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01.08.2005 Regional News

Four orphans receive help


Amoanda (W/R), Aug. 1, GNA- Forum for Adolescent Concerns and Transformation (FACT), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), based at Bogoso has donated items valued at four million cedis to four orphans of Amoanda D/C Primary School at Amoanda near Huni-Valley in the Wassa West District.

Presenting the items that included uniforms, school bags, books and footwears, Mr Benjamin Agbeko, Executive Director of the NGO, said FACT was taking care of 95 orphans from 10 communities in the district, out of which, 65 were in school while 30 were out of school learning various vocational skills.

He said a research carried on orphans and the vulnerable in the district last year, by Hope for African Child Initiative (HACI) an NGO, indicated that a total of 1,850 orphans and vulnerable people were living in the area.

He said HACI in conjunction with CARE International, also an NGO, was funding FACT to cater for orphans and the vulnerable.

Mr Agbeko said FACT with support from HACI would also establish a youth center at Bogoso, which would have a library, recreational center and counseling unit.

The Executive Director, said apart from FACT taking care of the orphans, it also undertakes HIV/AIDS education, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and commercial sex workers. Mr Agbeko appealed to people living with HIV/AIDS to register with FACT for support.

The chairman of the Parents Teacher Association of the Amoanda D/C primary and JSS , Mr Baidoo Cudjoe who received the items on behalf of the four pupils thanked FACT for the assistance and appealed to it to extend the gesture to other vulnerable and orphans in the school.