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24.12.2005 Regional News

'Capital 02' donates groceries to Children's home

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Accra, Dec. 24, GNA - Capital 02, a leading herbal medicine manufacturers and distributors, on Friday presented groceries valued more than 30 million cedis to the Osu Children's Home and spent an additional 10 million cedis to organise a Christmas party for the inmates.

The items included 10 bags of rice, five bags of sugar, several cartons of milk, 50 litres of cooking oil and medicinal products. Mr. John Daniel Otoo, Chief Executive of Capital 02, who presented the items, said the company considered giving, especially to the poor, as a divine mandate, which came with a blessing from God. He urged corporate organisations to make it a culture to support needy homes across the country to enable the kids to also enjoy normal lives.

Mr. Otoo noted that through such kind gestures most orphans and kids from troubled homes living at the various children's homes were now able to attend school and perform creditably, sometimes even better than their counterparts from regular homes.

He encouraged the inmates of the home not to allow their situation to deter them from feeling normal, saying that people like Dr. Mensa Otabil and himself (Mr. Otoo) had challenging backgrounds but had managed to rise to the top in their God-given carriers by dint of hard work, determination and God's grace.

Mr. Otoo assured the home that Capital 02 would always support it in any project it decides to undertake. "Please do not hesitate to call on us any time, any day and we will be more than happy to assist," he pledged.

Ms. Helena Obeng Asamoah, Manageress of the home, commended Capitol 02 for the donation and promised to use the items for the benefit of the children.

She said there were 150 inmates between the ages of two weeks and 22 years in the home, adding that 87 of the inmates were boys and the remaining 63 were girls.

Eighty-four of the inmates are in school through various financial supports from corporate and individual citizens. Ms Asamoah said the home tried to make the process of adoption of the kids "as flexible as possible" to enable interested couples adopt some of the kids permanently, adding that on the average 41 inmates were adopted in a year.

"We are trying to expand the accommodation facilities on the premises to accommodate more children and also run a nursery on the premises and we need the support of all Ghanaians to make the home a better place for the unfortunate kids," she said.

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