The Ladies Club of the Clement Kubindiwo Tedam–University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS) in Navrongo has presented assorted items to the Mother of Mercy Babies Home at Sirigu in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region.
The items, which included bags of rice, crates of eggs, biscuits, candies, cooking oil, herrings, soft drinks, milk, detergents, toiletries, clothes, sandals among others was for the upkeep of babies in the home.
The Ladies Club also presented an undisclosed amount of money to assist in the care of the babies and put smiles on the faces of the babies as the world prepares to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ usually characterised by merry-making.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on behalf of leadership and members of the Club after the presentation, Mrs Ruth Konogweh Ali Alatinga, said, “This is a season of love, and as we prepare to welcome Christ, we have decided to extend love to these babies.”
She said the Club saw the need to support the management of the Babies Home to enable them properly care for the babies who through no fault of theirs, found themselves in the Home, so that they would grow to become responsible citizens.
“These are our policy makers in future, and if we show them love, they will grow with that love and it will impact on society. We are excited with the management of the Home, the babies are looking strong and healthy, and we are confident that the items will be used for the intended purpose,” Mrs Alatinga said.
Reverend Sister Delphina Zoomie, the Administrator of the Home, said the Home started in 1984 when two white Reverend Sisters worked in the Sirigu community and often visited the local people in their homes.
She said during one of such visits, they observed that women in those days delivered their babies at home, and anytime a woman died during childbirth, that baby was seen as the cause of the death and presumed to be a bad sign, and to prevent occurrences of more deaths in the family, such babies were killed.
She said the white Sisters witnessed and rescued two babies about to be killed after their mothers passed on during childbirth, “So, these white ladies picked the babies and took care of them. One of them has completed University and is a teacher, and the other one is outside the country.”
Rev. Sister Zoomie, who is also a retired midwife, said they admitted to the Home, babies from zero to three years who lost their mothers during birth and their families could not take care of them, abandoned babies brought by the Police or the Department of Social Welfare among others.
She disclosed that the Home had 19 babies and solely depended on donations from organizations, individuals, philanthropists, and also reared animals such as pigs, fowls goats, and sheep to complement the donations they receive to feed the children.
“We thank God that people come to support us and we thank you all for your generosity,” Rev. Sister Zoomie told leadership and members of the Ladies Club of the CKT-UTAS.