…Launches 10years Anniversary
The humanitarian mission, embarked upon by a Ghanaian-based non-profit, Non-Governmental Organisation NGO, ‘Ntiamoah Foundation’ is touching more lives across the country particularly in the area of health and education, since its establishment exactly ten years ago.
Established in May 2006 by Mr. Robert Kwaku Appiah Asante, Founder and Executive-Chairman of the foundation, the ‘Ntiamoah Foundation’ has dedicated to improving the Education and Health welfare of the people including, the people of Akyem Kotoku traditional area, both North and South Birim Districts of the Eastern Region among others.
Speaking at the media launch of the tenth anniversary of the Foundation, the Executive-Chairman said “over the last ten years, the Foundation has achieved a lot but has delivered its mandate with great difficulties. I am proud to say that not many Ghanaian NGOs can match same the contribution we have made or the scope of those contributions in such a short time”.
According to him, “Ntiamoah Foundation began operations in 2006 with an endowment Fund from myself of $500,000 US Dollars. Over the past 10 years the Foundation has expended over GHC 2,000,000. You will agree with me that this is no mean feat. These expenditures have been used to support various critical projects in Education and Health in the catchment area in the Eastern Region and in other places in Ghana. I will now share with you some highlights of these activities:
In the education sector, the foundation’s objectives are to increase participation in, and access to education in its operational areas. Over the last ten years Ntiamoah Foundation has pursued its education mandate in the following ways:
• Renovation work at Mamanso Islamic Primary School, including the renovation of a primary school block, screeding of floors and provision of 20 dual desks.
• Renovation work at Afosu Islamic JSS including roofing, building classroom enclosures and provision of 50 dual desks
• The establishment of an ICT Centre at New Abirem Akwadum D/A Model School with 40 personal computers and accessories.
• Recruitment of instructors and maintenance of computers for the New Abirem ICT centre
• To assist needy but brilliant students up to tertiary level, the Foundation has been operating a Scholarship Scheme since 2006. Till date; a total of 60 students from the catchment area have benefitted, while another 45 outside of the catchment area have also benefitted, bringing the total to 105 students covering all areas of education. For the catchment area, these scholarship beneficiaries include 48 Senior High School students, 30 students at the University level, 12 at Polytechnics, 7 at Nurses Training and 3 for Teacher training. The scholarship scheme is ongoing.
• I am proud to say that today we have been able to educate one medical Doctor (from SHS to Medical School) who after completion served at the Nkawkaw Holy Family hospital for 3years and now pursuing a specialist training course at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, we are still supporting him there. Also he is now a Board Member of Ntiamoah Foundation.
• To promote and expand pre-school (kindergarten) education in the catchment area, Ntiamoah Foundation donated teaching/Learning materials to selected Kindergartens namely Hweakwae Roman Catholic Primary school, Yayaaso District Assembly Primary School, Mamanso Islamic Primary School and Ntronang Primary schools.
• To enhance educational planning and supervision in the district, Ntiamoah Foundation has been supporting the District Education Service as follows:
• Donation of Raincoats and Wellington boots to the Birim North District Education Office for distribution to their circuit supervisors and trekking officers in their supervisory duties during the rainy season.
• Donation of three computers and accessories, to the Birim North District Education Office, also, six Table top Fridges were donated to the Birim North Education Office to support their Teachers’ Awards Day.
• In addition, support was given to Birim North Education Office in the administration of the January 2008/9 Mock examination for BECE candidates.
The Foundation’s Objectives for health centers on improving health delivery services in the district and promoting community outreach programmes. Some of the projects executed in this area include donation of medical/surgical apparatus/materials and Medicines; Periodic supply of foreign medical personnel and organisation of outreach programmes.
