By Alfred K Dogbey
The humanitarianism mission, embarked upon by the 2012 parliamentary candidate for Weija/Gbawe Constituency, Madam Obuobia Darko-Opoku, to support the less-privileged in society, by providing them with free basic amenities, has won the hearts and admiration of many in the area.
The works of Madam Obuobia, has become the topic for discussion in every household in most communities in the constituency.
Even though, she did not win the seat for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the last election, her kind heartedness through her charity organization, is touching the lives of the people.
The organization, ‘Obuobia Foundation’, is seeking to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, especially in the area of education and care for the needy.
The Foundation last Friday, made yet another laudable donation to the deprived Pentecost Vocational Training Institute at Gbawe.
The Obuobia Foundation donated about 100 bags of cement, five pieces of street light, among many items, was presented to the Pentecost Vocational Training Institute at a special ceremony graced by the First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama.
The ‘Obuobia Foundation’, has been sponsoring over 10 brilliant but needy students in second cycle and tertiary institutions, provided 17000 litre water tank filled with water, among other countless social interventions.
Delivering a heart-touching address at the event, Madam Obuobia said, “The starting point for me personally, has been the foundation laid down by Jesus Christ, to give to the needy without getting weary and it is this feeling for helping the needy that gave birth to the Obuobia Foundation”.
Since its inception less than two years ago, the foundation has brought much relief to the needy in the society, as well as many interventions to the constituency.
Madam Obuobia said, “Our focus has always being to increase our level of responsibilities without any form of discrimination to colour or race” since this is “an all inclusive and collective effort to turn the lives of people around and add meaning to their lives so as to make the society a better place for a living”.
According to her, “The driving force and essence of this organization is to bring a spark in livelihoods and in this regard, we have embarked on many interventions with a conscientious effort to uplift the spirit of people by inculcating into them the ‘can do spirit’, for the betterment of the society and the world at large”.
OB, as she is affectionately called, noted that “our heart beat has also being to develop intrinsic motivation in individuals” including sponsoring educational needs of the underprivileged.
In the aspect of infrastructural development, she disclosed that the foundation in collaboration with the National Security, had tarred a 2 kilometre road in the community, constructed two foot bridges in both New Weija and New Gbawe.
She also mentioned that, earlier this year, the Foundation, donated a 17000 litre water tank filled with water, 10 chairs and 5 modern street lights to the chiefs and people of Wiabomah, a community under Weija-Gbawe Community, upon a request from the elders.
“The Obuobia Foundation, facilitated the installation of 1500 modern street lights in the Weija-Gbawe Constituency”, she disclosed.
The project, dubbed, “Lightening up Weija-Gbawe”, is on-going and very soon night would seem like day time in this constituency”.
She hoped the installation of these street lights would not only give light, but also go a long way to curb the rate of armed robbery in the vicinity.
She said a subsidiary of the Oboubia Foundation; “The Smart Ladies Association”, has facilitated loan facilities for 3000 women as startup capital for their small scale businesses. These women, according to her, “are mainly traders who need assistance in their area of business”.
Madam Oboubia, thanked the First Lady for her support and encouragement.
She said of Mrs. Mahama; “Personally, you have being a source of inspiration to me, your relentless efforts to bring a facelift to humanity is indeed, a force to reckon with. You are a source of strength to some of us, who look up to you as a role model”.
She indicated that, “the Obuobia Foundation, is looking forward to a more collaborative efforts with “The Lordina Foundation in the near future and I believe today, will begin that journey that will bring transformation to the people of Ghana and beyond”.