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Claire Stevenson and Partners construct washroom facility for St. Charles Special School in Bolgatanga

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A friend of Klicks Africa Foundation, Claire Stevenson, has constructed an ultra-modern toilet and urine facility for St. Charles Special School in Bolgatanga, in the Upper East region of Ghana.

The construction of the facility for the students became necessary after the founder of Klicks Africa Foundation, Mrs. Mary Amoah Kuffour, visited the school in August 2023 and noticed the challenges the children faced by defecating openly during school hours.

Mrs. Amoah Kuffour and her team paid a visit to the school after the maiden Bolgatanga Medical Outreach for parents and children with neuro-developmental disorders, organized by Professor Mamudu Akudugu and his wife, Mrs. Katherine K. Millar.

Speaking at the ceremony to hand over the facility to the school authorities, Mrs. Amoah Kuffour said it was an eyesore for her to see the students defecating and urinating in the open due to the lack of a urine and toilet facility for the only special needs school in the municipality.

As one of the major challenges for the school, she deemed it important to discuss it with a friend of their organization, Claire Stevenson, who supported them previously by donating a water tank to the school.

“When I came here, one of the things I noticed was that the school was under-resourced. And we also noticed that they don’t have a washroom. So I told myself that I will try and do something, and I discussed this with a very good friend of mine, her name is Claire. Claire has been a friend to me who supports every project I pick up to do, so immediately I made a call to her and said, ‘Claire, we have to do something to support this school.’ So first, she sent some funds to buy a poly tank and repair some of the chairs for the school. But again, we needed to embark on building the washroom for the school, so by the grace of God through their supervision because I never came here, I only sent the funds,” she said.

Samari Fatima, Headmistress of St. Charles Special School, explained to A1 News how the facility will help students, expressing deep gratitude to Claire Stevenson and her partners for the gesture. Considering the difficulties the students were going through, the building of the washroom facility is a big relief to her and the school.

Parents of the special needs children attending St. Charles Special School in Bolgatanga could not hide their joy for the support. Mrs. Dery Magdalene, who spoke on behalf of the parents, said they are overjoyed for the support by Claire Stevenson and her team and are still appealing for more support as other challenges still confront the school.

The host and co-host of the Bolgatanga medical outreach, Professor Mamudu Akudugu and his wife, Mrs. Katherine K. Millar, in collaboration with Millar Open University, Mission Pediatrics, Klicks Africa Foundation, and Rise Ghana, supervised the successful completion of the project.

On her part, Jaw-haratu Amadu, Head of Programs at RISE-Ghana, after the handing-over ceremony, admonished the staff of the school to ensure the facility is kept tidy at all times to ensure users are free from infections. She also urged the management of the school to put up a maintenance plan in order to sustain the neatness of the facility.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com | 101.1MHZ | David Azure | Bolgatanga

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