Bishop David Kwadwo Ofosuhene, National Director of International Christian Cooperative Ministries, has encouraged Ghanaians to help in addressing the educational needs of orphans and vulnerable children in society.
He noted these children faced challenges, hence, the need to support them to climb higher, and the educational ladder.
Bishop Ofosuhene made the appeal, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), during the celebration of Christmas with the children and the staff of the Potters Village orphanage at Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region.
The Potters Village, children’s facility for orphans and vulnerable children, believes that the survival, protection and empowerment of vulnerable people in society, especially women and children, should be the primary focus because they are the future of the nation.
Bishop Ofosuhene, who is also an orphan care advocate, explained that family-based care was currently their advocacy.
“We are asking Christians especially church leaders to admonish their congregational members and the nation at large to help in placing children from orphanage homes back to their family relations,” he stated.
He noted that this would enable them to have the connections that they needed as a family, saying when they age out they would have to belong to families, and their interest now was in family-based care alliance.
Dr Jane Irina Adu, Founder and President of the Potters Village, also told GNA that among their major plans was to build a school for the children in the Home and the community as well.
Mrs Sophia Myers, Home Director, Potters Village, who appealed to benevolent individuals and corporate institutions to come to their aid, said plans were underway to complete their girls’ dormitory, storage and caregivers building.
She said regarding the school, they had a temporal structure for children, a long pavilion that had been divided; from kindergarten to primary six, whiles those in Junior High School attended the community school.
“When it comes to other needs we can’t exclude food, we have 106 children, so we need food, toiletries and educational materials to support the children in the Home.”