The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) in the Northern in collaboration with the Ghana Hotels Association has donated assorted items to the Nazareth’s Home of God’s Children in the Mion District of the Northern region.
Similar donation was made to the Yumba Special School in Tamale.
The gesture was in commemoration of this year’s National Chocolate Day which falls on February 14 every year.
Presenting the items to the Nazareth’s Home of God’s Children, the Assistant Regional Manager of the GTA, Jonathan Twum-Osae said the reason behind the donation was to put smiles on the faces of the children and make them feel part of society.
“We are here today to show our love [and] our support to the kids here to make them feel that they are not alone, they are not neglected, they are being cared for. We are here as Ghana Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Hotels Association in the region, some restaurants in the metropolis and other generous individuals to give our widow’s mite to this institution for them (the children) to also enjoy the day as National Chocolate Day,” he stated.
The caretaker of the home, Rev. Sister Stan Terese Mario Mumuni disclosed that the home, over the years, has saved many children who have been rejected or abandoned by their parents.
She explained that children in some communities in the past were killed or subjected to inhumane treatment as a result of their birth defects.
“The reason we founded this home is because so many years ago, children were killed because of their birth defects. Hydrocephalus children were considered witches and wizards, evil in the community, in the family and as such they didn’t want them to live. Children with Down syndrome were considered witches and wizards. Even when women die during child birth those babies are not allowed to live. They are considered witches and wizards who killed their mothers during birth. This is the reason why we think that these children have every right to live because God created each and every one of us and gave us life, why should others be denied the opportunity to live?” she quizzed.
The home also accepts day old babies who have been abandoned by their parents after birth.
Touched by the conditions at the facility, the secretary of the Ghana Hotels Association, Gilbert Dery promised to seek support for the home to help resolve some of the numerous challenges it is faced with.
“What we have heard, I will carry back to our forum, the need for sponsorship for [the] children. We will also try to create a platform to ensure that the government, which is providing for a lot of children and cannot do many of these things alone, will take interest in the Nazareth home,” he assured.
At the Yumba Special School in Tamale, the headmaster and staff of the school were full of gratitude and appealed to the donors and the general public to continue to support the school to achieve its set objectives.
By: Yahaya Masahudu, firstname.lastname@example.org