Philanthropist donates to students of single parents
●Ms Naomi Danso, mother (left) and Akosua Danso (middle) presenting the scholarship
to Benjamin Afful
Akosua Kyerewaa Danso through her group, LendAhand Disability Organisation in the United States of America (USA), has donated GHc4,000 to two students of single parents at Tarkwa Senior High School (TARSCO) in the Tarkwa -Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region.
The beneficiaries, Charles Asare and Benjamin Afful, final year students, each received GHc2,000, under the Grace Karikari scholarship awards.
The presentation formed part of the 60th anniversary of TARSCO held at Tarkwa last Saturday, to honour pioneers of the school.
In an interview with The Spectator, Akosua explained that the donation was to honour her grandmother, Madam Grace Karikari, who was a single parent, raised about 14 children without any fixed tuition or help from anyone.
“I came from the US to present scholarship to Charles and Benjamin, as an honour to my grandmother, Grace. I thought I would make a legacy here. My mother and uncles attended TARSCO.”
Already, Akosua who has lived most her life in the US, and attending College at Syracuse, New York, USA, said, her foundation, LendAhand, had previously donated and helped needy students and sponsored the tuition of a blind student.
She told The Spectator, that she had again donated white canes to blind students in Ghana and some items during COVID -19 pandemic.
Akosua added “People had to quit school because they didn’t have devices. So I donated two laptops, two phones to students, broadly, the foundation seeks to assist all students including those with disabilities or disadvantaged.
“We seek to help them reach the same level as their peers in order to succeed. The scholarship is to help others and encourage them to do more .”
Madam Naomi Danso, Akosua’s mother and TARSO old student, explained that, the two students selected must come from a single family home with one parent dead.
She indicated that 10 of her siblings including herself, attended TARSCO and were all taken care of by Mrs Grace Karikari,
Akosua, since 2020, had made donations to the disabled and needy students in Ghana.
“In 2021,during the International menstrual hygiene week celebration, Akosua donated six months worth of sanitary products to 100 students at the Wa School for the Blind in the Western Region and Adjei Kojo School of the Deaf in the Greater Accra Region,” Naomi added.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Tarkwa