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12.11.2014 General News


Fallout from ‘Eye of the Lord Orphanage’ Story
By Samuel Ansah Boateng
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Beleaguered proprietor of the 'Eye of the Lord Orphanage' in Otoase , a suburb of Nsawam in the Eastern Region, Samuel Kwarpong Darko, will today face the law at the District's Magistrate Court, to show cause why he should not be convicted for operating an illegal facility.

According to the Nsawam District Police Commander, Mr. Kamkam Boadu, investigations conducted by the police revealed that the visually impaired proprietor had operated the orphanage without a license, after this paper's expose', and as a result had committed a criminal offence , contrary to the law.

The suit follows the expiration of a seven day ultimatum issued to Mr. Kwarpong last week, by the Social Welfare Department, to produce chapter and verse account on the orphans.

Although the police, during their investigations established that about forty (40) of the supposed orphans had been sent back to their parents, (living in the same Otoase Community) Mrs. Comfort Asare, the Deputy Director of the Social Welfare Department believes it was not enough.

According to her, government had been able to trace the parents of the supposed orphans, and soon would organize a workshop for the guardians to the children as well as the media, to educate them on the dangers in leaving children at the mercy of wolves in sheep's clothing.

She said her department had filed its report to the Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, and are waiting for her approval to take further action against Samuel Kwarpong Darko.

Readers would recall from our previous publications revealing the plight of the about 60 children in Otoase, left at the Mercy of visually impaired Samuel Kwarpong Darko, which sparked many controversies between legal luminaries, human right activists, media houses and the Department of the Social Welfare.

The story hinted at how a documentary was stage-managed to catch eyes of philanthropists.

However, Nana Hemaa Dokua, founder of Ohemaa Dokua Foundation, also a purported financier of 'Eye of the Lord Orphanage' last Friday, on Rainbow Radio International (a UK based radio with affiliation in Ghana) bemoaned the said documentary which was going viral.

According to her, those scenes in the documentary were unbelievable because she had personally solicited for funds, both in cash and in kind in the past three years for the orphanage.

Worried Nana Dokua, during her 'Wo Haw Ne Sen' programme urged the general public to ignore those scenes in the documentary, as she appealed for more funds through her foundation's account to put up a three bedroom house for the orphanage.

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