COVID-19: KSJI Supreme Board in USA Donates $5,000 to Ghana Catholic Bishops for Food, Relief Items
The Supreme Board of the Knights of St. John International (KSJI) headquartered in the United States of America has donated $5,000 to the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference to provide food and other relief items to fight COVID-19 in Ghana.
The donation was presented on behalf of the Supreme Board by the Supreme Subordinate Commandery and Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. John International in Ghana at a ceremony held on Friday, October 2, 2020, at the National Catholic Secretariat in Accra.
Ghana is one of the countries benefitting from the Supreme Board COVID-19 Relief Package for KSJI member countries across the world.
Presenting the cheque, Major General Peter C.N. Sangber-Dery, the Supreme Subordinate Commandery President of KSJI, Ghana, who led the delegation said the donation was from the Supreme Board of the Ancient and Noble Order in the USA, headed by its Supreme President, General Frank Waseleski.
“Our Board in the USA is supporting the Bishops’ Conference with this amount as a sign of its solidarity with the Church in Ghana and for it to further give assistance to the poor and needy who have been mostly affected by
the pandemic- COVID 19.” he noted.
According to Maj-Gen Sangber-Dery, apart from Ghana, the KSJI in the USA has given financial support to other countries around the world, particularly in areas where the organisation exists.
He explained that one of the objectives of the Ancient and Noble Order which was established in 1886, is that of rendering charity to humanity in every sector of our society.
This charitable COVID-19 gesture from KSJI Ghana brings the total amount donated by them to about one hundred thousand cedis comprising Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cash donation.
Receiving the Cheque on behalf of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Gabriel Edoe Kumordji, SVD, Bishop of the Keta-Akatsi Diocese and Chairman of the Finance and Investments Committee of GCBC expressed appreciation to KSJI, Ghana and USA for their generous and charitable intervention.
He assured the Supreme Board and Members of KSJI that the intention of the donors will be respected in the disbursement of the money especially the provision of food and other relief items.
Charity, the Bishop said is one of the Christian duties of supporting the poor and needy in society.
“COVID-19 has made it more compelling to assist the poor and needy. Caring for one another is part of the African spirit. Africans used not to have orphans and street children; unfortunately due to greed and selfishness we are losing our African values,” he added.
Accompanying Maj-Gen. Sangber-Dery to make the presentation were the Brigadier General Joe
Dawaare, Supreme Surbordinate Treasurer, the Supreme Subordinate President for the Ladies Auxiliary, Noble Sister Eugenia Enyimayew, Noble Sister Aisha Cecilia Armah, and other members of the Order.
Also present at the ceremony were the Rev. Fr. Lazarus Anondee, Secretary General of the National Catholic Secretariat and his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Charles Boampong Sarfo; Rev. Fr. Dieu-Donne Davor, Executive Secretary of the Department of Social Communications; Rev. Fr. Gabriel Liashiedzi, Executive Secretary of the Department of Pastoral Ministry and Evangelisation, Mr. George Adjei, Director of the National Catholic Health Directorate at the NCS and other staff members of the National Catholic Secretariat.