A group photograph of the students, inmates and caretakers of the orphanage after the donation
Three students from Los Angeles, California, United States of America, recently donated assorted items to inmates and guardians of the Kressner Orphanage at Kodjo-Ashong in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.
Kojo Boakye-Nimako and Dylan Anderson, both students of the Chaminade College Preparatory High School, and Riley Shapiro of Calabasas High School donated items like confectioneries, toys, books, clothing and an unspecified amount of money to the caretakers of the facility.
The students told Accra-based Citi FM that the donation formed part of their project work at school.
Kojo Boakye-Nimako, who spoke on behalf of his other colleagues, explained that although the gesture was part of their project work, they also found it necessary to show kindness to the children.
“Someone will ask why we did not do this donation in Los Angeles where we all stay but I must say that it is quite humbling for us to travel from our homes and come to Kressner to put a smile on the faces of these young ones,” Kojo stated.
He expressed their willingness to return to the orphanage to repeat the gesture if the need arises.
The three US-based students were accompanied by the Vice Chairman of the LPG Marketing Companies Association of Ghana, Gabriel Kumi and the Director of African Initiatives for Safe Water Network, Charles Nimako.
The caretaker who received the items on behalf of the orphanage, Sister Kizita, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the students for the gesture.
The Kressner Orphanage, located at Kodjo-Ashong in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, was funded by the Rotary Club of Otterndorf-Land in Germany, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Accra with about $700,000.
It was inaugurated in March 2015 to serve the needs of the people of Kodjo -Ashong and its environs in the Amasaman District of Ghana.
Currently, the orphanage has 39 children aged between two and 23 years
The facility consists of a convent for the reverend sisters, quarters with caregivers’ rooms, a four-unit classroom block, social centre, a pantry, recreational rooms, among others.
The orphanage caters for orphans, children of HIV/AIDS patients, the less-privileged and vulnerable in society.