The staff of GRO Oilfield Alliance Ghana Limited – specialists in oilfields services – has presented two 43-inch Television (TV) sets and some assorted drinks to the Twin City Special School at Essipong in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
“The presentation is in honour of a late staff of the company, Aran Chada, who had an interest in supporting the special children, but passed away in a tragic incident in an effort to save his son,” Akpene Sunu, General Manager of GRO Oilfield Alliance Ghana Limited, explained to B&FT in an interview.
The TVs, he said, are in response to an appeal made by the school when the company visited some months ago to inquire what the children needed. He praised the management and staff of the school for the love and care they continue to exhibit toward these children with special needs and prayed for more strength for them to continue the good work they are doing, Mr. Sunu added.
Twin City Special School
Mrs. Crescentia Efua Bilson-Sai, Headmistress of the Twin City Special School, was overjoyed with the presentation made by the company.
She said the school had a population of almost two hundred children, coming from the Western Region and beyond. “Although there are about 28 Special Schools across the country, most parents prefer ours, but boarding accommodation has always been a challenge to us.”
“We have only one-storey building which serves as a boarding facility – the girls occupy the top floor and then the boys are at the ground floor. Also, we have an infirmary in the school, but it needs to be refurbished since we send the children to a health facility close by when they are sick; there is no doctor or nurse stationed here,” she explained.
She pointed out that government supports the school fully, but it’s not enough as they are always in dire need. “Individuals and other institutions have been supporting us, but we are appealing to churches, groups as well as birthday celebrants to also visit and support the school.”
Mrs. Bilson-Sai further mentioned that the special children are trained in vocations, such as bead-making, pillow, door mats, among others.
“Those who are smart do further this vocation to the Catholic Vocational Special School at Fijai, near Takoradi while others who have seizure, cerebral palsy, and autism remain here because it is difficult controlling them.”