According to Charles Asiedu, Managing Director for Ecobank in the country, the donation coincided with Ecobank Day which is commemorated across the 33 countries in which the bank operates on the African continent. On this day CSR activities are conducted to give back to society.
“This is a double celebration for us. We are just coming from celebrating ten years of innovative banking in the country and as we are taking part on Ecobank Day we thought it wise to donate to Jacaranda Children’s Home because of the selfless spirit those running this orphanage are showing to the less privileged children. Due to wars, unforeseen circumstances and HIV/AIDS, Africa has over 52 million orphans representing 5 percent of the entire continent’s population and that’s a huge figure. So as a bank that was established by Africans, every year in all countries we operate we set aside a day to give back and we had information that this place is actually struggling that’s why we decided to come and support them," said Asiedu.
Asiedu further said other than supporting the orphanage, the bank also supports financially needy students schooling in various primary, secondary and tertiary institutions of the country. He observed that the playfield being leveled underprivileged children can compete head to head in academics with those coming from wealthy families as such the bank believes by rendering its support in education it is contributing to the development of the country by raising a group of educated future leaders.
Ecobankers at Jacaranda Children's Home
On his part, Alexander Paddy, Board Chairperson for Jacaranda Children’s Home said the institution is struggling financially as it cannot manage to meet operational expenses. He added that when the corporate world and people of goodwill step in with such donations it keeps the orphanage’s hopes of surviving on.
“Honestly there’s a lot to be done at this place. There’s need to improve welfare of the orphans kept here and also prioritize maintenance projects. These demand substantial resources, which currently we don’t have. On this note let me convey our profound gratitude to Ecobank for remembering Jacaranda Children’s Home,” remarked Paddy.
Speaking to MBC during the function, Lumbani Misoya, Ecobank’s Media and Brands Communications Officer said this year the bank set aside K15 million Kwacha for corporate social responsibility activities and to date it has spent close to K10 million in various community engagement activities. She said there are a number of initiatives that will be rolled out in line with their CSR Policy. On this particular occasion the bank donated 50 mattresses, 50 bath towels and 50 bed sheets among other items.
Lumbani Misoya, Ecobank
Jacaranda Children’s Home was established way back in 1963 initially as an institution of poor coloured girls and boys. Currently it is being managed by Sisters of Our Lady a convent of the Catholic Church.