The National Petroleum Authority has put smiles on the faces of children in three institutions by donating food items, toiletries and an undisclosed amount of money to the three institutions in Accra and Tamale this festive season.
The beneficiary institutions are Dzorwulu Special School and Autism Awareness Center in Accra and Tamale Children’s Home in Tamale in the Northern Region.
In the spirit of the festive season, the state-owned petroleum downstream regulator presented the items as part of its corporate social responsibility.
It said after a careful and thorough assessment of requests from several institutions, the authority decided to settle on the three because they are in dire need of support.
At the Tamale Children’s Home, the Authority, led by Chairman of the staff welfare, Joseph Awan, donated food items and money to the orphanage.
He said the donation is part of the authority’s commitment to supporting institutions that are impacting society in the right way.
“I am here on behalf of the Chief Executive, the board and the entire staff of the NPA and we are confident the items will go a long way to help address some of the challenges facing the home,” he said during the donation ceremony.
In Accra, both the Autism Awareness Care and Training and the Dzorwulu Special School were given an undisclosed amount of money to help cater for some of their desperate needs.
The Autism centre further received food items including rice, cooking oil and detergents. The Dzorwulu School received student beds, mattresses, plastic chairs and ceiling fans, which are some of their pressing needs.
At the two institutions, the Chief Inspector from NPA, Esther Anku, praised the school authorities for their devotion towards the children with “special needs.”
She acknowledged the challenge involved in educating the children but assured them of the authority’s support towards their work.
“You are doing a very wonderful job and we share in the mission of the centre and, we have several items to donate to the school.”
Mrs Anku said giving remains important of the authority’s work culture and as a regulator of a sensitive sector like petroleum, they are minded by their corporate social responsibilities towards those in dire need of assistance.
“Our chief executive is committed to this project and our support for the school will continue to come in,” she said at the Dzorwulu Special School.
Mrs Serwaa Quainoo, Founder and Head of the Autism Awareness Care and Training (AACT) said autism is more of a communication issue.
She, therefore, advised the public to be on the lookout for potential signs in their children.
Symptoms of autism include social withdrawal, problems with two-way conversation, repetitive movement, not engaging in play with peers, learning disability or difficulty, lack of empathy, a deficit in language comprehension, poor eye contact, delay in learning to speak and inappropriate social interaction.
She was hopeful with the right care and support for autistic children, they will be able to live independent lives.