Over fourteen (14) public and private institutions in the Kumbungu and Tolon districts of the Northern Region are the recipients of educational and health equipment donated by the Rural Education for Empowerment Program (REEP) in Ghana to enhance their work.
This year’s support marks the 8th distribution of educational and health materials to institutions within the Kumbungu, Tolon and Sagnarigu districts of the northern region. REEP is a local nongovernmental organization based in Dalun in the Kumbungu district, with its main donors in Denmark.
The materials included desktop and laptop computers and their accessories, office and school equipment, boxes of medicated spectacles and mattresses. Others were changing room closets gloves, hospital beds, packets of needles and syringes as well as bicycles for rural school pupils, among others.
REEP’s main objective is to support education, especially of the girl child, to enable her to have access to quality education in the rural communities, and to also support institutions in its operational area.
The beneficiary institutions included the Kumbungu District Education Directorate, Kings Medical Centre, Kplinying community clinic, Dalun Simli model primary school, the Departments of Social Welfare and Births and Deaths, Dalun Simli Center, Gbulung Vocational Training Centre and Kuli primary school.
The rest were Youth Empowerment for Life, Daklun Health Clinic and John of the Cross Educational Centre.
Presenting the materials to the institutions at Dalun, the Director of REEP Ghana, Abukari Abdul Fatawu appealed to government to grant tax exemptions to enable organizations to clear imported medical and educational equipment meant for the Ghanaian people.
He bemoaned the misuse of the previous items by the institutions and that such negligence could deny others from benefiting. “We receive our donors on unannounced visit and when we went round, we found some of the items in individuals rooms with locked in offices,” Mr Fatawu lamented.
School children who travel about four kilometres from Afayili and Nawuni to attend school at Dalun say the bicycles will facilitate their movement and reduce their daily stress. According to the pupils, they miss first lessons daily which start at 8am and thanked REEP for the support.