Written by: Duke Tagoe
Nana Yaa Kwabea, Abontendom Hemea of Mamfe, has called for coherent policies and the implementation of laws that seek to protect vulnerable children within the society.
According to her, under aged children in their millions, continue to suffer dehumanizing conditions that impacts adversely on their fundamental rights in Ghana and in Africa.
“Every child born must be a blessing to the nation and we all have a duty in ensuring that their right to quality education and health care are guaranteed at all times” she said.
The queen mother was speaking at the Great Mission International Children’s Home at Teshie, home to more than 60 vulnerable children drawn from different areas of the country.
John Nyavor founder of the institution said since its inception in 2006 the home functions to provide decent accommodation, training, care and love to marginalised members of the society towards the national development effort and the creation of a society devoid of poverty, pain and misery and one based on the principles social justice and equality for all.
Ebenezer Mensah, a 13 year old student of the home, in a conversation with this reporter made a moving statement. He said “my ambition is to become multi-lingual. I want to speak over six international languages, especially Chinese, Spanish, French, Kiswahili and Arabic.”
Asked why he wanted to study and speak so many languages he explained that “some foreigners come to visit us here and I meet some of them on my way to school and I wish I could speak to every one of them. I also think that you are respected and revered when you speak divers languages and you can easily get a job.”
About 5 children from the home are currently taking courses in different fields of study, including medicine at the University of Ghana and in other tertiary institutions.
Nana Yaa Kwabea also made a donation of food items and other teaching materials running into thousands of Ghana cedis to the facility.
In attendance at the event were some queen mothers from some traditional areas of the country, including Nana Dokua Adobea II, Mmabaawahemaa of Akropong, Nana Tenewaa Sarfoah II, Mpraeso-Kwahu-Asuboni No 3 Hemaa, Nana Nyantakyiwa Akuapemhene Ankobea Hemaa of Akropong and Nana Akua Konyo, Aseseeso Mmabaahemaa.
In a recent speech to the General Assembly, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, revealed that the greatest threat faced by many poor children and households in the world is the quality of potable water available to them.