Kids at Heart Foundation, an all-women non-governmental organisation (NGO), last Saturday screened and provided medication for the children of Kinder Paradise Home at Prampram in the Ningo-Prampram District in the Greater Accra Region.
The children, who are between the ages of six and 18, went through eye screening and general medical screening conducted by a team of medical doctors which provided them with medication. Severe cases were, however, referred to specialists for further treatment.
Sponsored by individuals, Oyster Travel Limited, and Win-es Impex Limited, producers of Vitaflex fruit juice, Kids at Heart Foundation also presented food items, including bags of rice, cooking oil, bags of sugar, oats, bags of gari, detergents, soap, drinks and clothing, among others, to the home. The occupants were also refreshed with food and drinks as part of the Easter festivities at the end of the programme.
Members of the NGO, made up of ladies from different professions: medical practitioners, engineers, bankers, businesswomen, engaged the children in different social activities throughout the day as they mentored them.
The President of the Foundation, Dr Matilda Adda, in her opening remarks, said the aim of the visit to the home was to screen the children for eye and other diseases to detect conditions that needed attention in order to provide treatment and follow-ups.
She said managing such homes was a great task, and the group found it necessary, as part of its social responsibility, to extend a helping hand to the management of the facility to portray the motto of the foundation: “Connecting hands of hope,’’ adding, “We will continue to put smiles on the faces of our younger brothers and sisters in such situations when the need arises.’’
Kids at Heart Foundation International was established in 2000 by a group of teenaged girls to provide support in education, health care and infrastructural development to underprivileged children in society. The foundation has since then provided assistance to schools and orphanages through voluntary teaching, donations, healthcare support, and also offered scholarships to needy pupils and students in pre-tertiary institutions.
Other members of the foundation who took turns to address the children advised them to be obedient at the home and in school.
The Administrator of the home, Mr Eric Duodu, received the items on behalf of the Founder, Madam Silke Roesner, and thanked the NGO for the kind gesture.
On the challenges facing the home, Mr Duodu said getting philanthropic individuals and organisations locally, such as Kids at Heart Foundation, to support its operations, was the main problem the home faced and that it relies mostly on international donors, whose support was not enough for its operations.
He appealed to groups and individuals to visit the home and decide on the kind of support they could offer to “these little ones.’’
The children entertained their guests with choral music and choreography.