A congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Accra, Ghana, presented donations to the Potter’s Village last Easter.
Some of these items included food, clothing, bedding, writing materials and more, according to Mormon Newsroom.
The Potter’s Village was created based on the realization that, for many children in Africa, the future is uncertain, and the reality of childhood is different and bleak because they are denied education, parental care, love and protection, according to the Potter’s Village website.
The organization is committed to helping women and children to reach their full potential and to have fulfillment in life, according to the Potter’s Village website.
Stake President Daniel Kabason thanked Dr. Mrs. Jane Irina Adu, founder of the Potter’s Village, for training the children to be good members of society, according to Mormon Newsroom.
Faustina Otto, the public affairs director of the Accra Ghana Adenta Stake, said the motivation for this project came as she pondered the atonement of Jesus Christ.
“I thought to myself, ‘The Lord died for me to give life eternal,” Otto said. “What can I also do to give a little temporal relief to someone? I discussed this idea with my team and the stake president. They supported the idea, and thus, we went ’round looking for a place that needed our help. That is when we found the Potter’s Village, which is in Adenta stake jurisdiction.”
“The donation is a demonstration of love, similar to the great love Christ has for us,” Kabason said, according to Mormon Newsroom.
Adu said the first donation the Potter’s Village received, 16 years ago, came from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to Mormon Newsroom.
“When I first visited, l wept,” Otto said. “The buildings were terrible, and there were too many people for the space they had. Most of them slept on the bare floor, including little children. The well they drank from was old and dirty.”
There was not enough food for everyone, Otto said.
“The people at Potter’s Village called it ‘Adom,’ which, interpreted from Twi (a local dialect), means grace,” Otto said.
Kabason said there are 2,899 congregations in the Adenta stake, most of whom donated to this cause.
“Many people don’t know that the Church does such charitable acts,” said Smith Mainoo, a native of Ghana and a freshman studying geology. “It makes me feel good that I belong to an organization that takes care of the poor and needy.”
Mainno said he loves the Church welfare program and what the members do to contribute to such organizations through paying their fast offerings.”
“The stake donates to charities in the area as often as they can,” Kabason said. “For example, so far, we have donated to Christian Faith Orphanage and Panteng Psychiatric Hospital, all of which are in the Adenta stake jurisdiction.”
Kabason said he felt at peace, especially seeing the joy on the faces of these innocent children.
“There is so much more to world than what we see ,” said Carlos Palomares, a sophmore studying economics. “This opens my eyes to what’s truly happening in the world. Rexburg and my circumstances are not the world.”
Palomares said he was grateful for the opportunities he has through The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be more christ-like.
“There is a world out there with people suffering and people in need, but there are still chances to serve, and through the different organizations the Church has, I can make a difference and contribute to the world,” Paloares said. “Even though I am a poor college student with zero assets, I can still make a difference and contribute to the world. I am grateful for the opportunity the church affords us to give of ourselves to be more Christ like.”
Kabason said the Adenta stake plans, in the next few days, to donate to the prisons or the hospital.