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Regional News Tue, 8 Mar 2016

Activist couple donates to Akropong School for the Blind

Mr and Mrs Owusu-Koranteng who are renowned human rights activists have donated a number of items to the Akropong School for the Blind on 4th March 2016 in commemoration of their 35th Marriage anniversary.

It would be recalled that the couple celebrated 35 years of their marriage with a renewal of vows at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Trinity Congregation, Tema Community 4 on the 19th of December 2015 which was followed by a reception.

Mr and Mrs Owusu-Koranteng mentioned in their speeches at the ceremony for the presentation of the items that their first child became mentally retarded as a result of brain damage during birth. “We had to make extreme sacrifices to take care of our lovely son Kwaku Asiedu-Koranteng whom medical experts believed could not survive for more than 5 years but lived up to 15 years because we provided him adequate care.”

The couple indicated that they understand the difficulties associated with taking care of children with special needs because of their own experience in taking care of a child with special needs.

“We are making this donation to commemorate the 35 years of our marriage but equally important is the fact that we want to honour the memory of our son the late Kwaku Asiedu-Koranteng and to solidarise with our children in this noble school.”

The couple lauded the efforts of the management of Akropong School for the Blind in the achievements of the school despite the challenges. The couple congratulated the school for winning three awards in two months, the last one being a music competition award which was won on the 4th of March 2016.

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The Headmistress of the school Ms Mahel Narh thanked the couple for sharing the blessings of the 35 years of their marriage with the blind students and the school. She appealed to individuals and institutions to emulate the example of the couple.

Mr and Mrs Owusu-Koranteng made a passionate appeal to individuals to share their joy and blessings with the Akropong School for the Blind and called on government and policy makers to resource the school because the institution had made enormous contribution to human capital development of the nation.

According to Mrs Owusu-Koranteng, some individuals with fleet of expensive cars who are planning to buy more could forgo the purchase of another brand new car and support the needy in society.

The items donated include 30 mini bags of rice; 7 cartons of Mackerel; 6 cartons tin tomatoes; 550 pieces of packed dinner; 6 gallons of oil; 30 cartons of water and over 210 pieces of toilet rolls.

Mr Daniel Owusu-Koranteng and Mrs Hannah Owusu-Koranteng are Co-Founders of Wacam, a human rights and environmental mining advocacy NGO. Mr Daniel Owusu-Koranteng is the General Secretary of the Maritime and Dockworkers’ Union (MDU) and Mrs Hannah Owusu-Koranteng is the Associate Executive Director of Wacam.

Source: Kwasi Ampem
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