By Laudia Sawer
Accra, Oct. 19, GNA – The Catholic Church as
part of its quest to provide free education to underprivileged persons, has
built a five-unit one-storey classroom block for the City of God community at
Old Fadama in Accra.
The building constructed at the cost of
GHS100,000, was funded by members of the Mary Mother of God Catholic Church,
Devtraco Court, Tema Community 25 and other Catholics in India and Italy.
It forms part of the ‘City of God Project’, a
humanitarian project, initiated under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese
of Accra to help residents of old Fadama in Agbogbloshie to obtain education
and health services.
Reverend Father Subash Chittilappilly,
Director of the City of God Project, said free education and free food would be
provided for pupils of the school adding that it would accommodate the
kindergarten and primary pupils as well as be used for adult school.
Rev. Fr. Chittilappilly noted that his outfit
has already registered 10 children to kick-start the school calling on
residents to enroll their children at the facility for them to acquire the
needed basic education.
He stated that there was enough room to
accommodate about 30 children in a room therefore parents must take advantage
of the project to educate their wards at no cost.
He revealed that the project which has been
running for about 10 years, also ran an adult school for school dropouts and a
free clinic service for residents.
The adult school, he indicated, had enabled
some of the school dropouts to learn, write and passed their Basic Education
Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior Secondary
Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
According to him, his outfit would in the near
future construct a library facility to promote a reading culture among the
youth in the area as well as a youth centre which would help harness and
develop talents in the area.
He appealed to Christians, corporate
organizations and individuals to support the project to help bring some comfort
to the deprived residents.
Mr Stephen Arku Sabah and Mr Alhassan Adams
Wugiti, residents, thanked the Catholic Church on behalf of the 16 ethnic
chiefs in the area promising to maintain the facility.
They noted that some non-governmental
organizations and philanthropists, used them to make money as they came to the
area to take pictures of them promising them to solicit funds for them abroad.
“However, these people and NGOs after taking
the pictures to give to their foreign partners and donors do not return to the
area to help us as they promised, even though they got the support they needed,”