MAREDES supports flood victims
THE Marshallan Relief and Development Services (MAREDES) of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall, has donated GHc15,000 worth of relief items to National Disaster and Management Organisation (NADMO) in support of the June 3, flood and fire victims in Accra.
The Director of Relief and Reconstruction at NADMO, Mr Gavivina Yao Tamakloe, who received the items, urged relevant stakeholders to take action and put measures in place to prevent a recurrence of the June 3, 2015 disaster.
That, he explained, required that the authorities stepped up their efforts in addressing the causes of floods and confronting the issues head-on.
According to him, some disasters such as that of the June 3, twin disaster that hit Accra, could have been avoided if the authorities had been bold in addressing causes.
Mr Tamakloe was speaking at a ceremony when the Marshallan Relief and Development Services (MAREDES), a non-governmental organisation of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall donated assorted items worth GHc15,000 to the National Disaster and Management Organisation (NADMO), for distribution to victims of the flood and fire disaster.
Items donated to the organisation included: bags of rice, gari, boxes of tin fish, soaps, gallons of cooking oil and used clothing.
Receiving the items, Mr Tamakloe commended MAREDES on behalf of the victims for its kind gesture and assured the organisation that the items would be distributed to the victims accordingly.
He further advised the public to desist from silting drains that were supposed to channel the rain water adding that chocked drains do not allow water to flow through them easily.
Mr Tamakloe said dumping of refuse into drains and buildings that were put up in watercourses contributed to flooding in the country.
Speaking at a short hand-over ceremony Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Accra the Board Chairman of MAREDES, Sir Knight Edward Aloysius Prah, said he believed the items would ameliorate the suffering of the victims.
He said the donation was in relation to the mission of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall to take Christ to the World through charitable services and the vision to help create a community for the poor, distressed and needy in the society.
He said the donation builds upon its previous efforts to reach out to the needy in different respects and have supported more than 5,000 girls in deprived areas in mathematics education through ECOBANK and supported victims of conflicts in the Northern Region.
Sir Kt Prah said the organisation had decided to prioritise health service delivery and sanitation for its engagement due to the spate of cholera in the country.