First Lady takes Health Outreach to Tema

The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, yesterday took her health outreach to the Tema vicinity where she presented medical logistics to the Tema General Hospital and joined a free breast cancer screening exercise.

The hospital, which is the largest public referral health facility in Tema, received items including bed sheets, diapers, blankets, nose masks and sanitizers to enhance the delivery of healthcare.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo, in a brief statement before handing over the items to the hospital management, said the donation was made possible through the generosity of partners of ‘The Rebecca Foundation’.

She said the foundation, founded in 2017, to support the wellbeing of women and children in the areas of health, education and women’s economic empowerment, has recorded significant impact in the lives of Ghanaian women and children.
“Our footprints in health have been seen in all 16 regions of Ghana. Today is another opportunity for me to thank our remarkable partners and donors. They have made it possible for me, even in this COVID-19 times, to support our health sector,” she said.

She assured the hospital of the foundation’s support adding, “I am hopeful that these items will go to improve the quality of care here and make your work easier.”

Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital, Dr. Richard Anthony, said the impact of ‘The Rebecca Foundation’ in the country’s health sector can be felt by all especially, mothers and children. “Your Excellency, we can attest to your love for maternal and child health issues among several others, of particular mention are your campaign for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, promotion of exclusive breast feeding, voluntary blood donation, and breast cancer awareness ,” he said.

Dr. Anthony also noted that the hospital staff benefited from the several interventions put in place by the government for frontline health workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were one of the hospitals who received tremendous support from government also through the COVID-19 national trust fund. We pray for God’s enormous blessings for this kind gesture and appeal for more such benevolent act from your office,” he added.

He said through the effort of the First Lady and other stakeholders the hospital has been earmarked for an upgrade which will move it from a general hospital to regional hospital status.
“In 2016, during your visit to Tema General Hospital, a humble plea was made to you for the construction of a new hospital complex. Her Excellency a mother who has a listening ear worked assiduously behind the scene together with our MP for Tema Central, Kofi Brako, and others and we are anticipating the sod cutting for the state of the art hospital complex by President Akufo-Addo. The NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Tema Central, Yves Nii Noi Hanson, indicated that under the leadership of the NPP, the hospital has benefited from a new ante natal ward, a blood analyzer among others. “I want to assure both workers of Tema General Hospital and the people of Tema Central that we shall work and make sure that it is built in the next term of President Akufo-Addo.

Beyond that, we need your mandate to continue with the good works that we have begun and I can assure you that I, Nii Noi, together with the President when given the mandate we shall work and make sure your request for a new regional hospital is fulfilled,” he said.

At the free breast screening exercise in Tema West, organized by the Tema West MP, Carlos Ahenkorah and the Breasted One Foundation, Mrs. Akufo-Addo encouraged the women to take advantage of the free breast screening to have their breast examined.

She said it was important for the disease to be detected early as early detection helps in better treatment outcomes.

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First Lady tours Achimota, Akweteman markets and meets traditional leaders

The First Lady of the Republic H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has toured some parts of the Greater Accra Region, taking her to Achimota and Akweteman, both in the Okaikoi North Constituency.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo first paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Achimota, Nii Adams Ayi Bonte at his palace where she held brief interactions with the chief and his elders.

The First lady expressed her gratitude to Nii Ayi Bonte for the support he has extended to her husband and President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
She said while there was still more to be done she was positive that the good works of President Akufo-Addo will encourage the good people of Achimota to vote for him to do more.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo said the government of President Akufo-Addo since assuming office in 2017 has implemented several policies and programmes which have created many jobs for the youth.

She said the implementation of NABCO, 1D1F and the recruitment of teachers, health workers and agric extension officers among others have impacted positively on the youth.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo explained that the ability of the Akufo-Addo government to employ all these youth was as a result of sound economic management which will be continued when the President is given the mandate for four more years.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo said The Rebecca Foundation has also been complementing government’s efforts at improving education, by initiating programmes such as “Learning to Read, Reading to learn” and putting up libraries in various communities across the country to provide children with conducive reading environment, to acquire knowledge.

