GhanaMade, a Ghanaian owned company that promotes and markets made in Ghana products has presented some locally produced items to 'Save Them Young', an orphanage at Bethlehem, an Ashaiman suburb.
The donated items, valued at GHÂÂ¢2,139 and include GhanaMade brands of rice; such as Gold Star, Oman Ba, Northern Star, as well as some other food items, including Winnies banku flour and Nkatie Burger.
The rest of the items were 'chocho' soaps and creams, myroc canned tuna, frying pan, golden pebbles, chocolates, cocoa beverages, detergents and some Fon toilet rolls.
Handing over the items to a senior home mother of the orphanage, Mrs. Comfort Aniagyei, Managing Director (MD) of GhanaMade, remarked that the donation clearly indicated her company's preparedness to support inmates of the orphanage especially during the Christmas festive when most families were expected to be united to celebrate the end-of-year festive.
The GhanaMade MD explaining the reason behind her company's gesture noted that even though it was in line with the company's corporate social responsibility it was also meant to make inmates of the home feel thought and cared for as the a new year had just began. She hoped that donation will put smile on the faces.
According to her, even though the items are supposed to be used by handlers of the home for the inmate's day to day upkeep it was also aimed at introducing them to the high quality locally made products, which according to her majority of Ghanaians considered inferior to foreign imported.
"It is very important that our little ones are started on our own Ghanaian products. We at GhanaMade believe that if we could succeed at that level we would have equally succeeded in helping these little ones to appreciate and consume products manufactured right here in Ghana" she stated.
The trend she noted could be reversed to a positive one if Ghanaians embraced and patronized locally manufactured products."It is high time Ghanaians moved away from wanting everything foreign. Such situations only demean us as a people and consequently retard our progress as one people" she commented.
On what could be done to improve the country's fight against the high unemployment rate, Mrs. Aniagyei called for higher patronage of Ghanaian-made products and added that it will help create more jobs thus reducing crime rate in the country.
"The country would be able to achieve economic and financial independence from the supposed International financial institutions in order to sustain revenue generation," she said.
Turning her attention on the inmates of the home, Mrs. Aniagyei urged them to be obedient to their guardians, and further urged them to work hard so as to become meaningful Ghanaian in their adult lives.
Lydia Coffie, Senior Home Mother at the orphanage, in receiving the items thanked Mrs. Aniagyei for the kind gesture and added that it was timely, because the home was experiencing some difficulties.
Madam Lydia assured the GhanaMade owner that the items will be put to good use. She continued that the company's gesture will mitigate some of the financial expenditure of the home
The home has 69 children currently with 40 of them being boys and 29 as girls. Most of the inmates were entrusted to home by the Social Welfare, although the home has been opened to all less privileged children.