Takyikrom, a small farming community in the Akuapem South District of the Eastern Region is the latest community to benefit from the benevolence of Myhelp-Yourhelp Foundation.
The community whose major challenge was access to potable water and school edifice to facilitate the learning and teaching process can now boast on these essential amenities kind courtesy of Myhelp-Yourhelp Foundation.
The Foundation which is made up of a group of working-class professionals who seek to support the needy and less privileged in society first visited Takyikrom in July 2020.
The mission was to enquire from the elders challenges of the village. After a tête-à-tête with the authorities, it discovered that the paramount problem was lack of portable drinking water and a well-established school block.
With the aim to achieve the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Foundation’s Research and Monitoring Team, visited the town on five occasion to design an efficient way to carry out the various projects.
The team, led by the Project Coordinator, Jeff Kwashie liaised with Jodi Construction Company Ltd. to help repair the dysfunctional borehole at a cost of GH₵10,000.
Members of the Foundation raised funds of about GH₵25,000 to handle the classroom extension project and also supply materials like Veronica buckets, nose masks, toiletries, notebooks, exercise books, pens, pencils, erasers, chalk and other teaching aids.
During the handing over ceremony on Saturday, December 19, 2020, the visibly excited residents expressed their profound gratitude to the Foundation and all benevolent organization that contributed to the actualization of the projects.
In an interview, the Headmaster of the school, Martin Acolatse was optimistic that the newly constrcted two-unit block will increase school attendance when schools re-open.
Narrating the ordeals of pupils previously, he said, “I was posted to Pastor the church 15 years ago. I realized that the nearest school was at Oboadaka which is many kilometers away and that discouraged children from attending school.
“Five years on, I decided to start a school to reduce the distance travelled to school. Starting was extremely difficult. But I had to use the chapel which could house just kindergarten to class four. So from class 4 we had to transfer the pupils to continue at Oboadaka. This is quite a journey with no proper means of transport. All those who came by and promised to help us never returned until Myhelp-Yourhelp Foundation showed up,” he said.
The then added, “Truly they have given us a two-unit classroom. This is a great source of joy to the entire community. It is our prayer that God showers his blessings on this Foundation.”
“We were packed in the chapel with teachers screaming all day and struggling to catch our attention. Concentration was difficult. We thank God and Myhelp-Yourhelp Foundation for building two more blocks in the school. This will bring a lot of relief to our younger siblings and teachers and encourage more parents to send their children to school,” a pupil, Victoria Oteng Darku sqaid in an interview.
The Foundation’s Founder, Nicholas Cofie, in his closing remarks, appealed to government, other benevolent organizations and public-spirited individuals as well as other international and local NGOs to partner the Foundation to enable them reach out to more deprived communities.
He acknowledged that Foundation could have done more for towns such as Takyikrom, Koforikrom, and Adukro but with limited capital, they had to decline other amenities that are equally essential to human basic needs.