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DO NOT LIVE FOR YOURSELF BY STACY AMEWOYI 

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DO NOT LIVE FOR YOURSELF BY STACY M. AMEWOYI

Stacy M. Amewoyi | Renowned Author / Writer

STACY AMEWOYI WRITES;

One day, I was driving from New Jersey to New York, my journey was one and half hour instead of forty-five minutes. Traffic caused ‘Go-Slow’ on the road, since I didn’t want to get sleepy, I started listening to music. I decided to listen to the late Lucky Dube song’s “Crazy World.” The part of the song that caused me so emotional was “I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take….” 

As a Philanthropist, seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes, I link the song to my story as a Philanthropist. Yes, we are living in a crazy world! Christmas is here, have you thought of the orphans, widows, and the needy? Our leaders are spending money on things that will win them political powers, neglecting the orphans. Who will buy them dresses, shoes, food, and basic things they need? How are they going to spend the Christmas?

God’s heart for the orphan is clearly displayed throughout the Good Book. God is the great protector and loving Father of all children living as orphans. In Psalm 68:5 says, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows, is God in his holy habitation.” Orphans future and destiny depends on whoever discover them or whoever taking care of them. You must love them same as you love your children. Live for them! They didn’t choose their situation; they wish they have their parents with them. Cast your mind back and look around you, ask yourself “so this how my children will go through…. if one day I’m not in this crazy world?” 

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Most orphans go through rape, abuse, neglection, and sad part is lack of education. Family members of these orphans are the main culprits who neglect these innocent children. These orphans are humans like you and I, if someone in your family is late, and he or she left behind children, don’t mistreat them. Mistreatment of an orphan makes them become aggressive and stubborn. Growing in a hustle life influence them to become arm robbers, prostitution, and even join a gang.

I encountered many orphans who are naturally academically good, but due to lack of support they ended up in a situation they don’t deserve. A friend of mine told me a story about his friend he went to the same High School with. He said, “my buddy was academically good…he was loved by all the teachers.” 

After WASSE, the friend had an aggregate 6 and he got admission to KNUST to study Medicine but due to lack of support he ended up being a High School graduate. His natural God gift talent has been killed, now he is a peasant farmer. I believe if his parents would have been alive, they would have done everything possible for their son to get into his medicine program. Orphans never ask God to give them situation like this….as you are mistreating orphans, remember there is a natural law called Karma. Note; when an orphan cry and mention his or her dead parents, remember that, it is a curse upon you and your children. And when they laugh and bless you for your kind heart towards them, remember it is a God’s Blessing to you. The government should give scholarships and free education to these orphans. 

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They need government support and protection. The individuals too have a responsibility towards these orphans. You don’t need to be rich to help orphans, the little you have is a Blessing to them.

All children living as orphans deserve justice. In Deuteronomy 10:18 says, “He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.” There are so many vocational schools the government can establish, or the already existence ones, they can assist the orphans to learn vocational jobs. This will create more jobs opportunity for them. Not everyone is good at academic, some are good at vocational skills. Hairdressing, carpentry, mechanics, etc. providing these trainings for them will even solve unemployment situation. Whenever I see someone or a family member hating orphans, I compare the person wickedness to ‘death’. God blessings are upon orphans, so why the hate? 

I have a neighbor in Accra, his sister died and left behind a beautiful daughter. The orphan girl never saw her mother since she was born, the mother died through birth. The uncle adopted the poor innocent as his daughter, at her early teen age, things became worse for this poor girl. The wife of the uncle hated her so much even till date, the hate is still there. The Blessing of God have opened a way for the orphan girl, she has become the family head. Thought of it, the uncle and his would have learned lesson from their mistreatment, yet they still hating the orphan girl, now a young woman. Remember, the more you hate orphans the more God’s Grace and Blessings are upon them.

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God cares about our attitudes toward and actions regarding orphans and widows. In Exodus 22:22 God says, “Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan.” The main difficulties orphans go through a lot in Ghana are; shelter, school fees and equipment, food, bedding, clothing, medical care and provision of care to younger siblings. These are the basic needs these orphans want, Ghana government should give them free education, and clothes. Across all the sixteen regions in Ghana, 45% of the households assisting orphans lacked money for schooling compared to 15% of those with no orphans to help. As a Philanthropist, I have visited most of the regions, and I can conclude that, school attendance was lower for orphans. Uncles, Aunts, Brothers, and Sisters has neglected their responsibilities and grandparents are rather found to provide much of the orphan care in Africa. 

Orphans girls are victims of rape and sexual harassment, the dramatic increase of AIDS is among these orphans. How can we prevent this? Orphanages and NGOs provide direct support for the basic needs and school fees for orphans. Such group one example is, Stacy Foundation.

Stacy Foundation main goal is to provide; vocational skills, clothes, shelter, and food to the orphans and widows. This year Christmas, the Foundation went to all the 16 regions, assisting widows, orphans, and the needy for vocational careers. One of my adventurous day, I decided to take trotro. While the drive and his mate was waiting for more passengers, I have witnessed a conversation between two strangers in the trotro, one lady was telling her friend that, for her she has struggled a lot achieving her aim. So, she is not going to help any of her family….“they should also struggle like how I did.” 

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I don’t think that mentality is fair, because you suffered, you want someone too to suffer or struggle like how you did. Have you ever thought of how God can make one person a Savior in the family or to the entire society? It takes one person to break the poverty lineage in the family, so your suffering or struggling is a testimony to the family. Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” The Apostle Paul is advising us, to have the same mindset as God when relating to others (the others can be anybody you encountered, especially widows and orphans), and he details just how humble God is. we should not let our actions be motivated by selfishness, pride, or one-upmanship.

