Kasapreko Company Limited (KCL) has pledged its continued support toward People Living with HIV/AIDS, especially those at the Matthew 25 House in Koforidua in the New Juaben Municipality of the Eastern Region, to eliminate or reduce stigmatisation they face as a result of the disease.

The company gave the assurance at this year?s ?Christmas Soup Kitchen? for the residents of Matthew 25 House at a cost of GH?25,000.

Additionally, the company made a donation of GH?11,000 to the House for the upkeep of the residents. Out of the amount, the staff of the Company raised GH?2,500 while management added GH?8,500. Other items donated to the House included household items, food items and clothing for the inmates.

Matthew 25 House is a Non-Governmental Organisation in Ghana established in 1998. The Project, which helps persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, currently operates from a rented home in Koforidua.

Some of the services the house provides are care and support for Persons living with HIV/AIDs as well as orphans and vulnerable children; sexual education programmes for the youth in second cycle institutions; Education and Communication materials to the general public; and skill training for women and youth.

For the past eight years, persons living with HIV/AIDs from the New Juaben Municipality and its environs as well as orphans and the vulnerable have been brought together by management of Matthew 25 House to celebrate the annual event.

The Director of the House, Rev. Msgr. Alex Bobby Benson, said: ?We must be committed to fighting poverty, loneliness, and stigmatisation that Mother Teresa encouraged us to be concerned about.  We must endeavour to reach out and become the healthy family support system that so many poor families need from us, especially during Christmas.?

The Marketing Manager of KCL, Mr. Clarence Amenyah, said that the decision to support residents of the House follows a request from its operators to assist its annual Christmas Soup kitchen.

?Management of the Company realised it was something that was very touching, and for that matter worth supporting; and it was for this reason that the Company wholeheartedly went on board to ensure that the residents catered for by the House had a nice and memorable Christmas celebration.

?Supporting this event is basically to recognise that People Living with HIV/AIDS are also human beings — but unfortunately the stigmatisation against them is very disturbing. There is no way society can eliminate them.

Some of them are breadwinners — but once the unfortunate thing happens to them and they find themselves carrying the virus, they automatically lose their jobs; and as such it affects the family in general,? he noted.  


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