Jumat, 03 September 2010


PLAN Ghana, in partnership with Child Rights International(CRI) and Ghana National Coalition of the Right of the Child (GNCRC), has donated support items worth Gh¢40,000 to the Ghana Prison Service (GPS), the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service and the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) to strengthen them in the discharge of their duties.

The donation is part of a three-year project implemented by Plan Ghana with support from the European Union to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children or the youth who are in conflict with the law.

The items included computers, printers, digital cameras, photocopiers, mattresses, bednets, bedsheets, blankets, vocational training tools for tailoring, carpentry, electrical works and hairdressing, as well as raw materials for making  beads.

The programme support manager, Mr William Agyekum,  said even though the children were in conflict with the law, they also had the right to comfort and training.
"The items are to help support the children so that they would come out ready for the job market," he said.
Mr Acquah urged the institutions to use the items wisely to train the children so that they may not lag behind in the society.

The Deputy Director of DSW, Mr Lawrence Azam, said the items would equally be distributed to the various juvenile institutions under the DSW.

He added that the items would effectively be used to train the children to become better people.
A representative from DOVVSU, ASP Alichiew Abdullahi, said the donation would go a long way to  help the unit to discharge its duties.
" We would be able to keep records of our programmes and also store the data on children in the unit," he said.

The Regional Commander of the Ghana Prisons Service, Mr Alhassan Legibo, appealed to other organisations to constantly think of the children.
"They have only offended the law but that does not make them different from the rest of us," he said.

The Regional Commander of the Ghana Prisons Service, Mr Alhassan Legibo, receiving the items from the Programmes Support Manager of Plan Ghana, Mr William Agyekum Acquah, whilst other members of the Prisons Service look on.

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