Disrict 18/ZONTA CLUB OF ACCRA II
Formation of Club
The Zonta Club of Accra II was formed on 2nd September, 1996. This was after a series of sensitization and awareness creation sessions on ZONTA International had been organized by members of the Sponsoring, Organization and Monitoring Committee (SOM) of ZONTA Club of Accra for several Executives and Professionals.
In the presence of Joana Laryea the SOM Committee Chairman, presiding and the District 18 Governor, Professor Miranda Greenstreet, President of Zonta club of Accra club, Elizabeth Apaloo, 2nd Vice President Accra club, Ashia Bekoe, Chairman of Organization and Extension Committee of Accra club, Felicia Gbesemete, the 1st Representative of Zonta International in Ghana, Barbara Baeta and the Vice President of Zonta club of Tema, Zubaida Haruna and the Chairman of Organization and Extension Committee of club of Tema, Annie Chinebuah all in attendance, ZONTA Club of Accra II was chartered.
In accordance with the Constitution and By-laws of Zonta International, 31 members were duly elected Charter members of ZONTA Club of Accra II on 23rd December 1996.
The official Charter presentation took place during the 13th District 18 Conference in Accra on 9th of April, 1997. In attendance were then ZONTA International President Elect, Val Sarah, the District Governor, the District Board, ZONTIANS from ZONTA Clubs of Lagos, Ibadan, Lome, Freetown, Abidjan, Dakar, Yaounde, Ouagadougou, Accra and Tema.
a. Ussher Clinic Nutrition Centre Rehabilitation. Nutritious food was provided for malnourished children. The nursery was refurbished, the leaking roof was replaced, the cots were repaired and re-sprayed and the interior and exterior walls were painted.
b. Girls in Science in project – over the years, the Club has sponsored and continues to sponsor brilliant science students at the secondary school.
c. In 2009, the Club entered into a 10 year Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Social Welfare in respect of the Junior Girls Correctional Centre to support the training and rehabilitation of teenage girls who have fallen foul of the law. The aim is to equip girls at the Centre with vocational skills and support their re-integration into society once they leave the correctional home.
d. Two years ago the Club added Assistance to Mothers of Children With Cancer to its projects - where funds are sourced to support such mothers who do not have the resources to bring in their children diagnosed with cancer for treatment. The Club is motivated by the fact that, Cancer in children is very often treatable if identified early.
e. The most recent project has been dubbed “Project 2021”. The club has given scholarships to 15 needy but brilliant girls from four selected schools in the Greater Accra Region. These scholarships will be for a six year period and the continuation of the scholarship depends on academic excellence and good behaviour.
f. Young Women in Public Affairs Award – the Club has presented consistent winners for this award, either at the Club, District or International levels.
g. The Club is working on setting up Z Clubs for girls in second cycle schools to create awareness about ZONTA and its activities locally as well as globally.
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