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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Sunyani Central Rotary Urges Ghanaians To Be A Gift To The World

The President of the Sunyani Central Rotary Club, Rotarian Frank Kofi Owusu Debrah has called on Ghanaians to notwithstanding their economic or social status develop the act of given to make the world a happier place to live.

Speaking at the Club’s Presidential Ball and Fundraising Dinner Night, Rotarian Frank Debrah entreated all to be a gift to the world, by demonstrating the sense of charity to the poor and needy, as well as being patriotic to the service of the country.

He indicated that as Rotarians, their core values include sharing fellowship, promoting peace and understanding, and the respect for the dignity of every man and every profession, as well as embarking on humanitarian projects in communities.

According to Rotarian Debrah, the Presidential Ball and Fundraising Night is an annual event where new leaders of the Sunyani Central Rotary Club are chosen to lead the club for a year, however it is always the event for assessment of the club’s activities.

He indicated that despite the challenges encountered by the Sunyani Central Rotary Club within the period of 2014 to 2015, the club successfully achieved almost all activities earmarked for the period.

The Club has done projects across the length and breadth of Ghana; from Upper West to Western Region and many other parts of the country to primarily create opportunities for people to improve their living conditions.

He disclosed that the Sunyani Central Rotary Club together with its partner clubs and districts mostly in USA, Germany, Canada and The Rotary Foundation since 2010 have implemented global grants (humanitarian projects) in many communities in Ghana valued at about USD1.1million.

According to Rotarian Debrah, when the value of matching grants implemented between 2008 when the Club was chartered by Rotary International are added, the quantum of money invested in projects is over USD 1.5million, whiles beyond  the matching/global grants, the club on its own, has supported individuals and deprived institutions to the value of several thousands of Cedis.

He said the projects are helping to improve lives and empowering schools, communities and individuals, which some of the projects include re-roofing of the Kindergarten block and provision of a school library at Nyamaah Basic School, construction of a mechanized borehole and renovation and re-roofing of one classroom at Kotokrom M/A Basic School, construction of security fence wall around South Ridge Model School at Baakoniaba, all in Sunyani Municipality in partnership with rotary districts and club in Nanaimo area in Canada.

Within the same period, the Sunyani Central Rotary Club partnered with rotary clubs and districts in USA to provide 60 micro flushed toilets in three schools, Chiraa Model School, Estate Experimental School and Mmeredane Basic School and three communities; Yawsiekrom, Kobedi and Nkrankrom No.1 and 2. The Club also provided 55 refurbished computers and accessories to Boahenekoko Presbyterian Basic School, Estate Experimental Basic School and Nyamaah Basic School to improve the teaching and learning of ICT.

Eleven schools and communities including OLA Girls’ Senior High School, Bormaa Senior High School, Odumase Methodist Basic School, Estate Experimental School, Awiam, Sewua(Ohukrom) and others were provided with boreholes, he explained that in some of these projects especially the mechanized boreholes and computer laboratories, the club partner with the PTAs to implement the projects.

Again, the Club has also turned a 40foot container into a working workshop for dress and doormat making to inmates of the Sunyani Central Female Prisons as a measure to equip them with vocational employable skills, which was funded through a club in the USA.
The club is also supervising the construction of a 3-unit classroom block at Tonsuano in the Dormaa West District funded by a church and others in the USA.

Currently, the club is working with Sunyani Municipal and Sunyani West District Assemblies to drill 31-boreholes in communities selected by the assemblies from their medium term development plans. Within the same global grant, the club shall provide 100units of micro flushed toilets in communities and school.

The grant would also provide the Electrical/Electronic Engineering Department of Sunyani Polytechnic with a computer assembling laboratory to train students and artisans in computer assembling, repair and troubleshooting as well as providing practical stimulation lessons for students.

The workshop for the female prisons of the Sunyani Central Prisons would be supplied with sewing machines, equipment and materials to make the workshop fully functional for the inmates and generate revenue for the upkeep of the inmates as well.

He disclosed that the club is working with its Canadian partners to supply high capacity blood bank refrigerators to Sunyani Municipal Hospital and Bechem Government Hospital to help improve the availability of blood for transfusion when necessary.

The club also anticipates the start of a medical project with our German partners to provided training for specialized medical personnel and supply of equipment for the provision of Ear, Nose and Throat medical services at the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman.

Submitted By: Kofi Oppong Asamoah

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