The First lady also met with market women at the Achimota Market where the market women told the First Lady about fulfilment of certain promises she made to them in 2016.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo’s next point of call was on the palace of the Chief of Akweteman, Nii Akwete Brenya III where she met with the chief and his elders.

She urged the Chief and elders of Akweteman to continue to support President Akufo-Addo by voting for him in the December 2020 Presidential elections, to continue with his good work.

The First Lady next visited market women at Nii Boiman New Market where a mini durbar was held in her honour. She thanked them for the honour done her and expressed satisfaction at the construction of the new market, which she said will enhance patronage. She also thanked them for their support for the President and the NPP government.

On behalf of the market women of Nii Boiman Market (Market Queen) thanked the First Lady for honouring them with her visit and promised to work hard to rally support for President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government to win the December election.

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

First Lady tours Achimota, Akweteman markets and meets traditional leaders

The First Lady of the Republic H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has toured some parts of the Greater Accra Region, taking her to Achimota and Akweteman, both in the Okaikoi North Constituency.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo first paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Achimota, Nii Adams Ayi Bonte at his palace where she held brief interactions with the chief and his elders.

The First lady expressed her gratitude to Nii Ayi Bonte for the support he has extended to her husband and President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
She said while there was still more to be done she was positive that the good works of President Akufo-Addo will encourage the good people of Achimota to vote for him to do more.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo said the government of President Akufo-Addo since assuming office in 2017 has implemented several policies and programmes which have created many jobs for the youth.

She said the implementation of NABCO, 1D1F and the recruitment of teachers, health workers and agric extension officers among others have impacted positively on the youth.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo explained that the ability of the Akufo-Addo government to employ all these youth was as a result of sound economic management which will be continued when the President is given the mandate for four more years.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo said The Rebecca Foundation has also been complementing government’s efforts at improving education, by initiating programmes such as “Learning to Read, Reading to learn” and putting up libraries in various communities across the country to provide children with conducive reading environment, to acquire knowledge.

The First lady also met with market women at the Achimota Market where the market women told the First Lady about fulfilment of certain promises she made to them in 2016.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo’s next point of call was on the palace of the Chief of Akweteman, Nii Akwete Brenya III where she met with the chief and his elders.

She urged the Chief and elders of Akweteman to continue to support President Akufo-Addo by voting for him in the December 2020 Presidential elections, to continue with his good work.

The First Lady next visited market women at Nii Boiman New Market where a mini durbar was held in her honour. She thanked them for the honour done her and expressed satisfaction at the construction of the new market, which she said will enhance patronage. She also thanked them for their support for the President and the NPP government.

On behalf of the market women of Nii Boiman Market (Market Queen) thanked the First Lady for honouring them with her visit and promised to work hard to rally support for President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government to win the December election.

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First Lady to Partner Volta and Oti Queen Mothers to Empower Women

The First Lady of the Republic, Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has called for collaboration between The Rebecca Foundation and Paramount Queen Mothers in the Volta and Oti regions to empower young women in their communities, as part of a working visit to Ho in the Volta region.

The First Lady acknowledged the immense responsibility placed on Queen mother’s as mothers of their traditional areas and commended them on their contribution to the development of their communities.

She also acknowledged the challenges Queen mother’s face in addressing socio-economic issues like teenage pregnancy, unemployed or under employed young women and promised to provide skills training and business support to young girls and women in their communities.

The First Lady thanked the Queen Mothers for their continuous support for her husband, H.E. President Nana Akufo-Addo, especially in the implementation of various social intervention policies such as the Free SHS.

The First Lady urged the Queen mothers to continue to support the vision of H.E. President Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP party by giving them four more years to do more, pointing out that with the strengthening of already existing social intervention policies like the NHIS , L.E.A.P and a significant increase in Basic school capitation grant, the Planting for food and jobs and the re-introduction of Nursing and Teacher training allowances, the Akufo-Addo led NPP government is poised to realise the vision of Ghana beyond Aid and put money directly into people’s pockets.

