The items included 40 bags of rice, five gallons of cooking oil, six buckets of washing soap, toiletries and a cash of GHc2,000 to support their upkeep.
A senior aide to Mrs Osei Opare, Mr Frank Asiedu Bekoe, who presented the items on her behalf in Cape Coast last Tuesday said Madam Osei Opare had been involved in philanthropic work for a long time and was committed to supporting persons with disabilities.
He said Mrs Osei Opare had made similar donations to the Akropong School for the Blind, Jamasi School for the Deaf and the Egyam Children’s Home in Takoradi.
Mr Bekoe noted that the gesture was to reassure persons with disabilities that all was not lost and to encourage them to believe in themselves.
The Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan, who was part of the Chief of Staff’s entourage, also gave an assurance that government would continue to provide the conducive environment for persons with disability to thrive.
The Headmaster of the School, Mr Setumte Ametewee, thanked the Chief of Staff for the gesture saying that many of the students were from deprived backgrounds and such donations would go a long way to support their upkeep.
He used the occasion to call for support for the celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary next year.
Mr Ametewee called for the construction of the school’s road network indicating that the poor and bumpy nature of the road was a hindrance to the movement of particularly the visually challenged students.
Cape Coast School For The Deaf And Blind Commends The Church
Mr. Setumtee Ametewee, Headmaster for the Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind has commended members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their support to the school. His remarks came after members of the Cape Coast stake of the Church, paid a visit during the All Africa Service Project to donate assorted sanitary items to the school.
In response to the benevolent gesture, Mr. Ametewee advised students who are privileged to receive support from their parents and guardians to make good use of the opportunities at their disposal.
He said, “In my several years of work in the institution I have come to realized that there is a relationship between poverty and disability”.
Mr Ametewee further appealed to individuals and corporate institutions to support the visually impaired children with learning materials since lack of these materials militate against teaching and learning at the school.
Four hundred and forty-five volunteers, including key opinion leaders, dedicated 890 hours to complete three projects which included a tour of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital and Komenda Health Center. Activities at the health centers included, washing of the hospital nets, weeding, desilting of drains, cleaning of restrooms and scrubbing of the compound.
After the exercise at the Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital, volunteers led by the Relief Society Presidency (The Church’s womens organization) donated 50 plastic chairs to the hospital’s maternity ward.
Miss Mercy Baaba Sam a midwife, who received the chairs on behalf of the hospital, said “we are in dire need of it, now our visitors will get a chair to sit on when they come around. We are very grateful and happy for this kind gesture and hope for more donations”.
Mr. Samuel Mensah who represented the Assembly Member for Komenda during the project, said “I have not witnessed such an activity by any group in this community. If all organisations are to follow suit, the facilities will be a good one to visit always”.
The annual All Africa Service project is one of the Church’s social responsibility programs which offers members the opportunity to serve their communities in diverse ways.