The Chief Executive Officer of Share-Love Foundation, Miss Apreku Esther Adzo, on behalf of the Foundation has embarked on a donation exercise to Living Hope Orphanage Home in the Elmina on last Sunday, June 28, 2020.
As part of the donation exercise, assorted items such as nose masks, cooking oil, liquid soap, bags of rice, clothing, sanitary pads other essential materials were given to the orphanage to support the children.
Miss Apreku undertook the humanitarian exercise to mark her birthday celebration under the theme, “June Love” and the exercise was extended to friends, family and well-wishers who are born in June to actively participate.
As a humanitarian, Miss Apreku has set herself apart with her engagements in a number of such philanthropic activities. She has embarked on a number of donations and this activity is her maiden June-Love edition.
According to her, the drive for such humanitarian activities was birthed from her experiences growing up with a single mum under severe hardships and difficulties.
I am the second daughter of a single mom. Life has and was never easy for me. I understand the plight of having to live without a parent hence my drive to contribute my quota in whatever way I can. I am currently undertaking my National Service at the University of Cape Coast; I dont have much but I solicited for funds from friends and families and they came on board. You can see my bubbly friends; they are the reason this donation is a success. They gave me this as a birthday gift and I am grateful that they have helped make it a success,” she said.
She further revealed that her intention is to make it a yearly program of the Share-Love Foundation and called on friends, well-wishers and philanthropists to come in support of this noble project.
A Caretaker at the Orphanage, Mr Dadson, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Share-Love Foundation for the donation. He mentioned that it came at the right time especially in the wake of the Corona Virus pandemic.
He however bemoaned the directive by the Social Welfare of Ghana to let off the children when they attain the age of 18.
Mr Dadson reiterated that we started this orphanage in 1998-1999 and at the moment we have 21 children. It is the goal of the board of directors to train these children till they are able to stand on their own. We have some kids who will be turning 18 in a few years time and Social Welfare says at 18, these children should leave the home but this is Ghana. How will the children survive when they leave the home at that age?
He explained that the directive by Social Welfare beats the purpose of this orphanage because when the children leave this home at 18, what have they achieved to sustain them?
Mr. Dadson therefore called on the government to revise this directive and allow the children to stay in the home until they are stable enough to live on their own.
Credit to : Emmanuel Bartels Ankrah – Enfransmedia reporter