The Member of Parliament for Kwesimintsim, Dr. Prince H. Armah, has charged the first-ever governing board of the Dr. Prince H. Armah (DPHA) Foundation to double its efforts to improve the quality of life in the Kwesimintsim constituency.
The Foundation, he said, must become one of the preeminent charitable organizations in the Western Region and the country as a whole and fulfil its mission with dedication and hard.
He charged the members to will bring new ideas and new energy to provide direction and service to the project.
Dr Armah expressed hope under the new board, the DPHA Foundation will become a standard for achievement and delivery.
The MP made the call at the official launch of the Foundation, which he established some years ago to serve the constituency and the region as a whole.
Since its inception a few years ago, the DPHA Foundation has gone the extra mile to provide various services including health screening and vocational training for the people.
Addressing the launch on Wednesday April 21, 2021, which also coincided with the inauguration of the governing board, Dr. Prince Armah indicated that the Foundation will serve as one leg of the development tripod he dreams of while the other two will constitute the Office of the Member of Parliament and the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly.
“I hope that they will bring new ideas and new energy to provide direction and service to our efforts. Under this board, we must see the DPHA Foundation become a standard for achievement and delivery.”
“This Foundation must become one of the preeminent charitable organizations in the Western Region and indeed, in the country. This is our mission and I know with God on our side, with dedication and hard work, we will achieve it,” he stated.
According to Dr. Armah, no national government throughout history has been able to do it all without the contribution of the private sector.
He argued that some of the greatest expansions in health and education have been the result of private-sector efforts led by people who decided to plough back some of what they have been given to help others.
“Those benefits have not been felt only in the west. In Ghana and Africa, our efforts to eradicate disease and expand access to education, for example, have been boosted by some of the larger international non-governmental organizations,” he said.
Dr Armah disclosed that the DPHA Foundation has, among other things, donated mathematical sets, books as well as laptop computers to students at various levels of the educational ladder as part of its drive to serve the constituency in addition to providing ICT and vocational training.
“We have supported communities in Kwesimintsim during their annual festivals. We have helped equip the Kwesimintsim police to enable them to fight crime and protect the peace,” he added.
Dr Armah indicated that the roles of organisations such as the DPHA must serve as a challenge to benevolent organizations to bring a better life to more people than the government is able to within the context of its overstretched fiscal resources.
Government, he said, does not really have the capacity to solve all the problems, which means that more individuals must take up the challenge of helping build a better, greater country in which more and more people have the opportunity to pursue their dreams to become makers and to lift even more people up.