A FOURTEEN-YEAR-old Paul Aryitey of Tupaa Municipal Assembly Basic School in the Obom -Adeambra Constituency in the Ga South Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region, has appealed to well-to-do members of the society to consider support packages which will improve the lives of children in deprived communities and give them a hope to live.

Paul Aryittey said the state of children in deprived communities ?is deplorable? adding that they were cut away from the good things of life such as clothing, conducive environment for learning and recreational facilities that opened them up to new developments.

He said this in an interview with DAILY GUIDE during the launch of the 3rd Pumpkins Kids Charity and Fun Festival and Project Launch for the construction of a state-of-the-art classroom, library and ICT centre for the Tupaa Municipal Basic School on ?Thursday, December 5, 2013.

He lamented that the school which was founded in 1960 ?cannot even boast of any set of furniture, books and a number of other learning materials.?

Paul Aryitey added that under such deplorable situation, they were unable to compete with their colleagues in the cities and other urban communities in the BECE exams.

The National Early Childhood Coordinator, Doris Gyedu-Nuako, who represented the Minister of Education, commended Pumpkins Company Limited for championing the course to raise funds to provide a decent classroom and school environment for the community.

The Regional Director, Department of Children, Peter Akyea, said the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection would support any intervention from stakeholders that promotes the use of recreational activities for children.

He explained that such engagements served as a platform for children to learn and maintain good health.

Mr Akyea added that the introduction of Early Childhood Care and Development Policy (ECCD) by his Ministry ?takes into consideration a provision of services that promote the survival, growth, development and protection of the young child.?

The CEO of Pumpkins Company Limited, Baisiwa Dowuona-Hammond, said the organization had set itself to helping children in deprived communities.

Mrs Dowuona-Hammond said the Tupaa Project involved the provision of a waterproofing system as a temporary measure to keep the children in school even during harsh weather and a long-term measure of securing funding to provide a permanent state-of-the-art classroom block.

The CEO further said the ?Kids Charity and Fund Raising Festival will take place at the El-Wak Stadium in Accra on December 21, 2013 adding that a number of donors and children are expected to be part of the event.?

?By?Solomon Ofori

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