DSP Hannah Sackey and Madam Emma Boafo Yeboah flanked by some of the Sudan returnees, inmates and staff of the home during the donation.

FIFTY POLICEWOMEN who recently returned from a UN-AU Peace-keeping mission in Sudan have donated items worth GH¢2500 to Countryside Welfare Orphanage at Bawdwiase in the Central region.

The items included mattresses, pillows, cartons of milk, bags of rice, soaps and detergent among others.

The donation was made to show appreciation to the Almighty God for his guidance and protection throughout their stay inSudan.

DSP Reverend Hannah Sackey, Chaplain of the Police Hospital and the Odorkor Police Church was the leader of the contingent.

She presented the items and expressed the hope that they   would mitigate some of the home’s challenges.

Emma Boafo Yeboah, founder of the Countryside Welfare Orphanage Home was elated over the visit of the “50 warriors” noting their donation was timely. She said caring for day old babies has not been easy as they needed a special infant diet to survive.

The home also lacked inadequate funds in redeeming its utility bills.

Further, the daily ration for the 140 children the home was caring for was a herculean task.

She disclosed that some unscrupulous persons went to market centres and begged for support in the name of the home but brought nothing to them.

Madam Boafo explained that her outfit hardly went in the open to beg for succor for inmates and asked the public to be wary of such persons as they could be fraudsters.

Finally she urged other well meaning Ghanaians and persons from all walks of life who are interested in the welfare of children to come to the aid of the facility.

Countryside Welfare Orphanage Home was started in 1981 with six children by Madam Boafo and a white missionary couple.

In 1983 whenGhanawas plunged into famine, the missionary couple left the shores ofGhanaleaving the six children in the care of Emma Boafo.

Because of her emotional attachment to the children she chose caring for them over her education.

Since then the number of entrants has been increasing and currently, the home has 140 children under its tutelage.

Currently the home has 23 of its inmates in various senior high schools across the country, 7 in polytechnics and universities and one in nursing training school.

Over 5 who have completed junior high school are yet to enter secondary schools of their choice.

The orphanage prides itself in farming as it has over 70 acres of land it uses for crops and animal farming.

Recently, thieves raided the home’s cattle ranch and stole over 25 cattle.

The home has a workforce of about 65 who are mostly volunteers or usually under paid.

It runs a school from crèche to junior high school on its compound for inmates.

About a year ago, in a bid to integrate the children with other children from their environment, the home started admitting children from outside at a cost of GH¢5 per month but Madam Boafo said patronage was low as only less endowed parents enrolled their wards compounding their problems as they could not afford the GH¢5 fee.

The school she noted has qualified teachers from the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the pupils mostly got 100 per cent passes when they sat for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

She therefore encouraged well endowed parents in the area to enroll their children at the school to boost its revenue.

BY Rocklyn Antonio

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