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18.12.2005 Regional News

Church donates to orphanage

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Berekum (B/A), Dec.19, GNA - Miracle Ladies, Women's Wing of the Sunyani Branch of the Word Miracle Church International (WMCI) at the weekend presented quantities of items valued at five million cedis and a cash of two thousand cedis to the World of Friends Orphanage at Berekum in Brong Ahafo.

The items, included quantities of fruit drinks, a bag of rice, maize, cartons of milk, oil, key soap, second-hand clothes, loaves of bread, toilet rolls, omo detergents, banana and oranges. Making the presentation, Mrs. Becky Essuman, the group's branch President said the women's wing saw the need to donate to the inmates as they were under-priviledged and could not be left out during the Yuletide celebration.

She said true Christians owed it a moral obligation to give to the needy in society, including those who were in situations of destitution and extreme poverty.

Receiving the items, Madam Rosemary Yorke, Head of the Orphanage thanked the group for their symbolic gesture and asked for God's blessings for them.

Recalling events leading to the establishment of the centre, Madam Yorke said the Home was established by Dr. Britt Louise, a Swedish national on the 10th October 1994 with 25 children with the aim of building a centre to accommodate people with disabilities.

However, Madam Yorke said, plans could not materialize and this led to a change in the centre's course.

She said, the number of inmates have grown from 25 to 40 with 22 of them being girls. With the assistance of Non- Governmental Organisations some of the inmates have been enrolled in schools while others have taken to skills training programmes in painting, mechanics as well as barbering.

She reiterated that similar centres have been established in areas such as Mankessim in the Central Region, Suhum in Eastern Region and Nkoranza in Brong-Ahafo Region. She appealed to the government, NGO's and philanthropists to come to the aid of the home and assist it in financial or material way.

Present at the function were Rev. Patrick Adu-Twum, Head Pastor, WMCI, Sunyani, Elders Godwin Ayittah and Osei Owusu, Mr. Herbert Amenyedzie, Welfare Chairman; Deaconess Amponsah and Madam Afua Gyamfuaa, group's Secretary.