In the true spirit of Christmas, as it should be, the hardworking youthful team members of Love Foundation Club (LFC) as the Wise men did in the nativity story of our Lord Jesus Christ left their families and friends and travelled all the way from their various towns and cities across the country to embark on a love outreach program. The team of young people under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer of the organization, Marcus Anafu arrived at Denu in the Ketu South Municipal Assembly of the Volta Region on the festive afternoon of January 1, 2018.
The team on the second day of the New Year which was the Day 1 of their outreach program with the people of Akpatoeme went around the village from home to home sharing the glad tidings of the yuletide and the message of love of Christ. The team also used the opportunity to invite the people to the following day’s donation exercise.
At a durbar of people on the afternoon of the same day, the team was invited to make a speech as visiting friends. Mr. Edward Mifetu who spoke on behalf of the Founder and CEO and the whole club spoke to the people on the importance of kindness. He identified kindness to one another as a sure way of helping ourselves out of our poverty and our needs making a special reference to the Scripture text that says “there is blessing in giving than receiving”. In that spirit of joy brought to the people of Akpatoeme, the team joined the people and danced to the tunes of the traditional songs and dances performed by the people.
On January 3, which was the day of the donation exercise, the team with the help of some of her dedicated members who are good barbers barbered a large number of the people comprising both the young and old.
The CEO, Mr. Marcus Love Anafu while giving a speech promised the people of a comeback visit which will involve a medical outreach and additional donation of items. Food items and drinks were served and there was a blissful chair dancing competition heralded by the LFC team which got all the people present smiling. Some items which were donated are clothes for both the young and old, mosquito nets and mats (for the aged).
There was a great atmosphere of happiness as the children received the clothes. An observation made was that, most of the kids have only what they were wearing on them as at the time of the donation. Some were also seen almost naked or covered with torn dresses and this got some members of the club to go into their own bags to give out their dresses in addition to the ones shared.
An elder of the town, Mr. Christian Ahiabli following the promise of the CEO of the club pleaded the group to remember their promise of coming back. He also thanked the group for the kind gesture of charity shown to the community, stating that it was the first of its kind in the village.
Akpatoeme is a community of about four villages located near Dzodze-Penyi in the Ketu North District Assembly. The community of these four villages are mainly farmers who survive on cassava and maize cropping. Akpatoeme can only boast of electricity and a school which serves all the neighbouring villages. The community needs good drinking water, a clinic, toilets and other social amenities that will make life easier for them. A call was made to the government and other NGOs and the general public to come to their aid through Love Foundation Club.
By Akakpo Elikem Kwabla, Public Relations Officer, LFC