The management of Ecobank Ghana has presented a number of items to the Dzorwulu Special School in Accra, as part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility of supporting the less endowed in society to nurture and develop their potential.
The items included 10 bags of rice, five bags of flour, five crates of fish, five boxes of tomatoes, 10 sewing machines, 10 hairdryers, two computers and 100 plastic chairs.
The donation was made last Saturday in response to a request made by the school to the bank, to support it to develop its vocational unit.
The presentation, on the theme, “Every child in Africa deserves a better future,” formed part of activities marking the celebration of the 2015 Ecobank Day.
The rationale behined the donation was to support the authorities of the Dzorwulu Special School, to remain focused on their quest to provide employable skills to those with intellectual disabilities to enable them to live decently.
In appreciation of the support, inmates of the school held the management and staff of Ecobank spellbound with a colourful azonto dance, choreography and musical chairs competition which drew much applause from the enthusiastic crowd at the ceremony.
In her address, the Managing Director of the Pan African Savings and Loans unit of the bank, Emelia Atta-Fynn, said notwithstanding the fact that many governments, institutions, non-governmental organisations and bilateral donors in Africa were contributing in diverse ways to support the underprivileged in society, more needed to be done.
She said Ecobank Ghana had, therefore, identified the Dzorwulu Special School and others across the country and would support them in diverse ways, especially in the area of education.
“We at Ecobank believe that education is the bedrock of development, and educating the youth of today will prepare them to face the complexities of the future,” she said.
She announced that the bank had initiated a three-year scholarship scheme for 25 brilliant, needy students across the country at the senior high school (SHS) level, to help the beneficiaries to build their capacities.
While urging the school to make good use of the items presented and maintain the sewing machines and hairdryers well, to enable them to serve the purposes for which they were presented, the MD reiterated the bank’s commitment to support the well-being and economic development of the less-endowed communities in the country.
Earlier in a welcome address, the headmistress of Dzorwulu Special School, Veronica Sackey, said Ecobank’s quick response to their needs reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to support everyone in society, irrespective of the person’s status.
She assured the school of the commitment of the staff to nurture the inmates to enable them to acquire employable skills that would make them live decently.