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20.11.2008 Social News

Nkwabeng Unity Fan Club assists CILIA Orphanage

By Micael Boateng, Sunyani - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Nkwabeng Unity Fun Club in Sunyani has completed a one room building at the cost of GH¢1,000, to be used as a library by the Compassion Is love In Action Orphanage (CILIA) at Yawhima, near Sunyani.

The club also donated items worth thousands of Ghana cedis to the Home. The items included, bags of sugar, clothing, loaves of bread, biscuits and a cash of GH¢70.

Handing over the facility to the school's authorities, the Chairman of the Unity Fan Club, Mr. Samuel A. Apenteng, said it was important for individuals and organisations to assist government, in providing quality education for as many children as possible, to accelerate the country's socio-economic development.

“The government alone cannot ensure the education of all children in the country, and the private sector must therefore assist in that direction,” he said.

Mr. Apenteng said inmates at the orphanage could become very useful citizens if they are given the necessary support, and urged other individuals and organisations in the municipality to assist them.

He pledged, on behalf of the club, to regularly offer support to the home, saying it gladdened the hearts of members of the club to bring joy to the needy in society.

The Chief Executive of the CILIA Orphanage, Rev. Mrs. Charlotte Osei Kwarteng, thanked the donors, and appealed to other organisations to assist the Home.

She said the establishment of the Home was her contribution to providing hope and a future for needy children in society, whose present situation had come about through no fault of theirs.

The Manager of the Home, Nana Kwame Adu, commended the club for assisting them, saying the donation had come at the appropriate time, and urged other bodies to come to the aid of the institution.

“I must admit that what the club has done is most timely, and would go a long way to assist in educating the children,” he said, adding that “management of the home faces several difficulties, and we would appeal to the general public to support us, either in cash or in kind.”

He said assisting the needy played an integral part in the Kingdom of God, and asked for God's blessings for the club.

Nana Adu, who is the Krontihene of Yawhima, said running a Children's Home had become essential to economic development, and every effort must be made to assist them.

The Queen of Yawhima, Nana Mary Ansu, also thanked the club for assisting the home.

She said management of the home had a good vision in establishing the home in the area, and added that they must be supported to assist needy children in the society.

She advised members of the club to lead decent lives and avoid backbiting, gossip and the destroying marriages.

“You must be careful in the kind of relations you develop, and desist from destroying marriages, since by so doing you incur the wrath of God,” she said.

Nana Mary Ansu urged the club members to be content with whatever they have in life, assist the needy at all times, and always be thankful to God.

In a related development, the wife of New Patriotic Party's (NPP's) flagbearer, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo Addo, has donated GH¢1,000 to the CILIA Orphanage.

Mrs. Akufo Addo said she had the welfare of children at heart, and promised to pay particular attention to women and children, when she assumes the role of Ghana's First Lady in 2009.

Accompanied by wives of most the 2008 presidential aspirants of the party, Mrs. Akufo Addo appealed to management of the home, to retain the NPP to ensure continuity of the many development projects in the country.

Rev. Mrs. Charllotte Osei Kwarteng thanked Mrs. Akufo Addo for the donation, and pledged total support for her.