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Regional News Fri, 21 Oct 2005

British Philanthropists assist people of Assin Endwa

Assin Endwa (C/R), Oct 21, GNA - A group of philanthropists in the United Kingdom has, since 2000, provided members of the Assin Endwa Trust, their ''sister association, '' with more than 400 million cedis for community development projects and education materials. They are a 12-seater KVIP costing 96 million cedis, 120 million cedis worth of books for the community library and 10 computers with their accessories at the cost of 36 million cedis for the town's computer laboratory under construction.

This is in addition to supporting the education of more than 50 needy pupils and students of the town.

Mr Armah Abdulaziz, local secretary of the Trust, said this at a durbar of chiefs and people of the town in honour of a seven- member delegation from the Trust in the UK at Assin Endwa on Thursday. The delegation, led by Mr Linden Richardson, was in the town to ascertain the use to which funds provided so far had been put and to present a cheque for a further 200 million cedis towards the completion of a 400 million-cedi 12-room clinic with potable water that took off last year.

Mr Richardson said "we are eager to help in the development of the town in order to make life better for the inhabitants". He said the group was impressed with the development projects initiated by the people and commended them for using funds provided them judiciously.

Mr Richardson assured the people of further assistance to improve education in the town and neighbouring communities and presented two bicycles to the community.

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Mr Abdulaziz, who is also the Assin North District Co-ordinator of the National Service Scheme (NSS), paid tribute to Ms Kathryn Prosser, a British volunteer, who initiated the formation of the Trust during her one-year stay in the town as an English tutor in a junior secondary school.

On her return to the UK, Ms Prosser formed the UK branch of the Trust that has been soliciting for funds for the local branch to finance its development projects for which the NSS provides technical support whilst the people offer communal labour.

Dr Nii Adjei Adjetey, the Assin North Director of Health Services, assured the people that his outfit would provide medical personnel to man the clinic when completed.

He advised them to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for quality health care.

Nana Konagye Ampaw II, chief of the town, expressed gratitude to the UK branch for the numerous development projects it has provided the town.

Source: GNA
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