Ghana First Company Limited, experts in the construction of sanitary facilities in the country has, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, supported the Countryside Children Welfare Home in Bawjiase in the Central Region with a donation of large quantities of food and assorted items for the upkeep of the orphans.
The items which value runs into several thousands of Ghana Cedis include bags of rice, toiletries, cantons of bar soap, detergent, gallons of frytol cooking oil, biscuits, cartons of milk, bags of sachet water, bags of sugar, assorted and soft drinks among others.
The company also made a cash donation of GHC6000 for management of the Home to use in registering both the children and staff onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Addressing the children and staff during the presentation of the items, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana First Company Limited, Frank Akuley said the donation of the items, though little, is to add to the comfort of the children.
He said the children, all of whom have big dreams of becoming great in future need much attention, care and protection hence the gesture which, according to him will not be a one-day wonder.
He said the company will from time to time come to the aid of the children in order to help the teachers, caregivers and cooks to train them into becoming responsible citizens with achieved dreams.
Frank Akuley urged the teachers and caregivers to make it a duty to train the children to be responsible, stressing that they must instill in them, the culture of cleanliness and to take sanitation seriously.
He said poor sanitation has become a serious menace crippling the nation since government uses huge sums of money including a chunk of the NHIS Levy to fight filth.
According to him, those monies could have been used to support other government initiatives like the free SHS, construction of roads and schools if people adopt good attitude towards sanitation and companies go into waste recycling and processing.
He said sanitation education must be introduced at the lower primary level so that children can grasp the teachings at an early age to be able to grow with good habits.
On his part, Mr. Humphrey Patterson who received the items on behalf of management of the Home expressed gratitude to Ghana First Company Limited and promised to ensure that the items are used to support the children’ welfare.
Mr. Patterson who was enthused about the cash donation towards their NHIS registration said such support is rear and was so much appreciative that teachers, caregivers and cooks will all benefit.
He also said the Home is facing difficulty in paying salaries of teachers, caregivers and cooks, adding that payment of electricity and water bills is also a problem.
He appealed to corporate organisations and benevolent individuals to assist the home which currently has about 60 children under its care.