The management of Anita Hotel, a highly rated hospitality firm at Ejisu, last Wednesday brought smiles on the faces of inmates of the Garden City Special School, when they treated them to a special pre-Christmas party.
The inmates were additionally provided free eye and medical services by highly qualified health personnel contracted by the hotel management.
The programme, dubbed Anita Hotel Special Carols, is an annual occasion organised by the Executive Director of the facility, Mrs. Janet Sefa-Boakye, as part of the hotel's social responsibility.
It is also aimed at bringing the plights of the inmates to the attention of society.
About hundreds of the inmates were treated to sumptuous meals prepared by chefs of the hotel, amid Gospel songs from some selected artistes in Kumasi.
Mrs. Janet Sefa-Baokye, in a short address at the ceremony, said the objective of the annual programme was to inspire the inmates to enable them cultivate a high sense of belonging in society.
She noted that a lot of attention needed to be given to pupils of the school, because of their peculiar situation, and this, she said, would go a long way to enhance their personal development.
Mrs. Sefa-Boakye said the development of the intellectually handicapped was the responsibility of each and every single member of society, and therefore, appealed to philanthropists especially, to constantly come to their aid.
Besides organising an annual party for the inmates, the hotel, according to the Executive Director, also assists the school in various ways, in terms of funding and the provision of logistics.
The Headmistress of the school, Dr. Rosaline Frimpomaa Agyapong, noted that the major challenges of the school were the delay in the release of feeding grants and lack of classroom facilities.
She indicated that the available infrastructure cannot accommodate the increasing number of students, and would, therefore, require assistance from the government and other civil society groups.
"We run the facility solely on our little budget available; currently, we feed the inmates on GHÂÂ¢1.80 a day, this is woefully inadequate, besides since we do not charge fees, we are forced to depend on the little budget available," she lamented.