It was an interesting day at SOS CV Asiakwa as friends and families trooped in to bid farewell to four co-workers, Ms. Margaret Opoku, Ms. Janet Asare, Ms. Theodora Acolatse and Mr. Douglas Asumadu. Although the atmosphere was a sad one, it was also a joy to celebrate these incredible individuals who have worked selflessly for the wellbeing of underprivileged children.
Mothers Theodora, Janet and Margaret served as SOS mothers for 26, 22 and 38 years respectively while Mr. Douglas Asumadu served as a security man for 17 years.
In his opening remarks, the Programme Director of SOS CV Asiakwa, Mr. Daniel Baani noted that the remarkable thing about the service of these co-workers is that, they have spent a good number of years nurturing children with love to grow and become responsible members of society. ‘The task has not been an easy one, but you all have lived exemplary lives that you will be remembered for’ he emphasized.
Mr. Theophilus Quaye, the Human Resource Manager of SOS CV Ghana in presenting the farewell packages to the retirees said ‘So many people have contributed to serving the interest of children. It is all a matter of making a difference. You will reap the benefits of your labour. I want to say Ayekoo!’.
Speaking during the sendoff event, the Village Director, Mr. Emmanuel Effirim said ‘all the mothers have played an important role in the lives of the upbringing of their SOS children. One thing he will remember is that the 3 mothers had lively homes. They will all be missed, however, the training and discipline they instilled in the children will live on, and they will be duly rewarded.
Bishop Charles Palmer Buckle, who was also present at the event spoke about his relationship with the SOS CV Asiakwa and mentioned that he was impressed at the patience and understanding on the part of the SOS Mothers towards the children when he first visited the Villages years ago.
‘SOS CV Ghana must teach all Ghanaians how to love children regardless of whether they are their biological children or not. Children must not be affected by parents’ disagreements. I came to encourage you, to keep up the good work as an Organization’ he added.
Your valuable contributions towards the underprivileged children over the years will not be forgotten. You have served diligently in your capacity as Mothers, caregivers and security. You have worked so hard to ensure that the children in your care become better men and women. To Maa Maggie, Maa Theo, Maa Jane and General as the children call you, SOS Children’s Villages Ghana is so grateful for your contribution. You will be missed!!!!