Crime Check Foundation, CCF with support from two of its US based group donors, Columbus Ghanaian SDA Church and Friends of Jesus Club (Church of Pentecost Central Assembly) have reached-out to the Motherly Love Foundation, an HIV/AIDS orphanage at Kwabenya in Accra, with assorted food items, personal hygiene supplies and toiletries in addition to an amount of One Thousand Five Hundred Ghana Cedis.
The items which run into thousands of Ghana Cedis include, 10 packs of Irish Spring Soap, 40 pieces of Zote Soap, 6 packs of Colgate toothpaste, 15 packs of Sugar, 24 tins of Milk, 15 tins of Salt, 15 bottles of cooking oil, 20 tins of Tuna Flakes and 5 boxes of Chocolate Milk.
The donation by CCF is to demystify stigma which has been the major cause of deaths among most HIV/AIDS patients in the country. The donation is to help the little orphans who are mostly abandoned HIV/AIDS to patients to help boost their immune system as they take their anti-retroviral drugs.
Presenting the items, the Executive Director of Crime Check Foundation, CCF, Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng acknowledged the efforts of the Director of the orphanage, Reverend John Azuma who has been living with the disease for over two decades and his wife, Mrs. Lydia Azuma for their support for orphaned HIV/AIDS children. “I am very happy for the work you are doing and would want to thank you and your wife. This is what is stipulated in the Bible, Quran and other religious books to be generous to widows and orphans.” He said.
Mr. Oppong Kwarteng, who is also the Ambassador Extraordinaire of Ghana’s Prisons, was optimistic about the future of Motherly Love Foundation and pledged CCF’s continuous support to the welfare of the orphaned HIV/AIDS children. “With the support from our donors we intend to bring to you a lot more items.” He said.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Motherly Love Foundation, Reverend John Azuma expressed gratitude to CCF and its donors for the support. The outspoken HIV/AIDS advocate called on the public to rather encourage children living with the disease to take their anti-retroviral drugs than stigmatize them. “I thank all CCF donors for the support. Let’s come together to fight the stigma. If you are infected with HIV/AIDS you can still live your normal life so let’s stop the stigmatization because a friend with the disease is still your friend.” He said.
CCF is appealing to compassionate individuals and organizations to come to the aid of the orphanage.
The Foundation’s upcoming series on support for HIV/AIDS patients will seek to solicit support for HIV/AIDS patients who have been deserted because of stigma.