MAREDES reaches out to dam spillage victims at Mepe
The Marshallan Relief and Development Services (MAREDES), the charity wing of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall, last Friday donated relief items to the communities affected by the spillage of the Akosombo and Kpong dams at Mepe in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region.
The donation was done in collaboration with the Tema Region, led by the Regional Grand Knight, Worthy Bro Lawrence Atumbini and the Regional Noble Lady, Respected Lady Sis Doris Ocloo.
Items such as bags of rice, cooking oil and beverage, drinking water, clothing, beddings and hygiene materials were donated.
The Board Chairman of MAREDES, Worthy Bro Dr Andre Kwasi-Kumah, presented the items to the Parochial Vicar of St Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Battor, Rev. Fr Emmanuel Akordor, SVD, for distribution to the people of Mepe, which is an out-station of the Parish.
Dr Kwasi-Kumah gave an assurance that beyond the donation, MAREDES would organise counselling sessions for the victims to address their emotional trauma.
It is estimated that about 26,000 people upstream and downstream of the Akosombo and Kpong hydroelectric dams have been left homeless after spillage of water from the two dams.
Receiving the items on behalf of the victims, Rev. Fr Emmanuel Akordor SVD, the Parochial of St Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Battor, under which Mepe is an outstation, thanked the MAREDES team for the timely intervention and asked other organisations to follow suite.
He expressed his appreciation to the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall for always going to the aid of people in need.
He assured that the items would be fairly distributed to all affected persons.