TGR Foundation pays tuition fees for defaulting Ho Technical University student
The Ghana Report Foundation has reached out to the 20-year-old student of the Ho Technical University who needed financial support to continue her education.
Following a publication by theghanareport.com highlighting Cynthia’s plight, management of the news portal and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) wing of the parent company has come to her rescue.
The Ghana Report Foundation presented a cheque of GHC1700 for her next academic year’s fees, saving Cynthia the financial stress.
Miss Doe lived with her parents and six siblings in Adaklu Kojobi, a small town close to Ho in the Volta Region.
Cynthia’s father, a 64-year-old farmer, is incapacitated after undergoing surgery two years ago.
Her mother’s sales from fried yam barely make up for her capital, so even though her fees had been paid for the 2020/2021 academic year, she needed to raise funds for the subsequent years.
Cynthia walked quite a distance every day from Adaklu Kojobi to lectures in Ho, sometimes on an empty stomach.
The intervention by The Ghana Report Foundation and other philanthropists have been timely.
“I am grateful, first to theghanareport.com for publishing my story and to the foundation for this gesture. I don’t know how we would have raised this money,” she said, beaming with smiles.
“I am the 5th born of seven children. I have three older sisters and a brother. My sisters dropped out of school in lower primary and were married off, but I want to, at least finish my tertiary education,” she added.
After theghanareport.com published Cynthia’s story on March 23, 2021, many readers expressed interest in helping to raise her school fees.
A politician who wants to remain anonymous gave Cynthia GHC1800.
“An administrative staff at my school called a certain politician on his phone, and the man(politician) sent me GHC1800 for the fees,” she told theghanareport.com.
“I knew God would send me a helper. I had a strong conviction that I will finish my three-year course. I didn’t know how but I believed I would,” she stressed.
Another benevolent reader of theghanareport.com based in the United States did not hesitate to support Cynthia’s ambition.
He sent her GHC1500 for upkeep and other school expenses.
His daughter, Dede, presented the money on his behalf.
“I am overwhelmed; I don’t know how to thank you enough. May God bless you and all your readers for their kind hearts,” Cynthia’s mother broke out in thanksgiving.
The latest gesture is one of numerous CSR projects undertaken by The Ghana Report Foundation.
Other support provided by The Ghana Report Foundation in the past
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Ghana Report Foundation was the first to provide the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) with tonnes of PPEs while extending the health & safety aid to other institutions under a GH₵ 200,000 social responsibility programme.
The gesture was extended to the Office of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, in the wake of the scourge.
Rashida Saani Nasamu, Chief Executive of Izar Group, publishers of theghanareport.com, has been at the forefront in helping the less privileged and providing mentorship for the youth.
About The Ghana Report Foundation
The Ghana Report Foundation was set up to help provide solutions to some of the problems highlighted by theghanareport.com.
In the few months since the news portal started serious operations, it has encountered people in society who need real help.
Some readers of our stories have come together to support such people in diverse ways.
One of the beneficiaries is Mavis Ayamdo, a past student of the St Joseph Seminary at Asante Mampong. She obtained 6As in the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and had no hope of going to school because her wages at a bakery could barely sustain her.
After her story was published by theghanareport.com, Mavis got support from our readers, She is now pursuing Communication Studies(Journalism) at the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
The Foundation has been set up to among other projects ensure that such persons do not have to rely on spontaneous benevolence from readers but to have sustainable funding for them.
“Beginning with our own resources, we wish to be able to expand in the future in order to provide support for needy persons and institutions beyond those featured in our reports”.