The Muslim scholars of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) as part of celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr have marked the day by donating; food stuffs, toiletries and 10 bags of cement to the All-Nations Charity Home at Ayigya-Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. The Scholars as part of their visit, feasted with the children of the orphanage home.
Mr. Nurideen Abdul-Rahaman, the President of the Muslim scholars’ community in his remarks, mentioned that Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan; a thirty-day fasting period for all Muslims across the globe. “It is a day filled with joy and happiness for all Muslims as we celebrate with families and friends to express love towards one another,” he added.
Mr. Abdul-Rahaman, remarked that the Muslim scholars decided to celebrate this year’s Eid with the children of the orphanage home to express love and feast with them as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), had told them to do. According to the President, showing kindness to children is an act which is loved by Allah. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also said, “He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while his neighbour goes hungry,’’ he said.
Speaking on their reason for the donation, Mr. Abdul-Rahaman stated that, their gesture was to support the good work the managers of the charity home have been doing and to affirm their commitment to giving back to the community; a responsibility which is a core component of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. He added that, the donation would not solve all the challenges of the home, but he believed it would go a long way to support the efforts of the managers of the home in taking care of the children.
The Founder and Executive Director of All-Nations Charity Home, Reverend Philip Kwasi Nyamekye, receiving the items thanked the scholars for their kind gesture and said that the food stuffs received would go a long way to support the upkeep of the children. Rev. Nyamekye was very appreciative of their visit and revealed that, since the establishment of the home about 18 years ago, it was the first time a Muslim community or Muslim students have visited them.
According to Rev. Nyamekye, the home was set up based on his personal life experience. “I grew up without a father and my single mother could not finance my education, hence, when I was placed in a position where I could offer help to others, I decided to build this charity home to help others who may be in similar situation as mine when I was growing up as a child,” he said.
Present at the event were; Ms. Afia Ampomah Awuah, the Program Manager of MCFSP at KNUST, Reverend John Kofi Adu, Board Chairman of All-Nations Charity Home, Ms. Syvia Manu, Administrative Secretary of All-Nations Charity Home, Mr. William Diing Chol Diing, President of MCFSP at KNUST Scholars Community, Mr. Isaac Marfo, Mr. Daniel Quansah Bassaw, Mr. Oppong Kyekyeku Appiah Snr. and Mr. Patrick Opoku Onyinah, Program Officers of MCFSP at KNUST.