ADRA President visits Ghana

By
Emmanuel Asante Attakora, GNA

Accra, Sept. 9, GNA
– The President of Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Jonathan
Duffy, has touched down in Ghana to interact and know about some of the
Agency’s activities in the country.

ADRA, which is the
humanitarian arm of the Seventh – day Adventist (SDA) Church, undertakes
activities that are geared towards long-term development and sustainable
programmes as well as immediate emergency reliefs.

Speaking to the
media at the VVIP Lounge at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Duffy said
it was a great privilege to visit a country like Ghana with so much history.

“I have been
promising to…visit Ghana for three years now since I was appointed as the President
of ADRA.

“I am really filled
with a lot of anticipation about my visit, I have heard many good things about
Ghana and ADRA Ghana as well.”

According to Duffy,
ADRA as the charitable arm of the SDA Church, has a great interest in the prosperity
of the people within Ghana, and more than 33 years, ADRA has supported the
projects within Ghana.

In an interview with
Ghana News Agency, the former CEO of ADRA, Australia, said his visit would also
afford him the opportunities to advance ADRA’s work in Ghana and also enter
into new partnerships with other agencies to talk about how Agency’s and the
church could work together to make a difference in the lives of many Ghanaians.

“The visit will give
me an idea about the projects in Ghana with other international bodies in other
to advocate…I have heard about the standards of work here.

“Is not every
country you give aid and it becomes a success, but I have heard about the good
work of our aid here and I have come to compliment it.

“I know I will leave
with a lot of cultural practice about Ghana and the good work of the church.”

The one week stay
would afford Duffy the opportunity to visit partners and embassies in Ghana
including UNHCR and World Food Programme (WFP), the Embassy of Denmark/DANIDA,
the US Ambassador (Heads of USAID and USDA) and a strategic meeting with the
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Giving an insight to
Duffy’s trip, Dr W. K. Brown, Country Director, ADRA, said he would be visiting
the Valley View University, Ghana, a tour of the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and a
presentation on ADRA Ghana Projects.

Accordingly Duffy
would visit the Cape Coast Castle, Kakum National Park, and Mole National Park
to relish the beautiful tourist sites the country could boast of.

ADRA whose
philanthropic works cover education, health, food and security, micro finance
and economic security is currently operating from 139 countries and impacting
lives of about 20 million people worldwide.

GNA

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