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First Lady addresses George W. Bush Institute in New York

First Lady Lordina Dramani Mahama has called for collaboration between the Bush Institute and the Lordina Foundation to contribute meaningfully to the development of the underprivileged in our society.

Over the years, the Lordina Foundation has contributed to the development of deprived children and women in both rural and urban areas of Ghana; with focus on education and healthcare, to improve the standard of living of marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Mrs Mahama made the call on Wednesday when she addressed the George W. Bush Institute on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The First lady outlined six priority areas her foundation can collaborate with development partners and organizations.

These areas include; orphanage support, support for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, Scholarships for brilliant but needy students, Promoting Women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship, Raising awareness and advocating for cervical and breast cancer prevention and treatment, and Providing suitable accommodation for ostracised women in “Witch” Camps.

The First Lady, who is also the First Vice President of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against AIDS (OAFLA) for West Africa, is among the few African women to have addressed the Institute.

Whilst still in New York, the First Lady used the opportunity to meet many organizations who have recognized her philanthropic work and are seeking to partner Lordina Foundation to work in the areas of Breast, Cervical and Prostate cancers, HIV/AIDS, Orphanages and women entrepreneurship empowerment.

She met officials of Project C.U.R.E., MedCare, Autism Speaks, Susan G. Komen and other organisations with identified interests, who want to collaborate with the Lordina Foundation, as well as other Ghanaian institutions.

The Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission and technical advisor to the First Lady, Dr. Angela El Adas, accompanied Mrs Mahama to these meetings.

Source: Sandow S Kpebu

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