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Catholic church supports community

BY: Daily Graphic
Members of Kantro Mmaa Nkabom Kuo with Sister Colette (left)
Members of Kantro Mmaa Nkabom Kuo with Sister Colette (left)

A predominatly female group, “Kantro Mmaa Nkabom Kuo”, based at Kantro, near Fiapre in the Sunyani West District of the Brong Ahafo Region, has received training in income generating ventures, such as soap making, pomade and perfumes manufacturing, batik tie-dye, basic record keeping and adult education.

 Project

The project was initiated by the St Peter’s Catholic Church in Fiapre and supported by Sister Colette Beru of the Medical Mission Sisters. The group has trained about 40 females and three males from Kantro, a deprived community, about seven kilometres away from Fiapre and inhabited mainly by settler farmers. The project is intended to make the beneficiaries economically independent as well as improve their standard of living.

According to Sister Colette Beru, the project is also aimed not only at ensuring spiritual growth for the participants by way of the Gospel, but to also empower the women, especially to contribute meaningfully towards uplifting their families, community and the larger Ghanaian society.

Appeal

She said the project, which is barely a year-old, was yielding positive results. She, therefore, called for support from individuals, corporate bodies, NGOs and local authorities to make the project even more successful and sustainable in the years ahead.

The Parish Priest of the St Peter’s Catholic Church at Fiapre, Monsignor George Kwame Kumi, at the official inauguration of the group last Sunday, urged Christians to give practical meaning to the religion by sharing whatever they had with needy and deprived persons in society.

Monsignor Kumi, who doubles as the Vicar General of the Sunyani Diocese of the Catholic Church, reminded Christians that their true Christian living must be about love for one another, compassion, fellow feeling and working to improve the quality of life of others.

The special guest of honour at the function was the President of the College of Organisational Development (COD), Dr Gabriel Benarkuu. He charged the leadership of the group to uphold its constitution in order to ensure discipline and accountability, which are hallmarks for growth and sustenance.

He also urged members of the group to work hard to make the group stand out in both the Brong Ahafo Region and the country as a whole.

Legacy

Dr Benarkuu further urged the group to endeavour to leave a positive legacy behind for posterity by reinvesting part of their profit in long-term business ventures.