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15.12.2005 Regional News

A Kumasi-based NGO donates materials to 500 school children

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Konogo-Odumase(Ash), Dec. 15, GNA - Rural Care Network (RUCNET) a Kumasi-based NGO has for the past year spent over one billion cedis towards provision of water, health facilities and teaching materials to some selected communities within Ashanti region. It provided potable water to Atimatim in the Kwabre district and Kumawu in the Sekyere East district, clinics at Ankam in the Amansie West district and Bonwire in the Ejisu-Juaben district.

Dr Okyerema Addai Mununkum, Executive Director of RUCNET announced these when the NGO donated teaching materials to selected school children at Konongo-Odumase in the Asante Akim North district and Ejisu in the Ejisu-Juaben district on Wednesday. They were school uniforms, notebooks, exercise books and sandals for 500 school children. The beneficiary schools were, Odumase Anglican Primary school, Patriensa S.D.A Primary school, Nyaboe Methodist Primary, Krofa Local Authority JSS and Kyekyebiase District Assembly Primary and JSS all within the Asante Akim north district.

Beneficiary schools within the Ejisu-Juaben district were Duampompo District Assembly Primary and JSS, New Koforidua District Assembly Primary and JSS, Boankra District Assembly Primary and JSS, Nobewam District Assembly and JSS and Hwereso Roman Catholic Primary and JSS. Dr Mununkum said the package to support needy but brilliant pupils and students in the rural areas would also cover 500 pupils and students within Sekyere East and Amansie East districts. He said the organization's objective was to improve on health care needs of rural dwellers to enable them contribute meaningfully towards the socio-economic development of the country.

Dr Mununkum said the organization had planned to assist farmers in the rural areas and provide them with inputs to enable them improve on their yield and productivity. Mr Thomas Ofori Danso, Catechist of the Anglican church at Konogo-Odumase and Mr George Padmore Mensah, Ejisu-Juaben District Co-ordinating Director, on behalf of the children, thanked the organization for the gesture and were optimistic the assistance would help promote education in the areas.