• Donation of an Ambulance to the Ministry of health for the New Abirem Government Hospital
• A number of regular donations made to various hospitals and Community Health Planning System (CHPS) centres in the catchment areas. Named hospitals and CHPS centres included are Adausena Community clinic, Akoase CHPS Centre, New Abirem R.C.H (Reproductive Child Health), Ntronang St Micheal Clinic, Afosu CHPS Centre, Nkwarteng Clinic, Okaikrom CHPS Centre, Pankese CHPS Centre, Kyenkyenku CHPS Centre, Prasokuma CHPS Centre, Amenam CHPS Centre, Amuana Praso CHPS Centre, Abokyikrom CHPS Centre and Otumi CHPS Centre.
Activities Outside Our Catchment Areas
Though the main focus of the Foundation’s work has been on the catchment areas in the Birim North and South Districts, this has not stopped Ntiamoah Foundation from offering a hand when it is needed. Ntiamoah Foundation has therefore initiated and completed educational projects outside of its operational areas all over the country. This includes the Kibi Livestock Project which is aimed at training and equipping visually impaired persons in livestock production to provide them with a source of income. This project was inaugurated by Ntiamoah Foundation with a financial input of GHC 30,000. This project is currently under the management of the Ghana Blind Union.
As stated earlier, the Ntiamoah Scholarship Scheme has been extended to 45 other beneficiaries outside of the catchment area. In addition, the Foundation have been making periodic donations to special Needs institutions such as The Osu Children’s Home, The Dzorwulu Special School, Pantang Government Hospital, The Weija Leprosarium, Accra Psychiatric Hospital and Tema SOS children’s village to support the upkeep of these vulnerable groups.
Ntiamoah Foundation also supports several hospitals and clinics outside of its catchment areas. Since December 2008 to date, several donations of medical and surgical items have been made to Hospitals such as Asamankese government Hospital, Atua Government Hospital, Suhum Government Hospital, Koforidua Regional Government Hospital, Donkorkrom Presby Hospital (Afram plains), Koforidua St Joseph Hospital, Agormenya St. Martin Hospital, Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospitals, East Orange Clinic Akropong-Akwapim, Nkawkaw Holy family Hospital, Nsawam Government Hospital, Kade Government Hospital, Oda government Hospital, Kwahu Government Hospital(Atibie), St Dominic Hospital( Akwatia), New Abirem Government Hospital, Kibi Government Hospital and Enyiresi Government Hospital . Items donated include digital Blood Pressure Monitors / Infusions and Light surgical Equipment/other Materials. Ntiamoah Foundation also donated assorted medical Dresses to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Activities for the Anniversary
• We kicked off our celebration for this year on May 2nd with a donation to the Catholic dioceses of Wa. The donation includes several bales of clothing, shoes and school bags to be distributed to the poor and needy as well as underprivileged children. We also made a similar donation to the Dzorwulu special school in Accra.
• On 19th June 2016, Ntiamoah Foundation, in collaboration with a long-standing supporter of our work based in the UK, will launch two books. The first book is on First Aid in Child Care and the second book on Sickle Cell to be launched to coincide with International Sickle Cell Day. The first book has been dedicated to the Ntiamoah Foundation by the author. We encourage members of the press to join us on these occasions.
• On the 17 and 18th of August, Ntiamoah Foundation shall organise two activities in the Birim North District. First, the Foundation will launch its first Mobile Library- this is basically a Library on wheels, which will move from community to community to enhance education. The Mobile Library was piloted a year ago in New Abirem community and through a book drive, Ntiamoah Foundation has been able to secure 2,000 books to date.
The initiative is to support literacy levels in public schools, sustain interest in reading in young children and create a more solid foundation for education of children. The second event will be a sod cutting ceremony for the construction of a kindergarten at Ntronang in collaboration with the Presbyterian Church.
• On 11th August 2016, Ghana Hope Foundation (USA), our international collaborators, will be handing over medical equipment that they had collected through their charity to the New Abirem Government Hospital, as part of their pledge to turn the Hospital into a first class well resourced Hospital in the Birim North and South District of the Eastern Region of Ghana.(7) Seven containers of various medical equipment have been delivered to the hospital and an official handing over ceremony will be held.