BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
A US-BASED children’s medical services charity, Amazing Grace Children’s Foundation (AGCF), has presented stimulating growth materialsto the patientsat the Children’s Ward of the Cancer Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to help their treatment.
The exercise is to show the foundation’s commitment and effort in championingthe Millennium Development Goal five, which focuses on the improvement of maternal and infant health and also show of love and care to underprivileged children.
The donation was led by the founder of the AGCF, Dr Gloria Nimo, and forms part of series of activities earmarked to champion the foundation’s goals and mission to, among other things, construct a children hospital at Prampram.
In an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE after the exercise, the vice president of AGCF, Dr Paule Joseph, said, “We decided to donate to Korle-Bu Teachings Hospital Children Ward because we want to put smiles on each child’s face.”
While describing the exercise as heart-warming, she said “we brought them toys and it brought what we wanted to see in the underprivileged children.”
“We saw the parents being happy, we saw the children with happy faces and that was one thing that we wanted to do. The children at the cancer ward do not have the opportunity to play with one another but at least giving them toys one after the other they can play,” she observed.
Children hospital at Prampram
She told the paper that as part of their mission, “We do this a lot. So part of the mission of Amazing Grace Children Foundation is to provide healthcare to children from different groups and our goal is to build a children hospital in Prampram and also to bring healthcare in other countries in Africa.
“Even though this was the first time of donating items to the Korle-Bu hospital, the foundation has done a lot of things in other health facilities like PrincessMarieLouise Children’s Hospital before. We have gone to several orphanages like we went today, and we do this very often.
She added that “even if we are not here we send donation from the US back here and we provide those things.”
Director of Volunteer Services at AGCF, Dorian Royal, said the experience with the children at the Korle-Bu Cancer Unit “was very heart-warning to see them make efforts to please us for the things we have done and we feel motivated for the kind of things we do.”
According to her, “we try to visit hospitals where we have heard ofchildren needs, so that what we do benefits them, and parents who have to adjust to stress can actually appreciate the efforts that weput in to do something for them, for their children and those children who are in the nursing homes.
She added that the exercise was also “to lift their (children’s) day because we know that they don’t have the same opportunity that we have and they are not as fortunate as we are.”
Dr Michael Akinyemi, a medical officer at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, told the paper that “the care we give these children is directed at fixing their conditions, but their psychology is also very important to the outcome that we are looking for, which is improvement of care.
He therefore expressed gratitude to the leadership of AGCF for the kind ,saying “when we make the children happy and let them know that we love them, it also help us in our mission to make them better, so that is why we are grateful to what Amazing Grace Children Foundation has done”
According to him, for the time spent with the children and the smile, “you could see smileson their faces despite the challengesthey are going through. It is a great feeling and we are very happy for that.”
They also donated items such as books, learning games, different toys that will help with the stimulation of the children growth and things.
Chosen Children Home
From Korle-Bu, the AGCF members went to the Chosen Children Home at Darkuman in Accra to donate similar items. The caretaker of the Home, Gity Annan who received the delegation on behalf of the home said the school was started as a rehabilitation centre but was later converted into a children home. According to her, there is a collaboration with the social welfare so children whose parents are not know were brought to the home. The home has 68 children and 10 volunteers.
Miss Anna however expressed gratitude to AGCF for the gesture and prayed for God’s blessings for them, saying “we thank them for the good things the have brought to us and we appreciate it more. It will open the children’s mind and help them in their development.”
She therefore called on other philanthropists to emulate the kind examples of the AGCF. The director of the Chosen Children’s Home is Gifty Mensah Bonsu.