The National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Ghana, Mr. Alexander Mar Kekula has called on society to help build an ecosystem that is safe for the growth and development of children and that in so doing, build a better nation.
He pointed out it is not an impossible task as many believe but starts with as taking the very first steps by teaching showing children respect, love peace and compassion as well as ensuring that we instill in them the spirit of togetherness.
She made this plea to society while speaking in an interview with Graphic Online where discussion of a partnership between SOS and child-focused NGO, Bread of Life International, was ongoing and which promises to feed about 1000 children in the Ashaiman municipality of the Greater Accra Region.
“We have a population of 30.1 million people in Ghana and a large portion of our population are children. Sometimes there is an average of three to four children per family. The poverty gap is also increasing as a nation even as we try to reduce poverty, there are many people who are giving birth to children but are not prepared in terms of the right skills, to have jobs, and we have many teenagers giving birth too early. Because of that, the safety net for children may not be there. We wish that we are able to reach out to every deprived child to support them,” he said.