by Ama Serwaa Asubonteng
Gifty Anti, host of the popular women’s talk show, donated items worth thousands of cedis to the Village of Hope orphanage at Gomao Fetteh in the Central Region. The donation formed part of activities marking the fifth anniversary of the show, the Standpoint.
The items received were from corporate sponsors and individuals. They included cartons of fish, washing powders, beverages, mineral water, clothes, diapers and sanitary towels. Anti also made a personal donation of GH¢ 5,000 to support the school and other expenses of the children.
Mr. Fred Asare, managing director of Village of Hope, showed appreciation on behalf of the orphanage. “This is more than a widows mite as Aunty Gifty (said).We are very grateful for all these things; you keep surprising us,” he said.
Anti said that the visit to make the donation, which was attended by many guests, was also a means to get acquainted with the children. “We are here to fun with you,” Anti said.
Village of Hope Orphanage, established 17 years ago with just 8 children (4 boys and 4 girls), now has a total of 214 children. Out of that number, thirty-six are in Senior High Schools (SHS), twenty-four are in universities and polytechnics, nine are awaiting results from the current WASSCE examinations and the rest of the children are enrolled in the Hope Christian Academy.
The children entertained their guests to melodious songs and dances. The programme was all filled with fun and excitement as most of the guest also danced to get the children entertained. Later in the day, the children took their guests around the entire Village of Hope for familiarization.
The visit to the orphanage brought together dignitaries like, Nana Ansah Kwao IV, Akwamu Adumasa Hene, Ohemaa Frimpomaa Ampaw, Queen mother of Kukurantumi-Akyem, Rev. Mike Nii Abbosey of Joy FM and the MA Love Foundation and some representatives of the BIG Girls club at Madina.
Actresses Beverly Afaglo Baah and Ofeibea Ramatu also graced the occasion.
Assorted meals were served and the children ate with the guests. The idea was to get the children motivated and advised by the Standpoint team.
The children spoke on how happy they were to see celebrities they normally saw on television, as well as, having the opportunity to be with them.
They further spoke on their appreciation for the Village Hope for the help they had received. One JHS one student explained how happy she is being at the orphanage. “This place doesn’t feel like an orphanage, because we travel to visit our donors, friends of Village of Hope and
others. It is just like a normal home,” she said.