The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ghana, His Excellency Ron Strikker, has paid a day working visit to the SOS Children’s Village Kumasi (SOS CV Kumasi).
The visit was part of efforts by His Excellency Strikker to familiarize himself with the operations of SOS Children’s Villages Ghana.
The Ambassador accompanied by his wife and entourage were received by the Management, Staff and Children of the Village where they were treated to traditional dance performances by the children in the Village.
The Management and the Ambassador’s entourage then held a short meeting where His Excellency Strikker was briefed about the operations of the Village.
The Programme Director of SOS CV Kumasi, Mr. Bernard Amoako, in his opening remarks, thanked the people of the Netherlands for their continuous support towards the operations of the organization.
He noted that the people of the Netherlands have been long standing partners in ensuring that SOS Children’s Villages Ghana reaches more vulnerable children who are at risk of losing parental care.
Mavis Ekpe, the FSP Coordinator for SOS CV Kumasi also took the Ambassador and his entourage through the two main flagship projects runs by SOS Children’s Villages Ghana; the Family Like Care (FLC) and the Family Strengthening Programme (FSP).
The team then toured the facilities including the Medical Centre, the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School and the Family house. The Ambassador interacted with co-workers, children, as well as mothers in the various family houses.
Mr. Amoako then led the team to the ‘No Business As Usual (NBU) project’ hub where the Ambassador and his team were briefed about the project which seeks among other things to empower the youth within Asokore Municipality with entrepreneurial and employability skills.
The NBU project is a collaboration between SOS Children’s Villages Ghana and the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly with funding from the European Union.
His Excellency Strikker, commended SOS Children’s Villages Ghana for its commitment to ensuring that vulnerable children had a chance for a better life. He called on philanthropists, benevolent individuals and organizations to continually support the operations of SOS CV Ghana to reach out to many more vulnerable children and their families.