GhanaMade Company Limited has organised and sponsored a day-trip to the Kakum National Park for the residents of ?Save Them Young? — an orphanage located at Bethlehem, an Ashaiman suburb.

Explaining the reason behind her company?s decision to organize the trip for the residents of the orphanage, Mrs. Comfort Aniagyie, Managing Director (MD) of GhanaMade, noted that it was to help Ghana and Africa at large to achieve total economic emancipation.

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?One of the means to do that is to catch our children young and get them to appreciate the key pillars to achieving economic independence. One of these pillars is nature conservation, and using the Kakum National Park — which is the second-largest National Park in Ghana — is a good example for the children,? the GhanaMade MD remarked.

According to her, the children learnt a lot from the knowledgeable and indefatigable tour guide through whom they learnt that the Kakum National Park covers a rainforest area of 375sqkm. During the excursion that lasted well over two hours, the children were informed that the park is a home to about 550 species of butterflies, 400 species of bird, 100 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians and other larger mammals like forest-elephants.

The main attraction of the excursion was the Canopy Walk, which really elicited peals of fear-tinged laughter from the children. ?The excitement induced in them, we hope, will make scientist out of a good number of them,? Mrs. Aniagyei stated — adding that it could only accrue to the benefit of Mother Ghana.

The children, she pointed out, see the benefits of internally-generated eco-tourism with streams of mainly local tourist climbing up the Kakum hills to have the Canopy Walk experience. Continuing, she commented: ?We at GhanaMade believe that this will help imprint on their tender minds an appreciation of how the conservation of nature and the environment can earn Mother Ghana sustainable economic benefits as opposed to the environment-destroying galamsey operations?.

Touching on the performance of GhanaMade during the year 2013, Mrs. Aniagyei stated that sales were generally high in all her outlets ,and expressed appreciation to all her workers who worked tirelessly and were always present in all the company?s outlets to ensure that customers were always attended to.

Turning her attention to customers, especially the company?s loyal customers, she said she is appreciative of their continuous loyalty to GhanaMade and hinted that she is considering opening other outlets to meet the requirement of the ever-increasing customer base in other parts of the country.

She said the recognition of GhanaMade?s performance by the Association of Ghana Industries is an indication that the company is doing well, and quickly stated that she is delighted that GhanaMade?s performance over the five years since its establishment has caught the AGI?s attention.

?The recognition really came to us a pleasant surprise, and I must say that this will further spur us to do a lot more in marketing and promoting made-in-Ghana products,? she pointed out.

Concluding, she told this paper that GhanaMade donated wholly made-In-Ghana products valued at over GH?3,100 to the orphanage. The products included Oman Ba fragrant rice; broken rice for waakye, omo tuo and rice-water; vegetable cooking oils; bathing soaps and body creams; as well as a Gas Cylinders for cooking their meals.

Speaking about their experiences, some of the children said even though they were initially scared to go on the Canopy Walk, they later realised that it was fun after all.

A Senior Home Mother at the Orphanage — Doreen Coffie, who accompanied the children on the excursion — thanked the GhanaMade MD for the kind gesture and hoped that the children will build on all that they have learnt on the trip.

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