Bolga MP supports needy children, mothers
2008-07-30 21:44:28This article has been read 1447 times.In order to put smiles on the faces of needy children, and their mothers in his constituency, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central Constituency, Mr. David Apasera, has provided bed-nets and food items to some communities in the constituency.
He has also registered 800 children and their mothers, under the National Health Insurance Scheme, and would renew their memberships, next year when they are due for renewal.
He also intends registering such vulnerable people, in eight communities of the constituency. The purpose of the assistance was to help parents and their children, living in extreme poverty, survive.
Disclosing this to the Upper East File, the Programme Manager of Support in Northern Ghana (SINGh)-Africa, a UK-based charity organization, Mr. Frank Adabare, through whose outfit the packages were given, described the MP’s move as social, and not political.
One of such children, who benefited from the MP’s kind gesture, was Master Kwari Soore, who suffered a liver and kidney complication, and had to undergo surgical operation at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Mr. Adabre explained that funding and planning of the organization was done in the UK, while implementation, monitoring and oversight responsibilities, are carried out in Ghana. It has its headoffice in Bolgatanga.
Sirigu, Afrikids-Ghana, and British Women Association, are some of the organization’s partners, with financial assistance from the SWEZHAND Foundation and Beacon House among others.
It started in September 2002, as Support Life Africa Project (SLAP), but was later changed to SINGh, with its aim of embarking on tangible projects, with emphasis in some particular areas, to leave viable indicators/impacts in these areas, after its operational period.
This is to affect and improve the lives of the beneficiaries.
Mr. Adabre, said technically, the organization was operating in only the Bolgatanga Municipality and Talensi-Nabdam District in the Upper East Region, while studying some communities in other districts of the region, and operating in them on a pilot basis.
According to him, because of partner networking, other projects in Wa and Kumasi were enjoying his outfit’s strategies, and receiving the module on a macro finance system being adopted by these areas.
Mr. Adabre said from June 2007 to June 2008 alone, the organization had created an enormous impact in four communities in the Talensi-Nabdam District, such as Kpatia, Kpaali, Gbeya, Galgbane and Soe in the Bolgatanga Municipality.
In all these communities in the Bolgatanga Municipality and Talensi-Nabdam district, SINGh Africa has supported 75 children, through its health support objective, educational support component, macro finance component, and sustainability component, and secure and livelihood component. These are the four main objectives of the organization.
He explained that the educational support component was where direct financial assistance was given to children, providing them with uniforms, books, paying their PTA dues, and other related fees, to ensure that these children stayed in school.
Kpatia, the largest community among them, has been provided with a library, which children can access, and is being monitored by the community members.
Under the macro finance component, Mr. Adabre said, women were being trained to be familiar with skills in managing money, and the system of loan repayment, before the money is disbursed to them.
He said about 200 women have benefited from ¢275 million of the macro finance component. And with their practical, friendly and flexible recovery method, it has made recovery of loans very superb. This system, he added, was a non-banking centre.
Touching on the non-sustainability package in the Talensi-Nabdam District, he said some children had been provided with two goats each, to rear for their future up-keep, after the organization withdraws from the area.