30,720 Pairs Of Shoes For Needy Students

CIGHA Non-Governmental Organisation, Compassion International Ghana (CIGH) has received 30,720 pairs of shoes to be distributed to the poor and needy students.

The shoes which were donated by a USA shoe company which pleaded anonymity would help attract pupils, especially dropouts to go back to school.

Presenting the shoes on Monday in Accra, Padmore Baffour Agyapong, Country Director, CIGH said the vision of his outfit was to provide holistic child development support, including spiritual, physical and socio-emotional development programmes to the needy children.

He said in 2010, the USA company and CIG entered into an agreement for it to donate shoes for distribution to needy children in some parts of the country.

“As part of CIGH’s outreach to poor and needy children, it decided to share the shoes equally with another stakeholder, Christian Outreach Fellowship which ministers to children in the Northern Region,” he said.

Mr Agyapong said that the shoe-giving programme was part of the company’s policy to provide shoes to the same children for a number of years in order to track their school attendance and also to reduce absenteeism among pupils.

“We don’t want to see them going to school barefooted because they could be injured and therefore would not want to go to school at all,” he added.

He pledged that CIGH would continue to partner churches and schools to develop children through a holistic ministry.
He commended the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the Finance Ministry and Education Ministry for their kind support for helping the organisation to clear the shoes at the port.  – Agnes Opoku Sarpong

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