The Royal Bank Foundation has organised an end-of-year Christmas party for the children at the Autism Centre in Kokomlemle, Accra, as part of its efforts to support children with special needs.
The event forms part of the Foundation’s corporate social responsibility initiatives and its continuous efforts in supporting the Autism Centre over the years.
Earlier this year the foundation refurbished the centre’s playground and its sensory room and donated some office materials and cash to help the centre in its daily activities.
Dr Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, Head of Strategic Planning, Research and Corporate Affairs, said autism awareness was one of the key issues that the bank wants to bring up, which was why they have committed themselves to supporting the centre every year.
He said the end-of-year party was just one of the few things they do for the centre, adding that this year’s was the second time the foundation was doing so for the children and the caregivers. “The caregivers are doing some very difficult jobs that most of us probably would not be able to do so every year we try to appreciate the services they render to the centre.”
He added that most of the caregivers were doing the work for free, and it was important that the bank appreciates them in the little way that it could so they feel recognised.
“The centre is one of the partners of the foundation and we are committed to supporting them every year in whichever way we could. Next year, we would try to expand their playing tools and teaching materials.”
He said the foundation has had a wonderful year in its efforts at providing potable water for deprived communities all over the country. He added that the foundation had so far commissioned 42 boreholes out of the 60 it targeted for this year, and added that efforts are far advanced for the rest of the 18 boreholes to be commissioned in the Upper East Region.
Madam Serwah Quaynor, founder of the centre, thanked The Royal Bank Foundation for its continuous support to the centre.
She added that the foundation has been very supportive over the years and has continually put smiles on the faces of the children and their caretakers.
She appealed to other organisations to lend a helping hand to the centre.
The Autism Awareness, Care and Training (AACT) was birthed in 1998 in a small room at the back of Madam Quaynor’s house with six children.
Seventeen years on, the centre now works from a building in Kokomlemle and currently has about 30 children ranging from preschoolers to young adults.