Barley 48 hours after the Daily Graphic published an appeal from 18-year-old Edward Elorm Gbanaglo for support to enable him to realise his ambition to become a medical doctor at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho a number of individuals and institutions have shown interest.
The Daily Graphic on Monday, February 22, 2021, carried a story headlined, “Orphan seeks financial support to complete medical school,” which said that Elorm, an orphan, was struggling to raise the needed funds to put him through medical school after his excellent results from the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) last December.
A former student of the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School, he defied all odds and secured six ‘A’ ones and two ‘B’ twos, gained admission to the university, but is on the verge of losing out because of financial challenges
Elorm, as he is affectionately called, fears he may not be able to complete the programme because he does not have a constant source of funding; thus he visited the offices of the Daily Graphic to tell his story and appeal for support for him and his two brothers.
He pleaded for support for him and his siblings because their grandmother, Mrs Josephine Gbanaglo, a petty trader, who has been taking care of them since their parents died in 2010 and 2019 respectively, could no longer ply her trade because of ill health.
On January 9, 2021, when Elorm gained admission, the university requested him to pay GH¢10,806.94 as fees for the 2020/2021 academic year, made up of university charges of GH¢5,337.94 and other approved charges of GH¢5,469.94 by December 22, 2020.
“Failure to do so would result in the forfeiture of your admission,” the letter granting Elorm the admission as a fee paying student, said.
Elorm expressed gratitude to friends of his late parents who mobilised money for him to make the initial payment but is worried that he might not be able to get sustainable support.
The young man’s appeal has triggered a number of responses and the burning desire of generous Ghanaians to support him and his siblings to pursue education to the highest level.
So far, over 12 individuals and some institutions have expressed the desire to support Elorm to pursue his medicine programme.
Currently, the Daily Graphic is arranging for a Trustee Bank Account to be opened in the name of Elorm and his siblings but for the meantime, all those who wish to support the Gbanaglos could channel their support through the Graphic Needy Fund Momo Account 0245311063 with ELORM as reference.
The Daily Graphic will acknowledge every contribution and publicise all the donations and support for the siblings.