Myhelp-Yourhelp foundation, a non-governmental organisation has supported the Osamkrom camp prison with assorted items worth GHS30,000 as part of giving back to society during the Easter festivities.
The gesture, the group believes, is meant to complement government’s efforts.
Founder and President of the foundation, Mr. Nicholas Cofie, indicated that they were touched by the plight of the prison when their challenges were exposed to the foundation by a friend and member of the organisation, Mr. Ray Yorke Dadzie.
“When we were first introduced to the camp we had interactions with authorities here and got to know their demands and sorted it out accordingly,” Mr. Nicholas Cofie told Citi News.
Items donated by the foundation included a corn milling machine worth over GHS6,000, medical supplies worth over GHS8,000 bags of gari, bags of beans, bags of Royal Aroma Rice, 400 pieces of branded face masks, two Veronica buckets, a bag of sugar (50 KG), cartons of milk, boxes of Indomie, 25 litres of oil, 60 cartons of water, soft drinks for everyone, 300 pieces of packed food for the inmates, packs of toilet-rolls and two big sacks of detergents.
The rest were 200 pieces of toothbrush, boxes of toothpaste, cartons of Dettol, boxes of Savon medical soap, and beverages.
The foundation promised to support the camp with more donations to complement government’s effort.
Dr. Hilla Limann Foundation together with Rockzwaakye supported the gesture of Myhelp-Yourhelp foundation by feeding the inmates with waakye as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Founder of Rockzwaakye who is also a hip life legend, Mr. Reginald Yaw Asante Osei popular known as Reggie Rockstone together with his wife; Dr. Zilla Limann in an interview, promised to do more when the opportunity arrives.
About Osamkrom camp prison
The Osamkrom camp prison is an all-male prison with an inmate population of about 200.
It is located on the Agona Swedru stretch in the Central Region. The facility has infrastructure deficit making it difficult for inmates to cope.
Although the facility is doing its best in terms of farming, there is difficulty in acquiring farming tools like modern tractor for use by the camp.
Despite the little resources available to them, the facility has been able to harvest maize to support the Ankaful Maximum-Security Prison and the Winneba Prison. The facility hopes that with the state-of-the-art modern machines for farming at their disposal, they can do more with food supplies to other prisons.
In-charge of the Osamkrom camp prison, Assistant Director of Prison, Justice Essumang believes logistical challenges is what is hindering them as a camp to do more in the area of agriculture.
He noted that although government is doing its best to support the facility, much more needs to be done to raise their standard of living.
“We need a lot of support as a facility to augment government’s effort. Things like a modern infirmary and a water pumping machine,” ADP Justice Essumang said.
He was grateful for the gesture by the NGO and called for more support.
The event was supported by the Cocoa Clinic, Jodi Construction, Rockzwaakye, Richman Identity, Asante Farms, Delma Foods, D&D Catering, Cake Haven Gh, Randa Cakes and More, Mr Opare of Labianca, and Bishop Dag Heward Mills.