On behalf of the Paramount Queen mothers, Nana Otubea II Paramount Queen mother of Nkonya Traditional area, expressed their profound gratitude to the First Lady and commended her on her many initiatives under The Rebecca Foundation which have positively impacted the lives of women and children in Ghana.

She assured Mrs. Akufo-Addo of their unflinching support in her quest to empower women and girls in both Regions and promised to support President Akufo-Addo to secure four more years to do even more for the people of the Volta and Oti Regions.

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First Lady donates TO Ho Municipal Hospital

The First Lady of the Republic, H.E. Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has donated assorted medical items to the Ho Municipal Hospital, as part of the Rebecca Foundation’s mission to support the health sector.

Making the presentation, Mrs, Akufo-Addo said The Rebecca Foundation, has since 2017 been working to complement government’s efforts to improve the health sector with specific focus on the health of Ghanaian women and children.
According to her, The Rebecca Foundation has donated medical equipment and consumables, to all sixteen regions in the country, renovated health facilities including the Osu Government Maternity Home, sponsored surgeries and fully funded the construction of a Paediatric Intensive Care unit and a Mother and Baby unit at the and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.

She emphasised that the health of women and children will always be her priority and expressed the readiness of the Rebecca Foundation to work with other organizations and individuals to deliver quality healthcare to women and children.

Receiving the items, which included bed sheets, diapers, blankets, nose masks, Sanitizers, and hospital beds, the head of the Ho Municipal Hospital Dr Lawrence Kumi said the institution was grateful to the First Lady for the donation, stating that it was very timely as the facility is in need of assistance to enhance its health delivery.

Present to witness the donation were the Volta Regional Minister, Hon. Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Deputy Volta Regional Minister Hon. Johnson Avuletey, MCE for Ho Central Hon. Prosper Pi-Bansah, former Vice Chairperson of the NPP Mrs. Agnes Okudzeto, and Executive Director of the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Mrs. Mawusi Awity

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First Lady cuts sod for Two Libraries in Amasaman and Bortiano

The First lady of the Republic, Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has cut sod for the construction of two Libraries in Amasaman and Bortiano in the Ga West and Ga South Municipalities in the Greater Accra Region.

When completed by November this year, the two forty-seater libraries funded by the Rebecca Foundation, will be fitted with computers and stocked with books and other reading materials to provide the youth a conducive environment to learn.

In a brief speech Mrs. Akufo-Addo said any nation that wants to truly develop and become a global player must invest in the education of its people and that is why the NPP government led by her husband, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has invested so much in the education of the youth with the ultimate objective of creating an equal opportunity for the nation’s future leaders to harness their full potential.

She said since the inception of free SHS by the Akufo-Addo led NPP government, enrolment to SHS has increased with Government absorbing feeding fees, uniforms, books and even WASSCE examination fees, adding that recently government absorbed fees for BECE and is providing one hot meal to all BECE students.

All these, the First Lady said are indicative of the determination of a visionary leader like President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government who firmly believe that every child must be given an equal opportunity to succeed in life.

She said since 2017, the Rebecca Foundation has implemented a number of programmes to complement government’s efforts at developing the country’s human capital, but with special emphasis on women and children.

To this end, Mrs. Akufo-Addo said, The Rebecca Foundation has implemented programmes like “Because I want to be” which supports girls to stay in school and provide skills training and financial support to those who drop out and are unable to go back to school, and the “Learning to Read, Reading to learn” initiative, which provides libraries to schools and encourages children to read, through a television reading programme telecast on some TV stations.

The First Lady disclosed that so far, The Rebecca Foundation has put up four libraries in Daffiama Bussei Issa in the Upper West Region, Wenchi in the Bono Region, Sefwi Debiso in the Western North Region and Moree in the Central region with two more libraries under construction in Krachi in the Oti Region, and Kumawu in the Ashanti Region.

