After 8 months of construction, the first two building projects which would serve as dormitories for our youngsters were completed. The dormitories serve the purpose of a temporary shelter for our beneficiaries for their period of schooling.
The occasion began with a mass service, committing subsequent activities in the Lord. After mass, the audience were entertained with a traditional dance.
The MD of ROHC, Jan Mühlenbrink welcomed all guests, ROHC family and especially our two Patron fathers, Fr Bernd and Fr Konrad.
The MD addressed the audience about the purpose of gathering. It was then that the name of the “New Land” was unveiled as “Welfare, Empowerment and Mobility Centre – WEM. WEM Centre shall be a Centre for essential skills training, a pathway to independence in the lives of our beneficiaries.The word “WEM”has also a meaning in the local language “Dangbe” spoken in the area, which is: “HOME”. He acknowledged the efforts of all who contributed their mental and physical strength in the developing steps of WEM.
The Chief of Ayikuma, Nene Awojaga III stated his pleasure in the start of a project of this nature in his community. He reiterated that Education is a necessity in life, and that all children, irrespective of their background, class or age should not be denied of it.
The chairman for the occasion was then introduced to his seat by Evans Azamelah, Education Officer. The Chairman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly. He spent his childhood years in Zongo-Laka where we have our “First Contact Place”. In his speech, he commended the efforts of Rays of Hope Centre in its service to the less privileged and marginalized street children in Ashaiman and its environs.
There were performances also from our beneficiaries. Choreography, Poem recital (English and Dangbe), song ministration and drama were some of their performances. An 11 year old beneficiary, Samuel Ganyo presented an art work on the concept of “street life”, “life in the Centre”, “Happy moments” and “reintegration”. The concept summarised the core functions of the organization.
A presentation of Samuel’s Art work to Father Bernd and another art drawn by a former beneficiary were presented to Father Konrad and Father Bernd respectively.
Our patron fathers now took turns to bless the buildings. The male dormitory named “Fr Konrad WEM”.” was blessed by Father Konrad Lienhard, founder of ROHC and the female dormitory was blessed by Father Bernd Heisterkamp, chairman of “Aktion Lichtblicke” in Germany. The name of the female dormitory is “Fr Bernd WEM”.
After the blessing of the buildings, the Chairman, Chief, Fathers and invited guest were shown around the mango plantation, bio gas septic tank, borehole, vegetable garden and some farm animals.
Father Ellis of St Gabriel Anglican Church said the closing prayer as the programme came to a close.
Pleasantries were exchanged during the informal session, amidst music and a barbecue get together.