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General News of Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Source: Matilda N. A Offei-Akoto

Angel-zoe foundation donates to two correctional centers

The Founder of Angel-Zoe Foundation, Mrs. Abena Asomaning-Antwi, has made a donation of food and assorted drinks among other items to two (2) institutions in Accra; the James Camp Prison and Senior Correctional Center, formally known as the Borstal Home Institute for Juveniles.

Angel-Zoe, since its establishment in 2007, reaches out to a greater number of prison inmates to help with their rehabilitation and proper re-integration back into society after their discharge from prison. The foundation has been providing prison inmates with food, medicine, clothing, bed sheets, detergents, pesticides, training, job placement, tool kits, and preaching/fellowship among others.

During her interaction with the inmates on December 28 2018, the Founder of Angel-Zoe Foundation, Mrs. Asomaning-Antwi encouraged them to be thankful to the Almighty God for every situation, and to use the opportunity to develop themselves, improving society when discharged.

According to Mrs. Asomaning-Antwi, “There is nothing more fulfilling in life than causing someone to smile when they least expect it. It is important we give back to society to foster the change we all want.”

The Deputy Director of James Camp Prison, DDP Christopher Nyamedi said the institution serves as an industrial home for inmates so they integrate easily into society after their discharge. “Since its establishment in 1948, James Camp Prison has transformed a number of people through vocational skills training, counselling and mentorship.”

He further explained that the institution, which has a capacity of 400 inmates, admits inmates with minor cases from all over the major prisons across the country but have served at least 1/5th of their jail term.

The Officer in Charge of Chaplaincy and Welfare at the Senior Correctional Centre, DSP Lydia Odoi Yemoh, also explained that “the Senior Correctional Centre is a juvenile correction institute under the Ghana Prisons Service offering serves as a rehabilitation and re-integration center for people who are under 18 years old and have been convicted of criminal or civil offenses”.

She added that the greater number of inmates are victims of broken homes.
Heads of both institutions thanked Angel-Zoe Foundation for coming to their rescue, entreating others to follow suit. “Though we receive support from benevolent organizations, lack of funds, modern tools for technical training and infrastructure are some of our challenges in operation.”