Saturday, June 26, 2010



The Director of Bibir Ghana, Joseph Charles Osei has advised parents to strive hard to fulfill their parental responsibilities even when charity organizations and philanthropists are ready and willing to help their children achieve their dreams.

He said it would not be good if parents refused to enroll their children in school with the excuse that there is no money, adding that, that alone could also discourage non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and well-to-do individuals who would like to assist, to change their minds because parents are not ready to support their wards.

“It behoves on us as parents to take very good care of our children after giving birth to them so that they would become better persons in future when we’re old and cannot do anything”, he stressed.

Mr. Osei gave this advice at a brief ceremony at Kpangvu, a peri-urban community in the Tamale Metropolis, where his organization presented twelve sewing machines including their accessories to 12 potential Kayayee girls to enroll in skills training (dressmaking).

Additionally, another six children of school going age who expressed interest in going to school were each provided with two free school uniforms, exercise books and school bag.

The cost of the sewing machines and their accessories including cost of training for the twelve girls and educational materials donated to the six children was valued at about GH¢ 1,500.00.

Aside this support, he told savannahnews in an exclusive interview that Bibir Ghana was also supporting some forty women to venture into commercial groundnuts oil extraction and processing with a loan facility of GH¢ 4,000.00.

This reporter however learnt that, for the past two decades, only one girl in the Kpangvu community has been able to climb high on the academic ladder, which is teacher training college level. Those who could not make it in the classroom, dropped out or failed, and decided to marry whiles others sojourn down south to seek greener pastures (Kayayee).

Mr. Osei urged the people to sacrifice in their own small way towards the development of the area, adding, “eschew greed and selfish interest in order to support yourselves and your community”.

The Director of Bibir further urged parents not to do anything that would interrupt the skills training and education of the girls saying, “when they need any help to enable them progress, the parents should not hesitate to give it to them”.

Whilst calling on the men in the community to help their wives who have ventured into skills training and entrepreneurship, he warned that he would not hesitate to withdraw the services that his organization was providing to the community.

Mr. Joseph Charles Osei stressed that he would personally monitor the beneficiaries to ensure that they took their studies and training programme seriously.

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