Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) has donated items worth thousands of Ghana cedis to the Teshie Orphanage in Accra. Items donated included bags of rice, oil, detergents, soaps, beverages, among others.
Speaking at a short ceremony to present the items, General Manager Corporate Banking at UMB, Philemon Okyere Danquah, said: “As a leading indigenous bank, we prioritise giving back to Ghana. It is baked into our DNA, and our humble gesture today is in line with our actions since 1972. The youths are our future, and it is important that we all support efforts to nurture and train our children who no longer have the care of their parents. Christmas is an opportune time to show this love as we are all charged to do so by the example of the Lord’s birth.”
Mr. Okyere Danquah further explained that the orphanage was selected because of the great work they were doing to support the children in the home. He added that UMB will continue to support the good course of the orphanage, and further encouraged the managers of the home to remain steadfast in their good work.
Moses Lamptey, a manager at the home, speaking on behalf of the founder of the home, Mrs. Janet Parker, explained that the orphanage has produced graduates from both second circle and tertiary institutions in the country. “We have some children currently in the tertiary institutions, Senior and Junior High Schools as well as nursery schools, while others have also graduated from nursing training schools and other tertiary schools,” he added.
He further stated that they are building a new dormitory for the children, and also seek to increase the number of wards under their care. He appealed to other organisations for support for the home, specifically to complete the dormitory.
The Teshie Home School, instituted by Mrs. Janet Anekey Parker – in consultation with some persons in and around the Teshie township, has over the years taken care of a number of needy children, turning them into responsible citizens.