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Street Children in Accra Sing Thanks for Church’s Donations

Extending Jesus’ love for children when he said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me . . . for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated school-related materials and supplies to the Street Children Empowerment Foundation in Ghana.

The donations included school uniforms, art supplies, containers and many different kinds of books – all to support the educational needs of the street children.

On behalf of the Church, Alex Amankwaa-Boateng, one of the ecclesiastical leaders in the Christiansborg Stake (a stake is a group of Latter-day Saint congregations, similar to a diocese), presented the items to the children, staff and volunteer teachers on August 16 at the foundation’s facility in Accra. He also spoke to the children and teachers about the importance of learning.

The children sang together as an expression of gratitude for the donations.

As part of this event, Paul Semah, Street Children Empowerment Foundation Director, expressed great appreciation for the materials and supplies donated by the Church, noting the donations would aid in furthering the main goal of the foundation – to help street children enroll in school and continue their education.

Semah also spoke to the children about setting important goals in life and the advantages of getting as much education as possible.

Other recent humanitarian projects in Ghana, orchestrated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, include neonatal resuscitation training in Accra, wheelchair distribution in Nsawam, audiology training at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, vision treatment at the Komfe Anokye Teaching Hospital and clean water development in the Greater Accra area. 

The Church provides relief and development projects for humanitarian purposes in countries all over the world. Projects operate without regard to the nationality or religion of the recipients. Donations, principally from Church members but also from people around the world, are used to make relief projects possible. One hundred percent of the donations given to the Church’s humanitarian services are used for relief efforts. The Church absorbs its own overhead costs.

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