The First Lady expressed optimism that the libraries when completed will allow children to acquire knowledge through reading, and gain the confidence to succeed in life and urged community leaders and elders to encourage their children to make full use of them.
Present to witness both sod-cutting ceremonies were the MCE for Ga West Hon. Clement Wilkinson, MCE for Ga South, Hon. Joseph Nyarni, the NPP Parliamentary candidate for Amasaman Kwasi Afrifa Mensah, CEO of National Youth Authority and NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Bortianor/Ngleshie Amanfro Mr. Sylvester Tetteh, Director General of Ghana Library Authority, Mr. Hayford Siaw, as well as traditional leaders and residents of the Amasaman and Bortiano communities.

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First Lady commissions another Health Center at Kwame Anum

First Lady of the Republic, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo yesterday commissioned a Health Centre at Kwame Anum in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

The 16 bed facility which was constructed with funding by the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation is fitted with an out -patient department, a delivery room, labour ward, a reproductive and Child health area, two consulting rooms, a pharmacy, a laboratory and administrative offices and will provide services to a population of about 30,000 spread within the Obom Domeabra constituency of the Ga South Municipality with about 8,500 patients expected to be attended to in its first year.

Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo

The Kwame Anum Health Center will also provide lifesaving and essential services such as immunization against the 13 childhood killer diseases, maternal, child health and nutrition.

Present to witness the commissioning of the facility were the MCE for Ga South Hon. Stephen Nyarni, MP of Obom Domeabra Constituency Hon. Parliamentary Candidate for the NPP Philip E.K Doe and the Chief and leaders of Kwame Anum.

A section of the gathering

In a speech to formally open the Health Centre, Mrs. Akufo-Addo said the initial idea of Infanta Malaria Foundation was to rehabilitate the already existing CHPS compound but after consultation with the community and health Service leaders, decided to construct a much needed Health center.

She said the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation of which she is co-founder is a group of remarkable women who came together to pool like-minded friends with a mission to support the development of women and children by paying particular attention to their health and executing Community Based Health Planning and Services as an important strategy especially for the prevention and treatment of malaria.

Since its establishment before 2017, Mrs. Akufo-Addo said, Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation has put up three CHPS compounds in Kobedi in the Sunyani West district of the Bono Region, Adenkrebi in the Ga East Municipality of the Greater Accra Region and Nyanshegu in the Sagnarigu District of the Northern Region.

The First lady, promised to continue to use both the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation and the Rebecca Foundation of which she is Executive Director, to assist in improving on the health of Ghanaians especially women and children.

She expressed gratitude to the Ga South Municipal Chief Executive Mr. Joseph Stephen Nyarni, The Ghana Health Service, and the Chiefs and Elders of Kwame Anum for their support throughout the execution of the project.

It will be recalled that on Tuesday, 21st May 2019, First lady of the Republic and co-founder of Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation Mrs. Akufo-Addo cut sod for the construction of the Kwame Anum Health Center in the Ga south municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

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First Lady makes donation to Kpone Katamanso , Ningo and Prampram Homowo festivities

The First Lady of the Republic, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo today presented items to chiefs and traditional councils in Kpone, Ningo and Prampram.
The donation which included bags of corn and palm-nuts, gallons of palm-oil, crates of beer,malt and minerals, and cartons of water, “Castle Bridge” and “Schnapps” were to support the three traditional areas celebrate this year’s Homowo .

The First lady was accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs and MP for Anyaa Sowutuom Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey,Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister Hon.Elizabeth Sackey, Administrator of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) and former MP for Tema West, Hon. Irene Naa Torshie, and CEO of Coastal Development Authority (CDA) Jerry Shaibu Ahmed.

The Homowo Festival is celebrated by the Ga tribe annually, to remind themselves of their long battle against famine and the eventual rains which led to good harvests to ease their hunger.

At Ningo, Mrs. Akufo-Addo also cut sod for the construction of a 40-stall market complex sponsored by The Rebecca Foundation of which she is Executive Director.

She said The Rebecca Foundation is determined to intensify the implementation of its initiatives in all parts of the country to compliment government’s efforts in enhancing the lives of its citizens.

