The church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints [cjclds] has organised this year’s Africa service project called the Mormon helping hands. These activities are a yearly calendar programme aimed at cleaning our environment especially where the church has its branches.
As part of the project and in these regard the tesano stake of the Mormons assembly numbering over 150 members cleaned the alajo and surrounding communities constituting the tesano and alajo units of the church. The clean-up exercise saw volunteers cleaned gutters, clearing market filths, debris and garbage burning.
The president of the tesano stake of the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints Daniel Ankonu Abeo explained that the project is an effort of extending hands to compliment the effort of the local residents and the assembly in cleaning the areas in which they leave and which also happens to be the residing abode of many of their church members.
According to Mr Abeo the church has the responsibility of preventing diseases and hence reducing the cost of health care and keeping a healthy society.
The president said the project has existed for close to 5 years and mostly undertaken in august. Mr Abeo was however quick to dispel the notion that the helping hand project was in relation to the cholera outbreak in Ghana.He said the project is normally slated in august which is a project calendar of the church.
When quizzed in an interview with press men about perception people had about the church as being reserved, Mr Abeo said currently, the church has a public affairs unit, which will liaise with the public to create a very warm atmosphere with other churches.
The communication and public affairs director of the tesano stake of the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints Vivian Ntiriwaa Addae said the Mormon helping hands programme brings together members of the latter day saints and theirs neighbours to provide community service. These volunteers in their trademark yellow shirts help people whose lives have been affected by natural disasters and other emergencies. Mormon helping hands also partners with government and non-profit organisations to support and improve the communities where they leave.
The helping hands project reflects the desire of Mormons to follow the example of Jesus Christ by serving others. The effort receives resources from church humanitarian services and the projects are co-ordinated by local church by local church leaders.
She said the Mormon helping hands programme was established in 1998 and since then hundreds of thousands of volunteers have donated millions of hours of service to their communities.
Madam Vivian Ntiriwaa Addea said the volunteers who participate in the Mormon helping hands programme finds real happiness when they think outside of themselves. She said’’.
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