ABURA:AYA assists Yamoransa with library, ICT centre
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The construction of a library and an Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre worth about GH¢600,000.00 are underway at Yamoransa in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District of the Central Region.
The projects when completed will serve students in the town and its surrounding communities.
The Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) affiliated to the University of Yale in the United States of America (USA) is funding the projects with support from the entire Yamoransa Township.
A ten-day community service was carried out in the town during which a health screening exercise was conducted by a team of medical doctors of the AYA with assistance from other volunteers for about 1,304 people who were treated and advised on various diseases and their preventive measures.
Some of the diseases screened during the exercise included diabetes, high blood pressure and malaria.
At a durbar to express its appreciation to AYA and other collaborators, Nana Akwa II, the Sumankwaahene of Yamoransa, said the community believes that the encounter marked the beginning of a long lasting relationship between the town and AYA and that AFS and UCC should continue to serve as bridges in the relationship.
He thanked AYA, AFS, UCC and all organisations that devoted their time and energy in ensuring the success of the community service.
Mark Dolhorf, leader of the AYA, was full of praise of the people of Yamoransa for their cooperation and warmth and stressed that the main objectives of the community service were serving, sharing and learning which had been fulfilled.
He said the team would continue to keep the bond of friendship they had created with residents of the town.
Explaining AYA’s link with Yamoransa, Mr. Kwame Otchere, the National Director of American Field Service (AFS) Ghana, one of the organizations which initiated the connection told the Ghana News Agency that AYA approached him in search of a town to have its community service in the Region.
He said when he also introduced AYA’s idea to the Department of Population and Health at the University of Cape Coast, it (university) quickly welcomed the initiative and selected Yamoransa, a town it had adopted as a social laboratory.
AYA, apart from the knowledge they imparted, donated books, pencils, pens, crayons and other teaching and learning material to be distributed among pupils in all the schools at Yamoransa.
AYA also organised an entrepreneurship and financial management workshop for bakers, dressmakers, kenkey sellers and other traders to help improve their trade and advised them to form trade association to seek financial support.
Mr. Seth Amoako, a volunteer from AFS said the workshop had already started yielding results as bakers of the town had formed an association named Yamoransa Bakers’ Association, which recently visited Takoradi Floor Mill to make arrangement for flour on credit.
Pupils from Mount Zion Methodist Primary and Junior High School (JHS), Catholic Primary and JHS, Yamoransa Municipal Authority (M/A) Primary School, Saint Anthony Preparatory School, and Commonwealth Preparatory School were taken through English, Science, Mathematics Arts, Sports and History lessons as part of the community service.