The Regentropfen Education Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which provides support to needy, brilliant students in the three regions of the north, has been adjudged the Best Social Institution in Northern Ghana for the Year 2017 at the maiden edition of the Northern Investor Awards held in Tamale.
Sponsored by Investment Consult, Buta Photography, Tamale Film and Television Academy and the Ghana Young Entrepreneurs, the event aimed at encouraging investment of any kind in those regions.
The founder of Regentropfen Education Foundation, Rev. Father Moses Asaah, a Roman Catholic priest and social worker, established the foundation in 2012 and has over the years supported over 500 students in addition to the current 230 students who are in various tertiary institutions across the country, as well as senior high and junior high schools.
Apart from the charity work, the foundation, through the support of the Stiftung Regentropfen and individual donations from Germany, has built a university called Regentropfen University College of Applied Sciences (ReCAS) at Kansoe in the Bongo District in Upper East Region.
The university college, which is accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and is only three kilometres away from Ghana’s border with Burkina Faso, creates the platform for young men and women to develop their talents in various fields by studying for bachelor’s and diploma programmes in Business Administration, Basic Education, Accounting, Computer Science and Information Technology.
The college also offers French and Sign Language as compulsory subjects and gives scholarships to 30 per cent of the students.
Rev. Fr Asaah, through the Regentropfen Education Foundation, also provides food and shelter for orphans and other needy children in Namoo and its surrounding communities.
The Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional area, Naba Baba Salifu Leemyarum, who commended the founder for his award, described him as a man of many parts who was contributing significantly to the general welfare of the people.
He said the work of the foundation and the university college would help contribute to addressing poverty in the district and the region as a whole.
“I was not surprised when Fr Asaah’s Foundation was adjudged as the best Social Institution in Northern Ghana for the Year 2017. In fact, his contribution in the area of education cannot be quantified,” Naba Leemyarum said.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Investor Consult, Prince Siita Hissan Sofo, said the event sought to encourage investors and entrepreneurs in northern Ghana to compete with their southern counterparts.
According to him, over 200 nominations were received for 17 different categories and eventually 56 entries were shortlisted for the awards.
Speaking to the media on behalf of the founder of the foundation after the award ceremony, the Head of Finance and Administration of the foundation, Mrs Cynthia Apuusiyine, said as a Roman Catholic priest, social worker, and philanthropist, Rev. Fr Assah believed that every human being was made in the image and likeness of God and when empowered could help actualise one’s dream in life.
“The founder believes that no child should suffer the way he suffered when he was young and that prompted him to set up the Regentropfen Education Foundation and the university to support the people, particularly the vulnerable in society,’’ she added.
The Regentropfen Education Foundation received a Certificate of Excellence award and a trophy, in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the development of northern Ghana.
Other awardees were from government, the hotel and tourism industry, social entrepreneurship, health, education, media, agribusiness and fashion, among others. They included the Vice-President, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, Minister of Zongo and Inner City Development, Alhaji Boniface Abubakari Saddique; the immediate past central bank Governor, Dr Nashiru Issahaku, and the Minority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament, Mr Haruna Iddrisu. — GNA