The Rotary Club of Accra-Ridge in partnership with the Rotary Club of Wa have donated solar rechargeable lanterns to two communities in the Jirapa District of Upper West West Region, namely, Somboro and Sietori to be distributed to about 100 households.
According to the President Nominee (PN) and Chair, Service Project Committee, of the Club, Sampson Djan Amoako, the club was mindful of the six areas of focus of Rotary International, and sought to impact positively on the communities in their Economic and Community Development.
The donation of the portable solar lanterns will extend their day time activities, thus improving their socio-economic lives, he said.
The project also targeted improvement on the Basic Education and Literacy of the communities by helping school children study at night. Easier ways of studying after school will make their academic records better with a sterling performance, he added.
He indicated that the project was supported with funds from the Rotary Club of Wa, in providing 100 rechargeable solar lanterns valued at about Nine Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 9,000.00).
The two clubs agreed to provide communities without access to electricity, and are currently not connected to the national grid of electricity supply annually.
Rotarian Sylvester Dery, the Service Project Director of the Wa club advised the heads of the community to share the lanterns equitably and not hijack them for their personal gains. Rotarian Agambire the Vice President of the Wa club noted that, the Upper West Region lacks development and it is time for other organizations in the region to support Rotary’s effort to Serve Humanity.
“…..See how leaders from different countries, with diverse cultures and occupations are taking action to improve education, empower the next generation and improving our communities. That’s the difference Rotary makes,” he asserted.
He stated that Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s pressing humanitarian challenges.
He disclosed that the Club connects over 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.
Their work, he noted impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.