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25.11.2005 Regional News

NGO assists girls in Accra communities

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Accra, Nov. 25, GNA - International Needs, Ghana, a non-governmental organisation on Friday presented sewing machines and hairdressing equipment worth over 60 million cedis to 65 needy girls to assist them to undertake a programme improve their lives. The programme was facilitated by nternational Labour Organisation's (ILO) funded Child Labour Project.

The beneficiaries, between the ages of 10 to 18 were drawn from La, Chorkor, James Town, Bukom and Korle Wokon. They would learn dressmaking and hairdressing and also benefit from training fee of 500,000 cedis per participant to equip them to face the challenges ahead.

The project, which was aimed at preventing them from anti-social practices that would result in contracting HIV/AIDS and to mould their character for a better future.

The Reverend Walker Pimpong, Executive Director of International Needs, who presented the items said the project was to eliminate social injustices in collaboration with the ILO to fight against child labour. He urged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the items given them and take their training seriously and advised their parents not to shirk their responsibilities to provide the needs of their wards. Nii Amasa Namoale, Member of Parliament (MP) for La Dadekotopon, who chaired the function, advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the facilities provided by the NGO to enable them grow up to become useful adults.

Nii Tackie Commey, MP for Odododiodoo, said every young girl has a potential and it was the responsibility of the parents to guide and nurture this potential into a good production, adding, "a committee had been set up to monitor these girls and make sure they learn the trade."

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