The Rebecca Foundation since 2017 has implemented initiatives such as “Terema” (supporting women to improve their economic status), “Because I want to Be” (keeping girls in school) and “Learning to Read” (improving child literacy), among others, as well as the construction of health facilities and supply of hospital equipment to needy institutions, in its effort to better the lives of especially women and children.
The First lady also urged the people to take advantage of the many social intervention policies being implemented by the government of her husband, H.E. President Akufo-Addo including the Free SHS policy, to break the vicious cycle of semi-literacy and poverty in their communities.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo used the opportunity to advise the people of the three traditional areas not to let down their guards in this Covid-19 era, especially following the reduction in rate of infections, but rather adhere strictly to the safety protocol in this period of celebration to protect themselves from the dreadful disease.

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Reading will enhance quality education – First Lady

The First Lady of the Republic, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has identified reading as the sure panacea to enhancing the quality of education and deepening the intellect of the youth.
According to her, a people with high literacy skills are better positioned to expedite the development of a country and meet its challenges, stating, “a literate population and communities are in a far better position to develop and innovate than less literate societies”.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo who is also the Executive director of the Rebecca Foundation, made these comments when she commissioned a forty seater computerized library facility in Moree in the Central region.

The library, stocked with modern computers and books on different subjects is expected to serve as an attractive and welcoming environment for the youth to develop the habit and delight in reading.

Harping on the importance of reading and its many benefits Mrs. Akufo-Addo said in a growing competitive world where life-long learning has become the only way to grow intellectually and build a wealth of knowledge, many children in sub-Saharan Africa struggle at the lower primary level to read in the official or any local language and in instances where they can read, they are unable to understand what they read.

She said a vast amount of information in the world, is spread through written works and considering the impact of newspapers, books, and the internet on our daily lives anyone with limited literacy skills is virtually excluded from written information that can change their lives.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo stated that it is this plethora of benefits inherent in the ability and habit of reading that informed the Rebecca Foundation to come up with the “Learning to Read, Reading to Learn” initiative, a two part concept made up of a television reading programme, now in its second season, and provision of much needed libraries in some school clusters across the country.

She said the Rebecca Foundation has so far built three of such computerized libraries in the Dafiama Bissue Issah in the Upper west Region,Sefwi Debiso in the awe stern North Region ,Wenchi in the Bono Region and will soon construct three more libraries at Kumawu in the Ashanti region,Krachi East in the Oti Region and Achimota school in the Greater Accra Region

The First Lady charged the youth to strive to read as many books as possible stating, when I launched the Learning to Read, Reading to Learn initiative, I charged our children to read a book each day. I repeat this charge today. Read, learn new words, learn new things and consider writing your own little stories”.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo also urged the Ministry of Education, to incorporate library services as a critical component of the educational reforms for Basic schools as research has shown the significant role of school libraries in building a reading culture.

On behalf of The Rebecca Foundation, the First Lady extended her profound gratitude to the Ghana Library Authority, Ghana Book Development Council, Metropolitan and District Assemblies, the Ghana Education Service and donors for assisting the Foundation in its literacy enhancing endeavors.

Central Regional Minister, Hon Kwamina Duncan also urged residents of Saltpong, Mfantsiman Municipality and the entire region as a whole to rally behind Nana Addo as he is poised in making health care accessible for every Ghanaian.

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The Rebecca Foundation constructs another library for Sefwi Debiso community

The Rebecca Foundation has handed over a modern standard library to the people of Setwi Debiso in the Bia West District in the Western North Region.

In all, three libraries have been handed over by the Rebecca Foundation this year in various parts of the country to help inculcate the habit of reading in school children as a means of improving on their learning skills.

Presenting the library to the people of Setwi Debiso on behalf of First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo and the Rebecca Foundation, Press Aide to the First Lady, Richard Darko noted that Mrs. Akufo-Addo is someone who strongly believe that “literacy is the means by which lifelong learning and a child’s ability to learn to the highest level is made possible” therefore considers it a priority for every child to have access to learning materials wherever they find themselves.

Hon. John Koan, District Chief Executive of Bia West District, who received they keys to the Library expressed gratitude to the First Lady for helping them with this library since it will go a long way to improve the reading skills of the children in the district.

