The project is to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment for the children, who currently walk for about seven kilometres from the orphanage to the nearest public school.The American singer and producer of Christian worship music, Mr Donald James Moen, popularly known as Don Moen, and his friends, who visited the country for a music show last Saturday, cut the sod for the project to begin.
When completed, the project will include a 12-classroom block for kindergarten to primary six, a dining hall and a kitchen, a library, an information communication technology (ICT) laboratory, a music study, a staff common room and washrooms.
Briefing the financiers of the project, the contractor, Mr Ezekiel Ocloo, said: “it will take four months to put the whole building up and a month to put together the furniture and other finishing.”
That, he said, was to make it possible for the foundation to inaugurate and dedicate the school before the next academic year, in September 2020.
Mr Ocloo expressed optimism that the project would be completed within schedule as all funds and materials needed had been made available.
Speaking before the sod cutting, Mr Moen said the school project was his way of giving back to Ghana after having the opportunity to visit and perform his music on various platforms, including state shows for the past 13 years.
He told the gathering that giving back to society meant adding action to worship and as a worshipper, he did not only worship through music but also through giving.
As the lead support of the NGO, Mr Moen commended all his donors, including those in Ghana, for supporting a good cause and prayed that they would reap in multiple folds what they had given.
He pledged to continue to use his foundation to support the orphanage adding that “the next time it is going to be a $100 million project.
The founder and caretaker of the home, Mrs Naomi Amoah, expressed her gratitude to the foundation for supporting the orphanage for the past 10 years.
She revealed that currently there was one person from the home pursuing his master’s degree at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), while 16 others were in various universities which placed financial burden on the orphanage.
Mrs Amoah, therefore, appealed to other benevolent individuals and corporate groups to come to the aid of the children with a means of transport, a standby generating set, computers, sanitary items, food, among other items.