Parents have been urged to inculcate in their children, the habit of giving to the poor and needy in society.
This, according to the Parish Priest of the Christ the King Parish Church in Accra, Very Rev. Father Andrew Campbell, would go a long way to reduce the plight of the needy in the country.
Father Campbell said this at the first National Philanthropy Forum held at the Accra International Conference Centre, on the theme “Tapping indigenous philanthropy for national development”.
He cautioned against excessive spending on luxuries rather than caring for the underprivileged in the country, saying“ Expensive funerals and weddings, does not amount to anything, rather caring for the poor goes a long way in helping promote sustainable development”.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghanaian Times, the Executive Director of MTN Ghana Foundation, Mrs. Cynthia Lumor, said philanthropy was one of the major ways of enhancing the development of a country.
She added that, contributions to corporate social responsibilities were crucial towards improving the lives of people in a given area.
Mrs. Lumor further called on corporate institutions and well meaning Ghanaians to extend a helping hand to the poor and needy in various communities, saying “All must come on board towards promoting sustainable development by touching lives of those in need”.
On his part, the Director of the National Philanthropy Forum, Mr. Ben Ocra, said the forum, apart from linking philanthropy to civic society, seeks to bring to bare, the importance of giving to the needy in sustaining development.
He added that, Ghanaians lacked the idea when it comes to philanthropy investment in development, hence the need to create a platform to create the awareness on the need for all hands to come on board with regards to giving back to the needy.
“The forum will in the long run help government to access and measure structures that enhance development and contribute to the well-being of the citizenry”, he added.
By Daniel N. Amparbeng and Rebecca Kajelo