A group of students undertaking their MSc in Development Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on Friday, known as the New Life Group, on the 13th November, 2020, handed over detergent making equipment to a group of vulnerable persons living with HIV in the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly, after training them in soap making and cassava processing. The materials included containers for packaging, labels for branding as well as raw materials for production. The project was carried out in collaboration with the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly
Present at the handing over ceremony were the Municipal Chief Executive of the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly, Hon Isaac Kwadjo Buabeng and the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mrs Ruth Woode. Hon. Buabeng expressed his gratitude to the Students for the initiative to bring development to his Municipality and encouraged the beneficiaries to take the business seriously so as to improve their livelihoods.
The students decided to undertake a project to economically empower vulnerable persons living with HIV within the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipality as part of their Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy Programme (SEaP). The SEaP programme was instituted by the KNUST in 2017 as part of the requirement towards the fulfilment of the Master Degree in Development Management.
The Group’s project is targeted at addressing the Sustainable Development Goal 1 and 3 which seeks to end poverty in all its forms and ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Business management training was also organised to equip the beneficiaries with entrepreneurial and business management skills to enable them run the business profitably. The leader of the group, Ms Linda Domapielle stated that the group chose to assist the vulnerable group to acquire skills and business training as well as set up the detergent making business to economically empower them for improved livelihood. The Group also included sensitization on HIV and HIV testing service to their project to help people know their HIV status as well as address the issue of stigmatization and discrimination against persons living with HIV. The group believes that knowing one’s status is the first step to fighting HIV and AIDS.
The leader of the beneficiaries, Mr. Charles Tetteh, expressed their gratitude to the Students and the Municipal Assembly for coming to their aid with this project. They were optimistic that this venture will go a long to improving their economic and health status. They assured the group that their efforts will not be in vain as they will work hard to ensure the business succeeds.