An unspecified number of less privileged people in the Africa Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church in Kumasi have benefited from the benevolence of a leading member of the church, Mr. Ricky Boachie Yiadom, and his family.
These include scholarship package for needy but brilliant students in the church through a foundation which the family has established, known as Riboadom Foundation, and has been paying not less than GHc500,000 into it annually for the past four years.
The scholarship package covers students from basic to the tertiary levels.
Some other areas where the Riboadom Foundation is transforming lives include capital to support small scale businesses, support for the aged in diverse ways, disaster relieve fund for victims, as well as start-up tools for artisans among others.
Speaking to this paper in an interview in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, yesterday the Board Chairman of the Riboadom Foundation and lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Emmanuel Adinyira, stated that the foundation is making tremendous changes in the life of members of the church and thereby attracting and winning more souls for Christ.
He said the foundation has taken these supportive measures in order to create a sense of care, and for the people to feel part of the church family.
Dr. Adinyira also elaborated on a periodic health screening exercise which the foundation undertakes, as well as workshops for artisans and other professional bodies within the church after which they are assisted in various ways.
According to him, once applicants are thoroughly scrutinized and background checks are conducted with due diligence and they realize that one has qualified for support, they do so without delay since the foundation has no room for cronyism and favoritism.
He therefore called on members who are capable to also contribute to the foundation in order to reach out to non-members of the church.
Meanwhile, Mr. Boachie Yiadom and his family will continue to support the foundation financially for the next 40 years.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Lawrence Kumah, Kumasi