OSCAA donates to Positive Action for Porter girls, Madina (CHARITAS 2022)

CHARITAS is an annual charity event organized by old students of the former Archbishop Gabriel Summer School Campers Association (O.S.C.A.A), Accra. Monday, 3rd January, 2022 was the third edition since 3rd January, 2020.


This year’s CHARITAS was held at Positive Action for Porter girls, Madina. The office is located at the heart of the Madina market. Mr. Christian Vordzorgbe and Rev. Sr. Angelina Gerhaz (SSpS- Korle Gonnor) are the founders of this center for porter girls in the Madina market.  P.A.P.G (Madina) was established on the 26th of October, 2010. The main aim for this foundation is to provide assistance to porter girls in terms of education, finance, health, psychological needs and many others.

The foundation has helped numerous girls and has equipped them with formal education or skill training benefits. Currently, nine of the girls are in formal education. Twenty- eight of them are currently into skills training which include; cosmetology, soap making, beading craft, sewing and many others. The foundation also establishes these girls to set up their own business. Another aim of the foundation is to repatriate them back to their various hometowns especially the Northern part of Ghana.

O.S.C.A.A saw the need to share love and needful items with them during this festive season. With their interaction with them, they shared some of their grievances and struggles and thanked O.S.C.A.A for extending a helping hand to them. The O.S.C.A.A planning team  under the leadership of Gabriella Garba Banzimbo and Ebenezer Dotse with the support and contributions of the old campers and  some priests helped achieved this aim of sharing love and most importantly, creating awareness on human trafficking. The Archdiocesan Youth Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Januarius Akpabli gave his support to help OSCAA realize this dream.

Some problems the center for Positive Action for Porter Girls face especially is lack of funds to efficiently help cater for the girls as their numbers keep growing, poor accommodation for the girls amongst many others. The girls who are predominantly victims of human trafficking face trauma, engaging in some illicit acts for money and many others.

“I want to go back to school and stay with my family” cries a sixteen year old porter girl who dropped out of school at primary four (4).

“I was forced to come and work here in order to make ends meet but I barely have enough to cater for me how much more my family in the village?” This is a grievance from another porter girl.

The Positive Action for Porter Girls, Madina calls for support from all. O.S.C.A.A also in the same harmonious tone pleads for help and support of any form to these girls who suffer violence and abuse every day.

O.S.C.A.A has further touched lives and shared love with kids from Don Bosco Children’s Village, Ashaiman (2020) which was the maiden edition, Kressner Handmaids Children’s Home, Otaten and Positive Action for Porter Girls, Madina.

 

Source: DEPSOCOM Accra.

 

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