POGA donates to cured lepers village

The Past OLA Girls Association (POGA) on Thursday donated a consignment of clothes, food items and detergents worth about GH3, 000 to the Cured Lepers Village in Ho.

They were made up of the 1994-96 (Ordinary and Advanced Levels) and the 1994 Senior High School past students.

The items included bags of rice, sugar, milk, soap, toilet rolls, beverages, cooking oil, tomato puree and canned fish among others.

This was part of activities marking the 66th speech and prize giving day of their alma mater.

The donation also coincided with the silver jubilee of the year group.

The leader of the year group, Miss Stella Abrokwah, who presented the items, said that the gesture was in line with POGA’s tradition of giving back to the society some of what its members had acquired.

“We attended school in Ho and so we have the welfare of Ho in our hearts all the time,” she added.

Miss Abrokwah said that the donation to the Cure Lepers Village was not the first of its kind by POGA and would not be the last.

“We believe in sharing what we have with others and also supporting the less privileged in society, ” she added.

Mr Nelson Atito, the care taker of the village who received the items expressed gratitude to the POGA year group, saying that the village was overwhelmed by the continuous kindness it received from them.

He said that the village had a population of about 70, and a clinic.

According to him, the cured lepers produced high quality handbags and other artifacts but did not have a ready market for the items.

Mr Atito, therefore, appealed to POGA and other organisations to support the village in various ways to sell the products.

The theme for the four-day event is: “Celebrating the Past, Planning the Future for Women in Decision Making – Realities and Opportunities.”

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO

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