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02.07.2005 Regional News

1.3 billion cedis buildings commission at Gomoa Fetteh Orphanage Home


Gomoa Fetteh (C/R) July 2 GNA- Two Orphanage buildings financed by a philanthropist, the Barnett Family of the United States at the cost of 1.3 billion cedis was on Friday commissioned at Gomoa Fetteh Village of Hope in the Central Region to help solve accommodation problem facing the home.

The buildings, each containing twenty-four rooms and sitting rooms, were commissioned by Mr. Don Barnett, head of the Barnett family who named them (buildings) after his late first and second wives, Mrs. Joy and Carolyn Barnett. According Mr. Barnett who is a member of the United States branch of the Church of Christ, owners of the Home, the Barnett Family were moved by the good work of the Home.

In his welcoming address, the Vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the Home, Mr. George Coleman said that the Village of Hope, a non-profit humanitarians project of the Church of Christ caters for 232 orphans, needy, destitute and abandoned children from all over the country. He said in their Residential Programme, 78 children are in their three Houses on Campus while 51 are in their non-Residential Programme.

Mr. Coleman said the Home has 40 street boys and 40 girls whom they feed, clothe and teach the Bible and counsel, adding, "we also seek to give them employable skills so that they can better fit into the society and that 14 of these children are in various apprenticeships." He said that Village of Hope has also begun a Vocational Training Centre at Ayawaso in the Greater Accra and 9 children are undergoing training.

Mr. Coleman said that with the commissioning of these house, the children in a rented house at Gomoa Fetteh town would be brought to the campus and some more children on their waiting list would be added to raise the number of the Residential children from 78 to 101. He appealed to the Ministry of Roads and Transport and the Department of Feeder Roads to rehabilitate the road from Fetteh linking the Akoti Junction-Senya Beraku road to enable their guests and donors to have easy access to the orphanage. Mr. Coleman also appealed to corporate bodies, individual and other NGOs to donate generously to support the good social services the Village of Hope is already providing.