Little Angel’s Trust has built a new recreational area for patient at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital as part of their mandate as an organization.
Everyday, countless children go through hospital doors suffering from complex diseases and illnesses. Some may be terminal and each day is a bonus. Countless others go through severe stress and trauma that ends them in the Psychiatric ward.
For these children, often from families that can hardly afford their medical care, life is bleek and it seems like the end of the road for them, being held in such institutions where they cannot have the love and affection children need.
It is to help such children that many charities exist including the Little Angel’s Trust (LAT), a charity, registered in both the UK and Ghana, which has built a recreational area at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, which, over the past year, has become an outdoor space for the specially challenge children to hang out.
Known as the LAT Respite Centre, it is a fenced in area spread with green artificial carpet and swings and benches, and on the occasions of its first anniversary, a patron of the Little Angel’s Trust, Tourism Ambassador, PaJohn Bentsifi Dadson, in fulfillment of a commitment made to himself, used the occasion which coincides his own birthday, to fete those currently in the children’s ward of the hospital on Friday, a gesture he encourages more people to do, as their own “offering” on their big day.
More than anything else, my wish is that more of us privileged ones would spare a bit of ourselves and spend a little time with these less privileged children. You will feel fulfilled, like I do now, and the children will receive some love, which is all they need.
While many celebrities tend to fete the less privileged on such special occasions, PaJohn believes that this kind of gesture must not just be the preserve of famous people.
Everybody can do a little to bring a smile to the face of these specially challenged people, and in the process take some of the burden of their care off the hospital administration who have budgetary constraints.