Five brilliant but needy students in the Upper West Region have received support from the Deeper Life Bible Church in the region.
The move forms part of the church’s Child Education and Sponsorship Programme through the Deeper Life Aid (DLAid).
A total of 110 school children across the country have been selected to benefit from the Deeper Life Bible Church’s Child Education and Sponsorship Programme.
Five children each have been selected from the church’s 22 regions across the country. They are all expected to receive Core textbooks, supplementary readers, teachers’ notebook, exercise books, school bags, footwear, school uniforms and mathematical sets worth about 45 thousand Ghana Cedis this year.
Addressing participants at a short ceremony at Wa to hand over the items, the Executive Director of DLAid Bernard Kpare said “the changing dynamics of contemporary economic and social development, make it difficult for governments alone to practically meet all the aspirations and needs of the citizens.”
He added that in view of this, the church has a responsibility to help government in any way it can.
Mr. Kpare said aside catering for the spiritual needs of members; the church has to help society with its material needs.
“The Deeper Life Bible Church in Ghana in addition to attending to the spiritual needs of society has deemed it necessary to play a significant role in addressing the material and social needs of the poor and underprivileged at the National, Regional and District levels, through DLAid,” he said.
Mr. Kpare admitted that although the items might be inadequate, the church is hopeful the donation would go a long way to help and encourage the students to realize their full potential.
Deeper Life Aid (DLAid) is a faith non-governmental organisation that seeks to contribute to the wellbeing of children, families and communities by providing support to them in areas such as education, health, livelihoods empowerment, humanitarian and emergency relief among others.
The Child Education and Sponsorship Programme according to the Executive Director of DLAid is still in the pilot phase.
The Upper West Regional Overseer of the Deeper Life Bible Church Pastor Emmanuel Bagaaniah said although governments over the years have made education from the basic level to the secondary level free, there are still challenges in acquiring the appropriate school materials by some parents.
He was confident that as the church continued to support brilliant but needy school children in the basic level, the country can look into the future with a lot of hope and confidence.
The Wa Municipal Coordinator of Private Schools Agartha Ainoo expressed optimism that the items would be put to good use by the beneficiaries.
She called on DLAid to expand the reach to the donations to cover more students in the coming years.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries for this year, Cynthia Tengbani, a student of the Wa School for deaf, expressed gratitude to the church and DLAid for their kind gesture.
She was confident that all the items would be put to good use.
Story by Mark Smith