- Aminu Ibrahim
CEO of Mara Consortium donates to Doodiyiri community as she celebrates son’s birthday
The Chief Executive Officer of Mara Consortium (Mara Foods, Mara Closets and Beautiful Smiles Project), Maria Johana Yuorpor has donated to Doodiyiri community in the Wa Municipality as she celebrates her nine-year-old son’s birthday.
The donation forms part of her undying desire of putting smiles on the faces of the vulnerable and rural folks in the society.
The items donated were basically closets of varied definitions, dresses, bags, footwear, among others.
Addressing a gathering of beneficiaries at the community on Thursday, December 30, 2021, the entrepreneur said the gesture was to mark her little boy’s birth anniversary, which coincidentally falls towards the end of the year, which she always does annually.
She said the last two years of celebrating the boy’s birthday saw donations to the St Joseph’s Orphanage home in Jirapa and the Children’s ward of the St Theresa’s Hospital in Nandom respectively, both in the Upper West Region.
According to the entrepreneur, she has over the years been donating assorted items as well as skills services to various classes of people in the society especially children, women and young girls throughout the year, all in her desire to give people a reason to smile.
The celebrant, even though in absentia at the donation, received goodwill messages and wishes from every Tom, Dick and Harry at the short ceremony.
Speaking also at the donation, Mr Yussif Moomin, a native of the beneficiary community who doubled as the Upper West Regional Free SHS Coordinator, urged the gathering of parents, guardians and opinion leaders to prioritize girl child education in the community.
He said girl children should not be relegated only to the kitchen and other gender-suggestive socially defined feminine roles at the expense of formal education.
Mr Moomin said it was through education that the young female entrepreneur [Maria] was able to do what she does, and thus urged the folks to offer their girl children an enabling environment to attain formal education.
He prayed for God’s favors and blessings on the son of the entrepreneur whose birth anniversary occasioned the donation.
The beneficiaries, both men and women, filled with joy and euphoria, thanked the entrepreneur very profusely for the kind gesture.
They said the donation was the first of its kind experienced in the community and that words were not enough to express the gratitude contained within their hearts.
They further prayed for the blessings and grace of God Almighty to shine upon the ‘birthday boy’ and the ‘lovely and kind-hearted mother’.
The donation also offered women of the community an opportunity to foster trade and skills empowerment relationship with the young enterprising entrepreneur.
The relationship in the coming days is expected to yield skills training avenues for the women and young girls in the community to earn them a decent source of livelihood.