At the beginning of every year, a group of Archbishop Palmer-Buckle summer campers come together as one family to organize an event dub “charitas” donating to orphanages. The Kressner Handmaid Children’s Home, Otaten were not left out this year as they were recently showered with love and donation of toiletries, books, and other items by the summer campers as part of their annual activity.
A member of the camp entreated his fellow campers to continue to show love to one another and also be grateful for the little they have because they are for good.
Charitas is an event organized by a group of summer campers of the archbishop Palmer-Buckle summer vacation. It is an educative, spiritual however entertaining program organized by the Accra Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Council under the Auspices of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle.
Ms. Gabriella Garba Banzimbo, a member of the camp explained that the group is the youth arm of the Catholic Church in Ghana. “What we do as a year group in the various parishes is to come together and reunite as Catholic youth of the Archbishop Palmer Buckle Camp to show love to the young ones who need help or support in one way or the other,” she said.
The Children of the home were so excited and filled with joy as their sisters and brothers came to spend some ample time with them. They learned a lot while they mingle with the summer campers. The event was grazed by Dulcet Voices Choir, an upcoming youth choir of summer camp. The children on the other with joy entertained their guests with an amazing choreography expressing how grateful they are having them in their midst.
Kressner Handmaids Children’s Home is a home founded by former Archbishop Joseph Oliver Bowers, SVD and it is run by the Sisters of the Handmaids of the Divine Redeemer, HDR Accra to cater for orphans, children of HIV/AIDS patients, the less privileged and vulnerable children in society, and children who are abandoned by their parents.
The home started with 26 children but currently taking care of 34 at the ages of 6 to 16. The home depends on donations from the individual, groups, and organizations. To be able to monitor the children and impact them with good morals and education, the home manage to get its own school which is opened to the public.
Kressner Handmaids Children’s Home as it stands faces a lot of challenges. Sr. Abigail Josephine Apreko, HDR, in an interview stated that one of the most important things for them is to see the children grow to become responsible adults who will fit into society through the moral training and education they provide them.
In supporting the less privileged, one of the challenges they face is the payment of teachers. Sr. Abigail said that because the school is not under the government they find it difficult to pay the teachers for them to continue the work they are doing. The other challenges are lack of infrastructure, and insecurity.
Sr. Abigail Josephine Apreko speaking on behalf of the administrator of Kressner Handmaid Children’s Home, Sr. Mary Alice Kizita Otoo asked the public and individuals to sponsor the children’s school fees which will go a long way to pay the teachers well, help complete the classroom blocks which is under construction for the kids and security to help safeguard their land from land guards.