Philip Yaw Asamoah of the Ghana Library Authority also thanked the First Lady for helping the agency meet one critical objective in its ‘2020 Year of Learning’ which is to increase the network of Libraries in the Country.

“Since 2017, government through Ghana Library Authority has increased library networks from sixty-one to seventy-four and now seventy-nine with the new libraries by the Rebecca Foundation” he said.

First Lady commiserates with the family of Madam Akua Denteh

The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has sent a delegation to commiserate with and present some items to the family of Madam Akua Denteh, who was tragically lynched at Kafaba in the Savannah region of Ghana.

“The lynching of ninety year old Madam Akua Denteh, is simply abhorrent. It is tragic that in this day and age, Ghanaians especially women continue to suffer such barbaric and human right violations that undermine our quest for gender equality” the First Lady lamented.

The First Lady expressed her appreciation for the many statements of condemnation, saying “I am encouraged by the various statements of condemnation by many well- meaning Ghanaians and groups. While the statements are commendable, we must take all necessary steps to bring justice to the family and completely abolish all such negative, abusive and violent practices against women in particular. I will continue to work with interest groups to empower women and girls in various ways, including education and skills acquisition, as a means of insulating them from such barbaric practices.”

The family of Madam Denteh, expressed their appreciation to the First Lady and thanked the many Ghanaians, who have expressed their sympathy and support for the family.

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The Rebecca Foundation constructs libraries for four communities

The Rebecca Foundation has handed over two libraries to the people of Daffiama Bussei Issah District in the Upper West Region and Wenchi in the Bono Region.

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The Libraries are part of four libraries constructed by the Rebecca Foundation in parts of the country to inculcate the habit of reading in school children as a means of improving on their learning skills.

In a statement read on her behalf, Executive Director of The Rebecca Foundation and First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo acknowledged the contribution of the current NPP administration in prioritising education with various policies such as free SHS and reinstituting allowances for teacher trainees to improve upon the ability of our young Ghanaians to effectively propel national development.

She however, bemoaned the ability of many children to read and write as a result of factors including limited access to reading materials, which she said adversely affects the child’s ability to learn stating, “Literacy is the means by which lifelong learning and a child’s ability to learn to the highest levels is made possible”.

The First Lady thanked development partners of The Rebecca Foundation including the Ministry of Education, Ghana Library Authority, Book Aid International, the District and the Municipal Assemblies, where the libraries are sited for their support in executing the four projects.

She also announced the completion of two more libraries in other parts of the country to be commissioned soon.

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Chief Executive of Ghana Library Authority, Mr Hayford Siaw, expressed gratitude to H.E. the First Lady in helping the agency meet one critical objective in its ‘2020 Year of Learning’ which is to increase the network of libraries in the country, stating that since 2017, government through GhLA has increased library network from sixty-one to seventy-four and now seventy-eight with the new libraries by the Rebecca Foundation.

Present to grace the commissioning were MCEs, Officials of GES, Ghana Library Authority and Chiefs.

It will be recalled that in 2018, the Rebecca Foundation launched the “Learning to Read and Reading to Learn” initiative to help improve literacy levels among Ghanaian children. The initiative involves a reading television show for children shown nationwide on GTV Saturdays at 12pm and repeated on Wednesdays at 5pm, the Ghana Learning TV, Net2, and GN Junior TV, as well as construction of libraries in school clusters that lack access to library facilities.

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The Rebecca Foundation and Brain Project donate Hospital equipment and PPEs to needy institutions

The Rebecca Foundation and the Brain Project has donated hospital equipment and consumables to some health institutions across the country.

In all, seven (7) municipal, constituencies and hospitals benefited from the donations. They include New Juaben North Municipal Assembly, Akuapem North Municipal Assembly Jaman North constituency, Sefwi Akontombra constituency, Takoradi Constituency, Lower Manya Krobo constituency and Gomoa Fetteh Holy Faith hospital.

Items donated to the beneficiary health institutions include 3D Ultra sound machines, examination beds, walking sticks, rollators, operating lamps and hospital consumables.

