A ceremony has been held to commemorate the 40 years of existence of World Vision Ghana (WVG).
National Director, WVG, Dickens Thunde in his address stated that since the establishment of WVG in 1979, they started working in response to the economic and social challenges in some parts of the country during that period and has since “…remained dedicated to working with the most vulnerable children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice, inspired by Christian values.”
He continued that being a Christian organization, they seek to support the “Spiritual Nurture of Children, Staff Spiritual Formation as well as Church Partnership and inter – faith engagement.”
In spite of the many successes they’ve chalked so far, he emphasized that they will continue to work with the government of Ghana, children, their families, stakeholders and partners to ensure the country become a conducive environment for all children.
Mr. Thunde added that as they have been relying on external supports since time immemorial, WVG in the nearby future will focus on working with suitable “local corporate institutions, groups and individuals to come out with home grown local resource mobilization solutions.”
The Board Chair, WVG, Baba Mahama in his speech said, “…WVG aspires to a Ghana in which children can enjoy life in all its fullness. We believe we are called to empower communities and collaborate with the church, civil society, partners, donors and government to walk with and learn from children as we focus our mutual efforts…and sustaining the well-being of children.”
Carla Denizard, West African Regional Leader noted that, “Looking at where the children are today, we cannot give them a better future alone but together and by the grace of God we believe we can have a transformational impact…we at World Vision want to go far and we want to go with you.”
Some areas of achievements of WVG over the years include Children Protection and Advocacy, Health and Nutrition, Relief and Disaster Management, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Livelihood, Education, Strategic Areas for Collaboration.
The anniversary celebration which was in a form of Thanksgiving Durbar was held on November 28, 2019, at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ridge, Accra and chaired by Nana Kobina Nketia V.
There were some stage performances by the Winneba Youth Choir, Poetry Recital by Nakeeyat Dramani Sam, who won TV3’s Talented Kids Season 10 at age 7 earlier this year.