Zion Helping Hand Foundation, a charity organisation which seeks to continue touching and changing lives within the society, has donated household items worth thousands of Ghana cedis to 1,450 inmates of the Ankaful Maxim Security Prisons to support and put smiles on the faces of the less-privileged.
The donation forms parts of the foundation’s core aim to give back to society and activities marking their 3rd anniversary celebrations. The items, worth over GH¢13,000, included toiletries, clothes, food, beverages, shoes, among other items.
Chief Executive Officer for Zion Helping Hand Foundation, Emmanuel Amenigye, said the gesture was to extend the love of Christ to the inmates, and give them hope as well as support the vulnerable and needy in the society. “From its inception to the present, the foundation’s vision has been to reach out to the less-privileged and vulnerable members of society through donations and the word of God,” he said.
He said the foundation is open to outside support, and is prepared to work with other stakeholders who are eager to support in giving back to society, adding that the move was also made to visit and interact with inmates and learn how best other stakeholders could help the inmate.
“To continue our charitable efforts, we are inviting all interested parties and philanthropists to join forces with us. In order to better care for society’s vulnerable members, we are interested in forming partnerships,” he added.
Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Prisons Service – Central Region, Vicent Zinne, praised the foundation for their kind contribution, and urged other cooperative organisations to join in to help the government’s attempt to provide for the prisoners.
“On behalf of the prisoners and the staff here, I would like to express our gratitude for this kind act. This act of kindness makes them feel special and has a significant positive influence on them. Because of your actions and visits, they feel at ease and are always happy to see you – which makes our job as prison officers very simple,” he said.
The celebration also included a tour of the Volta Region, a health walk, and the foundation’s official opening.
Since its establishment in September 2019, the foundation has made donations to a number of organisations, including the Lighthouse Orphanage Home in Aburi, the Orthopaedic Training Centre in Nsawam, three villages in the Eastern Region, two different schools in the Northern and Oti Regions, and the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.