The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference is committed to eliminating the use of filthy kerosene (paraffin) lanterns for reading by school children in rural areas without connection to the National Grid (Electricity)! Caritas Ghana is championing this task with the supply of portable, durable and auto-charging solar lamps to replace the filthy kerosene lanterns in poor communities. Toxic fumes from kerosene lanterns are injurious to children’s health; especially their eyes and lungs! They are not also environmentally friendly in addition to their high potential to cause domestic fire outbreaks. The Episcopal Chairman of Caritas Ghana, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu, has formally launched the initiative on behalf of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference! Caritas Ghana is currently distributing over 17,000 pieces of solar lamps to some 54 earmarked villages across 18 Arch/Dioceses. Caritas Ghana’s Partner SUN24 of USA is supplying the lamps, based on a Memorandum of understanding signed in August, 2017. The initiative is part of Caritas Ghana’s Social Impact Investment programme on Electronic Waste Management! Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter – Laudato Si is our inspiration and driver!!
THE GOVERNMENT OF GHANA CAN LEND USEFUL SUPPORT TO THIS INITIATIVE BY GRANTING TAX EXEMPTION TO CARITAS GHANA FOR THESE LAMPS WHICH ARE RECEIVED PURELY FOR A SOCIAL AND CHARITABLE CAUSE! WE PRAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS LISTENING TO OUR PLEA WHICH WAS REPEATED AFTER THE PROJECT LAUNCH IN OCTOBER, 2017!! BY THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF CARITAS GHANA – MR. SAMUEL ZAN AKOLOGO. Caritas Ghana acknowledges the support of our local Partner – The MARSHALLAN RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (MAREDES) WHO HAS RESOLVED TO HELP PROMOTE AND EXPAND THIS NOBLE CAUSE FOR CHILDREN IN DEPRIVED COMMUNITIES.