SG-SSB SG-SSB Limited has completed the canteen for a Shelter for Abused Children at Osu, Accra, as part of its corporate social responsibility.

The structure, which has stood idle for many years, was painted by staff of the bank and handed over to the shelter.

The staff of the bank also assisted in cleaning the shelter and interacting with children on various levels to serve as an inspiration to them. There was a football match between the bank and children at the shelter.

Deputy Managing Director of the Bank, Borut Vujcic, said the programme is an initiative from their parent company, Societe Generale Group, since 2009 — dubbed Citizen Commitment Week.

?This event is marked in the group?s calendar annually in June for all Societe Generale entities to demonstrate our commitment to solidarity. It aims at combining team-spirit with the group?s commitment to the community by facilitating employee involvement in community projects.?

Manageress of the Shelter, Georgina Mensah, said: ?We want to say a very big ?thank you? to SG-SSB Bank; over the past four years they have transformed our facility. They started by painting our buildings and renovating our day-rooms for us, and changing the ceiling. 

?They have given us jumbo tanks to store water which can last us for a month without the taps; they have given us a computer laboratory equipped with 20 computers for the children. Today, they have come to complete and paint this canteen for us, which we couldn?t finish. They have been a blessing to us.?

According Madam Mensah, some of the challenges facing the shelter include parents not interested in coming for their children.

?Some of the children cannot tell where they are coming from, and occasionally we show them on TV and in the print media — but some parents see them but do not want to come for them. The shelter is supposed to be a temporary facility — therefore the children do not access formal education.?

She added that the resources needed to support the children are not forthcoming, even though the institution is a Governmental one.

?We feed the children, take care of their medical bills — but the resources needed for that is lacking.?

She therefore urged other corporate institutions and individuals to come to their aid. The Shelter for Abused Children was established in 2003 and currently houses 26 children.

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