Orphans always feel hopeless, lost, angry, hungry, cheated, and it seems like God has betrayed them on purpose. Why must even these happen to these orphans? Sometimes I want to even cry my heart out and punch a wall at the same time. The wickedness of some people towards orphans is uncalled for. In Genesis 12:2 says, “I will bless you so you will be a blessing.” This means, God blesses us so we can bless others. The salary you earn, the work you do, and the gifts you have been receiving (from friends, managers, co-workers) are not meant for our comfort and security, but instead use it to better serve those in need. 

I remembered I went to Penn Train Station in Newark, New Jersey and I met the homeless, I gave them food, snacks, and money. It was so emotional and at the same time I was happy when they were Blessing me. I felt blessed that morning. You don’t have to be rich to be a blessing to others. Being a teacher, doctor, lawyer, engineer, accountant, manager, etc. is not you’re only calling, those are not only the ways you serve your community but also the means God has given to provide his mercy and love to orphans and widows. Our time, money, and resources should not only spend our own pleasure and comfort but the orphans and widows also. Providing for the orphans, widows, homeless, and those in need is not about sympathy for their condition, it is also sharing the gifts we were given when God had mercy for our condition.

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The number of orphan children in Africa has increased, while the number of orphanages has not. You can be a volunteer of help, and I can also be a volunteer of help. If you cannot be a volunteer due to your work and busy schedules, just research and support organizations that work to keep widows and orphans together. Research and donate the little you have to Charity Foundations that support orphans and widows. God Bless you and your family, your work, and your finances for reading this article and the heart you have for orphans and widows. King David wrote that, he has never seen the righteous or any of his generation begging for food. I stand on this promise, Heavenly Father will Bless you like King David…. Amen!

 

Source: Stacy Amewoyi 

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Government spent GH¢40.4 billion on education between 2017 and 2020 – President Akufo-Addo

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“EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION INCREASED BY 95% IN MY TIME” – PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

President of Ghana. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

“So great has this government’s commitment to education been that public expenditure on education has almost doubled from twenty billion, seven hundred million cedis (GH¢20.7 billion) between 2013 and 2016, that is in the Mahama era, to forty billion, four hundred million cedis (GH¢40.4 billion) between 2017 and 2020, that is in the Akufo-Addo era, representing an increase of some ninety five percent (95%).”

These were the words of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 4th January 2022, when he delivered a speech at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi.

Addressing the gathering at the event, President Akufo-Addo noted that GNAT is what it is today because of the work of its past and current membership and leadership, and he assured that, under his administration, the work undertaken by the membership and leadership of the Association will not be in vain.

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The President, thus, used the opportunity to thank all teachers in the country for the work they did, and continue to do, in ensuring that the education of Ghanaian children, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has not been truncated.

“Continuous assessment, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have all been written by thousands and thousands of students, under your care and guidance, in conditions of safety and orderliness, and without incident. The nation is extremely appreciative of these acts of selflessness and patriotism,” he said

According to President Akufo-Addo, his vision of a modern, competitive, Ghanaian economy, spearheaded by indigenous entrepreneurs, with productive employment for the great majority of its citizens, requires skilled economic actors, and to get there, the nation needs an educated workforce.

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“Through the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, we are ensuring that value is being added to the intellect of every Ghanaian child. This is our surest way of succeeding in adding value to the Ghanaian economy, thereby helping to create acceptable, well-paying jobs for the young people of our country,” he said.

The President continued, “For us, in Ghana, also to make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a group of well trained and motivated teachers that can help deliver the educated and skilled workforce we require to transform our economy and nation”.

Outlining the many initiatives implemented by Government since 2017, he stated that his government has restored, since coming into office five years ago, and continues to pay, teacher trainee allowances, which were abolished by the previous administration.

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“In addition to the yearly average increase in salaries over the last five (5) years, my government is, for the first time in our nation’s history, paying a professional allowance to teachers. We have abolished the three (3) months’ pay policy for teachers, we have cleared the arrears, and promotions due teachers have also been effected,” he said.

He stressed that to prevent undue delays in promotion of qualified teachers, Government will, in 2022, improve on the conduct of the aptitude test instituted by the Ghana Education Service, leveraging on lessons learnt from the one conducted in 2021.

Affordable Housing for Teachers

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“Government is also committed to the development of affordable housing for teachers all across the nation. The current initiative will involve the provision of housing for both mortgage and rental. I am fully aware that one challenge facing teacher ownership of homes beyond finance is their inability to purchase homes where they intend to retire,” he said.

Through a subsidised loan programme, President Akufo-Addo indicated that teachers will be provided an opportunity to own houses in desired locations in various parts of the country, stating that the Ministry of Education is working with the National Service Scheme on this.

In addition, the Ministry of Works and Housing is in discussion with teacher unions to provide more housing opportunities for teachers.

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“Within the next two years, it is proposed that ten thousand (10,000) housing units on affordable terms will be developed for teachers across the country. This, as we all know, is the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good beginning,” he added.

Touching on the vexed issue of laptops for teachers, President Akufo-Addo was glad the supply of laptops was appreciated by teachers, and promised that the other related matters of concern will be addressed.

“Good relations between GNAT and my government are matters of importance to me, and I will do my best to promote such relations,” he added.

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Source: The Presidency

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