Private orphanages appeal for scholarship for inmates

Government is being urged to absorb cost of educating children in private orphanages and child centres in the country.

Social worker, Nii Afotey Botwe, says continued denial of state support for such children hampers their development while exerting pressure on limited resources in care homes.

Managers of orphanages across the country are feeling the pinch of current economic challenges, as they struggle to keep children happy.

 They cite increase in utility tariffs, high school fees in the face of dwindling public support cause donors rather prefer to reach out to state-ran homes.

New Life Orphanage at Nungua in Accra is home to 65 children, 10 of who are in senior high school.

Proprietor, Nii Afotey Botwe the first, says it is becoming increasingly difficult to manage the facility.

‘People see private orphanages like they belong to individuals so we don’t want to support. We would rather go to the government homes to support so donations have been very difficult’.

Nii Botwe wants government to consider inmates at private orphanages for scholarship to relieve managers of the difficult task of taking care of vulnerable and the poor.

‘We are running our own school. We don’t have students paying school fees so for you to pay teachers at the end of the month is another difficult task. We pay utility bills; electricity and water bills. For you to take care of such bills become very difficult.

We are working towards that to see if we can get scholarship. We are appealing to government to assist us with trained teachers’. Nii Botwe appealed.

Meanwhile,  BAM Mining, Equipment and Construction Ghana Limited which is into mining, construction and equipment sales and leasing has presented food, clothing and cash totaling three thousand cedis to the home. 

The presentation is third time in a row this year the Tema-based firm has reached out to the poor and vulnerable as part of its corporate social responsibility after a similar program at the Kiddies School at Prampram.

 Chief Executive, Michael Benziecie, who is inspired by his Godfather, Prophet T.B Joshua challenges Ghanaians to pay attention to the poor and vulnerable.

‘Look at how many kids who end up in a small home without enough beds to sleep on. As little as we can, we should also save a bit of money to also look at less privilege people and also see any way possible and also help them’. Story by Ghana | | Ohemeng Tawiah/Ghana/Nhyira FM

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