President of Helping Africa Foundation, Mr Dan Ross, has commended First lady, Dr. Lordina Mahama for her immense contribution to humanity.
The Lordina Foundation has also been commended to be one of integrity, responsible and accountable for donor aids extended to it to carry out its humanitarian activities in the country. Medshare USA and Helping Africa Foundation, Non Governmental Non Profit Organizations on a mission to supporting NGOs in less developed countries, noted that out of the many NGOs they have partnered over the years in Africa, the Lordina Foundation has proven to be trustworthy and the kind of organization donors want to be associated with. Hence the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters conferred on the First Lady, by the Fordham University was just in place.
Mr Ross appreciated the good works that the Lordina Foundation was doing in Ghana, including caring for banished alleged witches at the Gambaga Camp. While Helping Africa Foundation has contributed to the Lordina foundation’s free medical screenings in various communities, such as the Gambaga Witches Camp and HIV and AIDS, cervical and breast screenings in some parts of the country, Medshare USA is also supporting the Foundation’s activities, especially its nationwide medical outreach, by donating surplus medical items it retrieves from well stocked health facilities elsewhere, for the purpose of helping underserved health facilities in developing countries, including Ghana.
During a luncheon, organized to celebrate the First Lady, on the recent honorary Doctor of Humane Letters conferred on her by the Fordham University, in the United States of America, Helping Africa Foundation, Medshare USA, and the Yale Alumni Association were elated to be part of the success story of Dr. Lordina Mahama and the Lordina Foundation.
Mr Daniel Ross noted that his organization has worked with many NGOs, some tinted with corruption, while others did not put to appropriate use the donor aids and funds donated to them. He however praised the Lordina Foundation to have stood out of the lots of NGOs operating in Ghana and Africa as a whole, and that Mrs. Mahama’s honesty has been rewarded.
Adding that the First Lady is a remarkable woman” who has the interest of others at heart, hence she deserved the award.
The Board Chairperson of the Medshare North East Council, Mrs Sandy Tytel said the Lordina Foundation, has over the years, proven to be committed to what it does, and have done so with passion, credibility and integrity.
Adding “She cares about the children, women and everyone. These are the kinds of partners that Medshare is looking for to work with,” “Dr Mahama has a big heart and we are very proud to associate with her……..Am not surprise that she received the honour because she deserve it.”
The First Lady, Dr. Lordina Mahama who said her passion for helping others began long before she became the First Lady of Ghana, was confronted with the effects of extreme poverty, when many came to her house in search of help to feed themselves and their families, pay school fees or buy some medicine, and she couldn’t turn anyone away.
“The idea occurred to me then to form a charity and help raise funds to assist the poor women of the constituency with livelihood and skills training. This was to enable them empower themselves and be able to create a livelihood for themselves and their families. This is how the early seeds of the Lordina Foundation were sown.
From this modest beginning, my work with Lordina Foundation has become a life-long passion and commitment, and of course today it has assumed wider responsibilities.”
Mrs. Mahama was appreciative of the supports the two organizations have lent to her Foundation’s ambition to give back to society, so far. She said in as much as the foundation has done a lot, much more needs to be done.
Later the wife of the Mayor of New York City, Chirlane McCray paid a courtesy call on the First Lady to congratulate her for her award and to have discussions of mutual interest in a closed-door meeting.
Both women share common interests of women empowerment, supporting children and the vulnerable.