In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the Get Out Of Depression (GOOD) Foundation has spread warmth and joy at the Human Service Trust Orphanage in Cape Coast through a day’s activity.
With a dedicated commitment to supporting vulnerable individuals nationwide, the GOOD Foundation geared up for a heartwarming Christmas activity themed, ‘Hearts Ablaze: A day of hope and healing’ was held on Saturday, 23rd December 2023.
This initiative aims to bring joy, education, and a sense of community to over 100 beneficiaries of the facility, who include orphans, persons with mental health challenges, persons with disabilities, widows, teenage mothers, ex-convicts, elderly individuals, unemployed youth, and children rescued from child slavery, labour, and trafficking.
Specially and carefully selected activities for this event include games, art therapy, and educational sessions on mental health, personal development and menstrual hygiene.
These activities according to Madam Helena, Founder of GOOD Foundation were to teach teamwork, leadership, effective communication, resilience, and other vital life skills and help their cognitive, social, and personal development.
Helena Amoah (Nana Aba Appiatewaa) speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the event emphasised the significance of spending Christmas with loved ones, considering the programme beneficiaries as part of their extended family. “The organisation’s unique approach focused on educational games like the tallest tower, egg exercise, and cup pong, designed to teach teamwork, leadership, effective communication, resilience, and other vital life skills”, she highlighted.
Mental health screenings were also conducted, recognising the inseparable link between mental and physical well-being. To Mr Joss Acquah, Board Chairman of the Human Service Trust Ghana, GOOD Foundation’s programme is one of the best they have seen, bringing many interconnected activities that the participants love and encouraging them to do more.
The Board Chair emphasised “The program is one of the best so far within the year; oftentimes, people come, they donate and go, but this time, we had health screening, did some mental health talk, art therapy and the children were so happy about it” adding “and I think if it continues like that, the children will feel more excited”.
Further, he shared that “The elders who came around, and through that, some of them were saying their sugar level was high, while others were low and were advised to see a medical practitioner and I think if the exercise continues like that in years to come, many people will have an idea about health issues. So I think the programme today has been an excellent one”. Reverend Ato Hills, a Board Member at the orphanage, expressed gratitude to the foundation for their great work, activities, and donations.
Miss Daniella Annam, the president of GOOD on the hand, acknowledged the crucial support from partners like the University of Ghana Medical Students’ Association, Curious Minds Ghana, Edis Mart, Bibiniba Foundation, Flairup, and Smile Fun House.
Mr. Bernard Agbesi, The Vice President of the organisation, also mentioned that this is not the last thing the organisation is going to do; they are dedicated to promoting the good mental health of the people of Ghana in every category and that they call everyone to come to their aid to be able to achieve that.