The 2nd of July 2016 will forever remain one of the heartwarming moments on the hearts of inmates of the Senior Correctional Centre of the Ghana Prisons Service in Accra.
In what was dubbed the ‘Compassion Project ‘ student leaders and volunteers from far and near joined the youngsters in harmony to engage in several activities. Paramount among them was the donation of items including provisions and other food items, clothes and books to the unit.
This was preceded by a health screening exercise, outdoor and indoor games, a focused group counseling and a get-together, packed with fun.
The event which saw the participation of about 70 beneficiaries was inspired by the challenges that confront the service.
The Senior Correctional Centre is the only institution in the country that caters for young offenders and juveniles. The centre takes care of them by training them in various vocational trades like Welding, Vulcanizing, Tailoring, Carpentry, Draftsmanship, Auto electrical and mechanical and General Electricals. They are also given tuition in the classroom on ICT and Moral education.
Speaking at the event, Executive Director of NSAGhana, Prince David Orchill expressed his satisfaction at the level of impact the Borstal Home is making in the life of the juveniles. “As people with the wellbeing of the nation at heart, it behooves on us to put a smile on the face of others. It is our pleasure to extend a helping hand to our folks here”, he said.
“We are witnesses to the good work done here by the authorities to put the inmates in good shape”, he added.
The leadership of the unit expressed their gratitude for the compassion showed them.
The compassion project is an initiative of NSAGhana, a youth and students group that doubles as organiser of the annual National Students’ Awards.