their vocational departments to help them with art and craft and to build structures that will facilitate movement within the campus. So, we felt that because we are in the season of goodwill, we will also provide food items for their provisions as well as throw a christmas party which we know the kids will enjoy
Responding to how easy or difficult it is to accumulate the items for donations and projects, Madam Ahomka-Lindsay said: “We are 62 members strong and we are made up of women from all over the world who are here in Ghana. So, when we have to donate, we either provide support by ourselves or go to companies to seek support. Because we’ve been consistent, we have established relationships through our members with the companies, manufacturers, wholesalers and suppliers. Consequently, we can rely on their unflinching support to give graciously to facilitate what we do.”
She confirmed that the club will continue to make a positive difference as they have been doing since 1980.
On her part, the Chairperson for the Club, Madam Samilia Kanj, said: “The welfare department is charged to see to the well-being of our beneficiaries. This year we’ve been able to visit the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, the Osu Children’s Home and the Dzorwulu Special School. We came here first of all, because we wanted to see what the Akropong School for the Blind needed from us and secondly, we wanted to move a bit out of Accra.”
Speaking to the media, Madam Narh, the Headmistress at the Akropong School for the Blind thanked the Ghana International Women’s Club for their tremendous support to the students and the school in general over the years. She also urged other institutions and stakeholder organisations to emulate the works of the GIWC in order to give the students the needed materials for learning.
The Ghana International Women’s Club is made of women from all over the world presently living in Ghana. They have a membership of 62 women. The focus of the group is to support women, children and the vulnerable in society.
The club has been in existence for 38 years and have so far been involved in a total of 117 projects including the construction of a Basic school in Brekusu in the Eastern Region of Ghana. They also make welfare donations to at least five institutions annually.
The group expressed their gratitude to Printex, Amani Industries, Bake Shop Classics, Simavi Company Ltd., Bakeshop Classics, Aqua Fresh Co. Ltd., Mass Industries, Frankies, foodtech.ltd., Gokals Ltd., and Letap Pharmaceuticals for donating items in support of this welfare presentation.