Making the donations on behalf of the First lady and The Rebecca Foundation, Mrs Akosua Newman, Director of Operations at the Office of The First Lady said Mrs. Akufo-Addo and The Rebecca Foundation is determined to contribute to making health care accessible and affordable to the good people of Ghana, especially in this time of Convid -19.

She said while the Foundation recognized the efforts government is making to re-equip the country’s health facilities with ultra-modern hospital equipment and ambulances, it is imperative for corporate institutions and benevolent individuals to contribute to improving our health sector.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiary institutions, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Takoradi Constituency and Regional Minister of Western Region, Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, expressed gratitude to the Rebecca Foundation and the Brain Project.

The Takoradi MP assured The Rebecca Foundation that items would be put to good use.

Other government officials present to receive donations on behalf of their constituencies were MP for Jaman North and Deputy Minister for Bono Region Hon. Siaka Stevens, MP for Sefwi Akontombra and Deputy Regional Minister for Western North- Hon. Alex Tetteh and Deputy Regional Minister for Eastern Region, Hon. Samuel Nuertey Ayertey.

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The Rebecca Foundation and CBI Ghana Ltd donate 1000 bags of cement to hairdressers and beauticians ASSOCIATION

The Rebecca Foundation in collaboration with CBI Ghana Limited(SUPACEM) has donated a thousand (1000 )bags of Cement to the Hairdressers and Beauticians Association to help build a Hairdressing school at Ashalaja Denhyira in the Greater Accra Region.

The donation was in response to a request made by the Association to the Executive Director of the Rebecca Foundation, Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo during the 10th Annual Salon Academy , 2020 in January.

The donation was presented to the Association by the Press Aide to the First Lady, Mr. Richard Darko and the Managing Director for CBI Ghana Limited, Frederick Albrecht.

Speaking at the donation ceremony, the Managing Director of CBI Ghana Limited, Frederic Albrecht expressed his joy at the collaboration between CBI Ghana Limited and the Rebecca Foundation.

“I am glad to be part of this wonderful donation and I know it will go a long way to help this wonderful ambition to build a school for the future”, he said.

Meanwhile, the National President of the Hairdressers and Beauticians Association, Mrs Lamptey who received the donation on behalf of the Association thanked the First Lady and CBI Ghana Limited for their kind gesture.

“I want to express my heart felt gratitude to the First lady, Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo- Addo and CBI Ghana Limited.

I must say we are truly grateful and God richly bless you all”, she said.

Rebecca Foundation presents relief boxes to Greater Kumasi residents

The Rebecca Foundation today presented two thousand boxes of relief items to the Mayor of Kumasi for distribution to the needy in areas affected by the partial lockdown, to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

The two thousand (2000 )boxes which contain rice, cooking oil, milo, sugar, milk ,canned tomatoes and canned fish among were donated by Orca Décor Ltd, who had earlier donated five thousand (5000) boxes to the Rebecca Foundation’s Relief Boxes Challenge which is an initiative by the Rebecca Foundation to partner corporate Ghana, individuals and civil society organizations to provide food and sanitary items to the most vulnerable especially women and children, affected by the partial lockdown.

The items will be distributed to the most vulnerable women and identifiable groups including Kayayei, the aged, destitute, and single mothers in all lockdown areas in the Greater Kumasi metropolitan area.

Presenting the boxes on behalf of the The Rebecca Foundation, Mrs. Perpetual Asante Amoah said the First Lady of The Republic and Executive Director of The Rebecca Foundation, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo appreciated the socio-economic impact of the measures being taken to prevent wide-spread infection of the deadly Covid-19 virus and was determined to assist in mitigating its attendant discomfort.

She urged corporate institutions and individuals to partner The Rebecca Foundation to ameliorate the effect of the partial lock down by contributing to The Rebecca Foundation Relief Boxes Challenge.

Receiving the items, Mayor of Kumasi, Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi described the donation as very timely and promised to ensure that they are handed to those who need them.

The Mayor also cautioned residents not to treat the partial lockdown period as a holiday to loiter around but rather adhere to the guidelines of the lockdown in order to prevent widespread infection of the coronavirus.