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Diasporian News of Saturday, 12 September 2009

Source: From: Kwaku Boatin, Paris

Kwahuman Association in France holds meeting

in Cergy-Paris

Paris-France--Members of French chapter of Kwahuman Europe organization, last night met in Cergy-Paris to discuss their contribution towards Kwahuman Europe, umbrella set-up for regional Kwahu organizations in Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, UK, France, Germany and Italy.

Other discussions also centered on the Union's forth-coming inauguration in Amsterdam-Holland, on 3rd April, 2010: The French section is exploring means to encourage all its members to attend the inaugural ceremony. Its members have decided to adorn their own chosen colors to the ceremony, presumably to distinguish them from other regions.

The meeting, chaired by its French chapter President, Mr. Kwaku Adjei, was well attended and discussed varieties of issues ranging from the participation of Kwahuman France in the events organized by Kwahuman Europe and the French section's membership-drive plans.

France chapter is hosting the association’s pre-inaugural conference in Paris, on Saturday 28th November 2009: the formal inauguration of the association, will be held on 3rd April, 2010 in Amsterdam, Holland. The General Secretary of Kwahuman Europe, Mr. David Forson, alias aka Kwabena Asante who traveled all the way from Italy to participate in the meeting urged the members to take their participation in the organization more seriously and also attend meetings on time.

Explaining the importance of community service, he explained that such voluntary service would undoubtedly help raise the living standard of the people not only in the Kwahu traditional area, but Ghana as a whole. "We as devoted citizens must not be narrow minded to look strictly to the development of our vicinity, but must expand our horizon to assist others".

He commended the Swiss Kwahuman section of the organization for shipping well equipped ambulance to augment the fleet of the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital in Asante-Akim area, and said their shinning example is worthy of emulation, adding "traditional boundaries should not be an obstacle to assist the needy in other regions".

"The ambulance will help save lives of all those plying the Accra-Kumasi road, while serving the surrounding towns and villages", he added. He repeated calls to donors, donor countries and philanthropists to assist the Presbyterian University at Abetifi-Kwahu, to advance and enhance its programs, with acquisition of need school materials like computers, projectors and videos Other items include:

(1) Scholarship programs to help cater, for needy students,

(2) supporting obtaining internet facilities,

(3) Acquisition of water tankers to help alleviate water problems,

(4) Provision school vehicles,

(5) Construction of student hostels

Meanwhile, in Bern-Switzerland, Mr. Frank Opoku of Swiss Asanteman Union has been elected as the Moderator of the forth-coming town hall meeting, on Saturday, 19th September, 2009.

Mr. Opoku was elected by a joint meeting at the Swiss Ghana Embassy offices here by five Swiss Ghana cultural Associations, including Swiss-Kwahuman: The Town Hall meeting is jointly being organized by the associations and the Ghana Embassy.

The other associations are the Lausanne Ghana Youth Organization, Zurich Ghana Asanteman Union, Ghana BESONEF, and Ga-Adangbe Union. Nene Okletey of the ga-Adangbe Union has been the chairman of a special planning committee, charged with organizing the town hall meeting.

Mrs. Ellen Serwaa Nee-Whang, Ghana's Ambassador to Switzerland and also Ghana's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva will speak at the town hall meeting and answer questions on Ghana's development efforts. END From: Kwaku Boatin, Paris