Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products is to spend more than $7,500 USD to feed the inmates of the Edwenase Rehabilitation Center in Kumasi, home for physically challenged students.
The Company has presented food items among others for the first quarter which includes, rice, cooking oil, palm oil, fish, tomatoes and onions. The rest are beans, salt, soap, washing powder and ice chest etc. to store food.
The prefect of the Centre Ebenezer Tetteh who received the items on behalf of the inmates expressed his appreciation for the Company’s enormous support to the Centre over the years and implored the Company to continue supporting them.
The Managing Director, Dr. Joshy Varkey tells Business & Financial Times that the Company is committed to its corporate social responsibility activities and has offered to feed the inmates of the rehabilitation centre for one year.
According to him, the amount set aside to feed the inmates for one year is drawn from the Holiday Care Fund of Barry Callebaut , Zurich and Nyonkopa’s Needy Project, a subsidiary and the local company. In an interview he said that the Company is extremely mindful of its community support responsibilities and will not relent in its effort to assist the community in which they operate.
Nyonkopa still continues with its Needy Project – where all employees contribute minimum one day salary every month – to support the farming communities in which they operate; to support orphanages, CHIPS compounds, schools , orphanages among other CSR activities and hopes to take it to higher levels by taking the purchasing clerks of the company into this scheme from this season.
In a related development, Barry Callebaut , Zurich and Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying Limited being a very socially responsible company has also renovated the washrooms as well as the sanitary areas of the Edwenase Rehabilitation Centre at an estimated cost of GH₵ 40,000 for both the male and female washrooms in last year , with the modalities. The washrooms have been fitted with new water closet, durable taps and wash basins and neatly tiled to provide improved hygiene for the inmates.
Nyonkopa is one of the fastest growing company in the Ghana and specially in its segment and has 475 employees on board as well as 6000 purchasing clerks and 850 community coordinators – all in 2 years of inception and actively present in over 100 cocoa districts with 74 000 registered farmers.
The Company by introducing and implementing the community coordinator style of functioning who are the face and voice of Nyonkopa, in the communities, has generated 850 plus jobs for youngsters in cocoa sector in last year and would increase this in the coming years.
The Company has dug 75 boreholes and has started solar lighting of 2000 farmer families and 400 communities all in just 2 years of its existence.