On the 13th of September 2017, Food for People (FFP) Ghana, situated in the village of Otinibi, received an unannounced visit from local dignitaries. The group was led by the Honorable Abubakar Saddique Boniface, Minister for lnner City Development and Member of Parliament for La-Nkwatanang-Madina in the Greater Accra Region, who was eager to see the activities of the facility firsthand after hearing glowing reports about it.
It was the first day of the new school year, and the Canteen, as it is known locally, quickly filled up with eager students. The Honorable Boniface said afterwards, “I think this is one of the best facilities I’ve seen so far. It’s well organized, the children are well disciplined, and the way they come in for their food is so impressive. And I can see that the kids are well satisfied. I believe this is something future schools should emulate.”
FFP is well-known locally for having been the catalyst for doubling enrollment at the Otinibi Basic School and the nearby Aisha Bintu Khalifa Basic school. Performance has also been on the rise, with students receiving higher scores than ever before on the national Basic Education Certificate Examination, which they must pass in order to go on to senior high school.
With the help of one nutritious meal a day and hygiene education, students have been able to concentrate in school and learn to their highest ability. Parents are happy that their children’s health and performance have both improved, and the community is proud that students have begun to excel in the municipal sports competitions and other extracurricular activities of the Municipal Education Service.
Other prominent officials in the Member of Parliament’s group were Miss Jennifer Dede Afagbedzi, Municipal Chief Executive; Mrs. Margaret Nsia Asamoah, Municipal Director of Education; and Mr. Dramani Saaka, Municipal Coordinating Officer. All expressed appreciation to The Prem Rawat Foundation for making this facility possible.