Christian Foundation donates uniforms to Upper East Basic Schools

240 students in public basic schools in two Districts of the Upper East Region received new school uniforms from The Haven of Love Children’s Foundation, a non-governmental Christian organisation.

The Belempiisi Primary School in Binduri, as well as the Vambara D/A Primary and Bugwia Basic Schools in Garu, were among the beneficiary District schools.

In the various schools, officials of the Foundation personally dressed the pupils who were previously in mufti, with the new school uniforms, which were totally estimated to cost GH¢14,000.00.

Mr Samuel Nana Bekai Djirackor, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the Foundation had over the years operated in rural communities in the Bawku West District.

He said leadership and management of the Foundation treasured children and therefore, decided to extend its activities to rural

communities in the Binduri and Garu Districts.

“We realised that a lot of children are from poor homes and by extension, they do not have school uniforms to go to school,” adding that children who attended school in mufti, were often affected psychologically in the midst their colleagues wearing uniforms.

“Most of the children in these communities do not want to go to school because of that. They feel that the school is not as important as being at home, and we realised that the future leaders of Ghana may be from these rural communities,” Mr Djirackor said.

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He said the initiative also afforded the Foundation the opportunity to encourage the pupils to go to school and open their minds to the fact that education was the gateway to growth, prosperity and enlightenment.

The CEO thanked Ebony Events in Accra, the Elect Enterprise in Nigeria, and other donor partners around the world for their contributions to support. He also appealed for additional collaboration from businesses and individuals to assist scale up the programme so that it can aid more rural communities.

Students from the three beneficiary schools expressed their gratitude to the Foundation and asked for additional assistance, such as shoes because some of them had to walk barefoot to pursue their studies.

On behalf of the parents, Ms Salome Atibilla, a guardian of a student at the Vambara D/A Primary School, thanked the Foundation and begged for God’s blessings so they may continue to assist their children.

Mr Moses Seidu Kuni, the Head teacher of the Vambara D/A Primary School also thanked the Foundation for the gesture and appealed to the government and other NGOs to support the school with furniture and stationery.

Although the Garu District Assembly had given them some furniture, he claimed that it was insufficient and favourable to the Kindergarten section, where students sat on the ground to study.

Before the school’s lone borehole, which was built a few years ago and was broken, Mr. Inusah Madi Tobur, his colleague at the Bugwia Basic School, also made an appeal for water before attempts to have it fixed had failed.

He claimed that even if the School Management Committee had made a small financial contribution towards the capital demanding repair work, it was insufficient.

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