Two non-governmental organisations, Dream Shapers Foundation and Masterpeace Ghana, as part of their end of year program have spent this year’s Christmas with the people of Tokpo in the Dangme West District (Greater Accra).
The two organizations first went to the community to renovate their clinic which was commissioned on the 2nd day of their 3-day event. The renovation included: painting of the clinic, fixing of fans, changing of the trap-door, windows among others. The organizations conducted free health-education and screening for a number of illnesses, notable among them were malaria, blood-sugar level and hypertension for the people in the community.
This was done in conjunction with the community health personnel.
In addition, as part of the NGOs vision to equip their beneficiaries with skills that could make them self-relaint, they took some of the community members into 5 skills training, namely; Tie-die making, Pasteries making, Liquid Soap, Hand Sanitizer making, and Antenna Fixing. Education was not left out of their power packed activities upon this, a reading contest was organized which was faced off by 10 contestants ranging from primary 3 to 6.
The contest also included a spelling bee and pronunciation session. Besides, other children in the community were not left out as there were various games for the children to play with bouncing castle among others.
The night of the 2nd day was crowned with a Carols Night for those who took part in the various activities together with the entire inhabitants of the community. The program was graced with the reading of the 9 lessons of carol and a performance by the Tokpo Cultural Troop.
Donation and Awards
The two organizations donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the people in the community and the clinic to protect themselves from the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Also, a wheelchair and other consumable and non-consumable medical items which were supported by Pharmanova Ghana Limited and Alma Medical Laboratory were donated to the clinic. Furthermore, all the trainees for the skills training were given equipments to start a business which was supported by Cherash Catch and Kasy’s Kitchen.
The children who contested in the reading contest were awarded with special items like, school bags, exercise books, reading books, pens, pencils, erasers and other stationery supported by Vidya Bookstore, Digital Aid International and Abikrong Ventures. Food items were given out and lots of stationery were given to all the children who were present.
According to the Senior staff of the clinic, the only health facility that serves the community needs a lot of assistance in terms of logistics and operational equipment. They, therefore, made an appeal to the government and their Member of Parliament to come to their aid. The two organisations made the gesture to augment efforts being made by the government and other non-governmental organisations to help the needy, especially those in the remote areas during Christmas festivities.
By: Prince Baffour Asamoah