A Kumasi-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), B. Y. Foundation, has initiated a partnership with various stakeholders in selected communities to fight poverty and enhance the dignity of affected communities.
The President of B.Y. Foundation, Mr Yaw Barwuah, disclosed this to the Daily Graphic at the end of a series of meetings with some stakeholders in Kumasi.
The foundation, which was founded in 2011 is currently operating in 10 countries with its prime focus on Africa. It is also spearheading the fight against malaria in Togo and drug addiction in Durban in South Africa.
The NGO, which began its operation in South Africa was credited with leading the fight against Xenophobia during the reckless killing of blacks and other people from African countries.
With the support of Global Policy and Advocacy Work, the B.Y. Foundation has already rolled out a programme of providing a book and a pen each to pupils in various parts of the country.
The beneficiaries so far are James Town in the Greater Accra Region, some parts of the Ashanti Region, including Effiduase, and parts of the Western Region. Mr Barwuah and his team are also supporting some street children and helping to rehabilitate drug addicts in Kumasi.
While touring the city to help poor children, the NGO was touched by their plight and thus added another project that will provide wheelchairs to a number of physically challenged youth to ease their pain.
But key to its philanthropic duties is its ‘Back to School Project’ especially at Nzulezu in the Western Region, where various programmes have been designed to get the children back into the classroom. Aside from books and pens, B. Y. Foundation has taken upon itself to clothe and provide other basic necessities for the pupils.
‘Our aim is to deliver humanitarian and development assistance to anyone in need, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, political affiliation or sexual orientation,’ Mr Barwuah said.