On the occasion marking this year’s “Ecobank Day,” employees and management of Ecobank-Liberia on Saturday, November 24, put smiles on the faces of children at Love A Child Orphanage, located in Rehab, Paynesville, outside Monrovia, when they donated 15 new bunk beds and 50 mattresses to the Orphanage administration.
“Ecobank Day” is a day set aside every year across all 33 locations of the bank in Africa to “give back to society.”
Employees of the bank volunteered their time to work with locals and support the financial contribution the bank made to improve the lives of “vulnerable members” of communities in which they operate.
Activities of this year’s “EcoBank Day” was under the theme, “Supporting Young Lives.”
George Mensah-Asante, Ecobank-Liberia Managing Director, who led a team of dedicated employees, donated the items to Love A Child Orphanage administration.
Asante said besides the mattresses and bunk beds, Ecobank-Liberia also constructed for the orphans a fully electrified dining hall with chairs and tables.
He added, “We chose this project to buttress the effort made by Mother Rebecca B. Wreh, who had the vision many years ago to cater to less fortunate and homeless children in society.”
Following an assessment visit of the Home by members of Ecobank Day Committee, Asante said the management selected to demolish the make-shift structure dining hall that was previously being used by the orphans, and then construct a new concrete structure.
Mr. Asante commended Mother Wreh and her entire team for the initiative to cater to the orphans and also for the tireless effort to ensure that the needs of the children are met.
“We the Ecobankers believe that one must not cater to their needs alone, and it was for this reason that we choose to mark our sixth Ecobank Day today,” Mr. Asante said.
He said that many Ecobankers have given up their time to be at the Love A Child Orphanage to support the activities.
“While our strategic focus is very much positively reshaping the African banking landscape, and servicing our customers with cost effective and convenient financial products, we also deeply care about people in our local communities,” Asante said.
He continued, “I am sure you will agree with me that this shows how strongly we all feel about giving back to our local communities. It makes me very proud of both Banks I represent, and the lifeblood — our staff.”
According to Asante, lots of children rights and well-being are jeopardized and many developed negative survival strategic such as stealing, fighting and engaging in unsavory activities that no child should be exposed to because of their young age, many orphans are unable to find steady income.
The bank, he said, saw the intervention as important, because Africa had over a third of the world’s orphans, a phenomenon that rendered them vulnerable.
With tears steaming down her cheeks, Mother Rebecca B. Wreh, thanked Ecobank for the support, saying the donation will go a long way to meet the needs of the children in such a difficult time.