The University of Cape Coast (UCC) branch of the Students Volunteers Connect (SVC) has donated assorted items to support flood victims at Nyangolingo, a community near Sirigu in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region.
The items included; used clothing and sandals, toiletries, sachets of rice, a bag of maize, exercise books, packs of toilet rolls, detergents, cans of fish and beverages among others.
The SVC is a philanthropic group of students from the UCC and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) aimed at supporting victims of natural disasters, especially in Northern Ghana.
Recently, some communities in the Upper East Region were hit by floods, which killed over 20 people and destroyed several properties, including; houses that were destroyed.
Addressing the media after presenting the items; Mr Emmanuel John Agangezesun Awine, the Founder and Leader of the group, said the donation was from contributions of students and some members of the public who saw the need to support the victims in the most affected areas in the Region, “We believe that as students, if we come together and connect to help people in distress, we will one day also be helped.”
He said the KNUST branch of the group was also mobilising resources and would soon make similar donations to the victims, and indicated that the UCC group decided to concentrate on the most hit areas because of their limited resources.
Mr Awine said a similar donation was done in the Builsa North District, and called on religious organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations and individuals to help the victims with the little they had.
Mr Robert Atanga, the immediate past Assemblymember of the Nyangolingo electoral area who received the items on behalf of the victims, said “We are so grateful that students on campus who rather need these items to enable them study, have decided to come to our aid.”
He said the floods killed about seven people at Sirigu, out of which three were from the Nyangolingo community, “A room collapsed on one, and two children drowned in the flood. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the public to support us.”
Mr Atanga said the land in the community was not fertile enough for farming, and so the people were into livestock rearing for survival, and lamented that the disaster killed almost all their animals.
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