RAINS celebrates Mandela’s birthday with orphanage

The Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS), a Tamale based non-governmental organisation (NGO) on Thursday fraternized with the inmates of the Tamale Children’s Home as part of its 20th Anniversary celebrations.

The Anniversary, which is on the theme: “Two decades of development through education, the perspective for the future”, was launched on 21st June this year and Thursday July 18, 2013 marks the second week of activities.

Mrs Mavis Kotoka, Human Resource and Training Officer of RAINS, dedicated to offering care and support to deprived communities and people, said the background of the organization had a link with Nelson Mandela, former South African President, who is observing his 95th birthday on a hospital bed.

She said, “Today being his birthday, the organization decided to reach out to vulnerable groups and to remember the good things of Nelson Mandela and so chose the children’s home.”

Mrs Kotoka noted that though the organization was not working with children directly, sometimes they embark on activities that would affect the lives of children positively.

She indicated that the organization’s aim of visiting the Home was to spend some time with the children, have fun with them and donate some items, such as soaps, bags of water, pampers, Indomie, bread, biscuits and toys to them.

Madam Augustina Quainoo, Supervisor of the Home said some of the children with one of their parents alive were usually taken back to their family houses when they attain a certain age.

She said other children who had also grown to certain ages but had no places or relatives to go were placed by the Department of Social Welfare for adoption.
She said the youngest child at the home was five months old whilst the oldest was seventeen.
Madam Quainoo noted that the home had a day care centre to teach the children and expressed gratitude to RAINS for the visit and the donation,

She appealed to the government and other NGO’s to come to their aid by providing them with security lights as well as funds to build a fence around the compound to protect the Home from encroachers. GNA

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