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A 16-year-old Ghanaian teenager, based in the United States, has donated 50 digital thermometers worth $2,500 to the Children’s Ward of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Master Joel Bervell, President of Hugs for Ghana, a non-profit organisation, is an 11th Grade student at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington State.
According to the student, he was inspired to support underprivileged children in schools and hospitals when he and his family visited Ghana.
Master Bervell said he saw the state of the hospital and needy school children, who could not afford to buy basic learning materials like books and pens.
He said he decided to form the organisation to raise funds among his colleagues in school where they were encouraged to donate money, as little as one dollar a day for one week, to help purchase the items for the hospital.
“Students were made to realise that there is a world in need beyond their view and also to know that it takes a little effort to eventually make a difference,” Master Bervell said.
“Hugs for Ghana” is a student-led organisation which is dedicated to helping needy children in hospitals, schools, orphanages and other child related services in Ghana.
Its mission is to show love, hope, confidence and warmth to the hearts and lives of children in the country.
Mr Bervell stated that, the organisation also raised funds through a cultural programme it held in the local community of Mukilteo where people came together to learn about Ghanaian culture.
He also provided information to the community about the needs of the less privileged children in the country.
He said some thermometers would also be given to other health institutions like La General Hospital in Accra and Eikwe Hospital in the Western Region.
Mrs Rebecca Lartey, Deputy Director of Nursing Services at the Ward, received the equipment on behalf of the Hospital and expressed gratitude to Mr Bervell for his initiative.
She called on other individuals and organisations to come to the aid of the Hospital.