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Church of Jesus Christ Donates New Classroom Building and Sanitation Facility to School in Kotwi, Ghana

Community joins together with Church leaders at donation ceremony

Students at the District Assembly School in Kotwi, Ghana, at donation ceremony for new classroom building and sanitation facility. 2 April 20242024 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
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On 2 April 2024, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated a fully furnished, ten room classroom block, a 12-seat sanitation facility, and a complete water system to the District Assembly school in Kotwi, Ghana.

The donation was made in response to pleas from the traditional leaders, community leaders, and students of Kotwi to help them fix the infrastructure of the district school.  With an overwhelming student population, inadequate and overpopulated classrooms, and a lack of desks, tables, and chairs, the Church’s donation was an answer to prayers.

A donation ceremony was held on the school grounds with inter-faith, government, and traditional leaders in attendance.  Parents, students, and community members were also present at the event.  The district director of education, Doris Ofori, the Honorable Kofi Amankwaa Manu, member of parliament and deputy minister of defence in Ghana, and Kwabena Odei Asamoah, spokesperson for the Atwima Kwanwoma District Assembly (AKDA), represented the community in accepting the donation.  Also speaking at the ceremony local assemblyman, Justice John Akoma.

Representing the Church of Jesus Christ was President Samuel Appiah of the Kumasi Ghana Bantama Stake.  He was accompanied by Bishop Alexander Cobbina of the Nkoranza Ward and Bishop Rockson Appiah of the Kokoben Ward.  Elder Brian Dunn and Sister Sharon Dunn, church humanitarian missionaries, were also in attendance.

The Honorable MP Manu said, “When I first visited the school and saw teachers and students sitting under these trees studying, I shed tears in front of the humanitarian missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  If this church has belief in us by providing this facility for us and our children, let us also as parents and community members help our children to excel and rise up.”

Doris Ofori, district director of education, noted that the Church’s donations had been a tremendous blessing for the district and community members, and Justice John Akoma encouraged the students and teachers to,” cultivate the spirit of maintenance and protect these facilities to enable them to serve their intended purposes.”

In his comments President Appiah said, “We, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints only seek to follow the admonition of Christ by visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, putting clothing on the back of the destitute.” He added that “by doing these simple acts, we respond to the Saviours call to love our neighbors and to be our brothers’ keeper.  We are grateful to the people of the Kotwi community for coming to us and allowing us to serve them.”

The donation ceremony included traditional dance and student speakers.  The Church leaders were presented with a citation from the community and a plaque was unveiled on the new classroom block.  MP Manu joined Bishop Rockson Appiah and Doris Ofori in cutting the ribbon on the sanitation facility.

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