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Wed, May

Foundation gets support to build two-storey school block

Mr Emmanuel Ashong (6th left), Past Patron of Queen Elizabeth Chapter Number 9 and Grand Lodge Ambassador, performing a ceremony to mark the commencement of the project. Assisting him are Ms Esther Dede Lawer (5th left), AID-OUT GHANA, and Nana Akua Amoah (3rd right), Founder/CEO of Stand Up for Kids Foundation. Picture: Maxwell Ocloo

The Amaranth Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, PHA State of Ohio, has presented $10,000 to Stand Up for Kids Foundation for the construction of a two-storey school block to provide decent classrooms for children of the foundation at Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region.

The school block will replace the old building which served as classroom for the children.

Currently, the three-classroom block which accommodates the over 140 pupils of the foundation is in a dilapidated state.

Ceremony

At the tape-cutting ceremony at Rahmah Town in Dodowa, the Past Patron of Queen Elizabeth Chapter 9 and Grand Lodge Ambassador, Mr Emmanuel Ashong, said the classroom block would be completed in eight months.

According him, the chapter realised that the foundation was in dire need of a classroom block to cater for the learning needs of the children in the home and those in the nearby community.

He said the block would have offices for teachers, spacious classrooms, restrooms, common room and storage room, adding that, “As a chapter, we are committed to seeing to it that this classroom block is finished on time.”

According to Mr Ashong, the group was already holding discussions with the foundation to establish an exchange programme in the not-too-distant future.

Appreciation

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Stand Up for Kids Foundation, Nana Akua Amoah, expressed appreciation to the donors for the gesture.

She said a lot of companies had promised building a school block for the foundation but that had not seen the light of day.

“Some groups have come to make promises’ they have gone as far as securing funds to help my foundation, but never come back to fulfil their promises. So I am overwhelmed and excited about how far this has come,” she said.

Ms Amoah called on Ghanaians to give extra care to the underprivileged in society.

For her part, the founder of AID-OUT Ghana, Ms Esther Dede Lawer, who was the link between the donors and the foundation, also said she was happy to have played a role in the partnership.