Mr. Edson da Graça, Ambassador for SOS Children's Villages in the Netherlands, has pledged his support to raise funds for SOS projects in Ghana.
The well-known stand-up comedian, presenter, and actor expressed his commitment to mobilizing his followers and fans to contribute to the initiatives of SOS Villages in Ghana.
During a news briefing following his working visit to the SOS Children's Villages in Ghana, Mr. Graça highlighted his intention to make a tangible impact by encouraging support beyond financial contributions.
He visited two key youth employment projects, ‘Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities' (GrEEn), and ‘No Business as Usual' (NBU/YEC), which focus on creating opportunities for young people and promoting socio-economic growth in Kumasi.
“It is my aim to make a difference by helping the SOS Children's Villages make a real change in the lives of their beneficiaries,” said Mr. Graça, emphasizing the need to raise more funds to extend the impact to additional communities and empower more families.
SOS Children's Villages in the Netherlands expressed their satisfaction with having Mr. Graça as their ambassador, recognizing the importance of inspiring increased funds for the project, especially in the face of prevailing hardships.
Mr. Alexander Mar Kekula, the National Director of SOS Children's Villages in Ghana, provided insights into the organization's efforts in the country.
To empower vulnerable parents and prevent child abandonment, Mr. Kekula highlighted SOS's family strengthening programs.
These programs offer income-generating training and setups for parents in communities to earn a living.
The visiting team from the Netherlands included Ms. Arian Buurman, Managing Director; Marjon Durang, Portfolio Coordinator for Ghana and Guinea-Bissau; Janet Tuinstra, Head of Communications and Fundraising; and Nadja van Winden, Communications Coordinator.
SOS Children's Villages operate globally, reaching 2.5 million children and families across 138 countries and territories, with a mission to provide stable and supportive environments for vulnerable children.