The Greater Accra Ladies wing of the Union of Commerce, Industry and Finance (UNICOF) has donated items worth GH¢7,000 to the Echoing Hills Children’s Village at Madina near Accra.
The items, which included clothes, shoes, washing soap, cooking oil, toilet rolls, five cartons of milk, three cartons of milo among many others were delivered to the home last weekend as the union’s commitment to show love and care to the less fortunate.
The Chairperson of the union, Ms Gifty Winful, explaining the rationale behind the donation, said it was part of their corporate social responsibility.
She said the union had a programme dubbed “Make a Difference Day” under which they make donations to their members each year, saying this year they decided to rather make the donations to the less fortunate who needed those donations most.
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“This year we decided that instead of sharing with our members, we would rather share with the needy because we can at least, afford those items and it is not appropriate to keep accepting those donations”.
“Christmas is a time of giving and sharing and we don’t have to only share with those who are closer to us but also extend it to the less privileged and that is where lies our blessings,” she added.
The Sector Manager of the Village, Rev. Lawrence Lamina, who received the items on behalf of the home, commended UNICOF for its support.
He said the donation came at the right time because the facility was going through difficulty in feeding the over 50 inmates who were under its care.
He said the donation would relieve them of that challenge and also help improve the quality of life of the children.
He further called on individuals and other stakeholders to come to the aid of the home.
He explained that the facility was not operating under the support of the government and due to that they had been faced with many challenges.
According to Rev. Lamina, the major challenge of the facility was the funds to provide the inmates with medical treatment.
He said most of the children in the village had health issues which were not covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the facility had to bear the cost each time they were taken to hospital.