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East Gonja: US based Ghanaians donate 60 life jackets to canoe operators in two communities

A group of Gonja men and women who are all born and raised in the East Gonja Municipal of the Savannah Region, but now reside in the United States

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A group of Gonja men and women who are all born and raised in the East Gonja Municipal of the Savannah Region, but now reside in the United States of America (USA), have donated 60 pieces of life-saving vests also known as life jackets to two communities namely Kafaba and Kalampor in the East Gonja Municipality.

The donation was done on behalf of the Association (East Savannah Development Association) by Alhaji Harruna Rafik, a Principal Administrative Assistant at the University of Ghana School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

He revealed that the procurement of the life jackets was done by the East Savannah Development Association, USA under the auspices of Mr. Adam Enimu Abudu Solo, the president of the Association.

According to him, the Association is determined to ensure that the deaths recorded on the rivers and lakes during canoe transportation is prevented.

He added that this can only be achieved through the provision of life-saving materials to help reduce the fatality rate among residents within the area.

The Association noted that it appreciates the dangers of travelling on water bodies and as such, it is essential to support with life-saving devices.

“We know very well that your lives, activities, and livelihoods depend greatly on the river and lake. Considering the possibility of any kind of accident, whether fatal or not, East Savannah Development Association has deemed it reasonable to provide you with these life-saving vests in various sizes”, part of the speech read on behalf of the Association said.

It continued, “these vests will act as floatation devices which should be worn by passengers on any of the canoes. These will keep them afloat in times of unfortunate circumstances”.

The beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the donors for extending a helping hand towards their source of livelihood adding that God would replenish their stock.

In recent times, there have been reports of people drowning when the canoes capsize due to the unavailability of life jackets.

Brief background

The East Savannah Development Association comprises East Gonja men and women living in the United States of America. The aim of the organization is to explore avenues to give back to the communities they lived in before going overseas.

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