The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) 2020, led by Chief Observer, Javier Nart , has donated the equipment and assets (laptops, office furniture and stationery ) that supported the EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) project in Ghana to Spread Out Initiative. The donation was made during an event organized in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the European Union (EU) and the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast in Accra.
The items were handed over to the Director of projects at Spread Out Initiative – Alihu Alhassan and the founder – Aminu Yussif Larry, at a short ceremony held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra on 6th of January 2021. The event was graced with the presence of the head of political section of the EU, Mr Smidt Van Gelder Pieter, the Project Manager of EU-EOM 2020- Mr Pedro Almeida and the representative of the IOM- Ms Maria luisa Troncoso.
The donated items included computers (13 HP450 i5 Laptops, 10 tablets and smart phones), printers ( 2 HP All in one, 2 potable printers ) furniture (Computer Desk Wooden Set, Office desk + side table, Swivel Chair Mesh Back, L-Shaped Desk) and some stationery including A4 Sheets, A3 Sheets, Markers, Pens, Pencils, Note Books, Files, Plastic Staplers, Paper Clips and other office equipment.
The EU in partnership with IOM selected 7 beneficiary organizations including spread Out Initiative based on their work in the interest of the public good in crucial areas including education, youth development, health and the preservation of cultural heritage. The organizations included the peace council, MIHOSO, Media Foundation, UW Academy, LGBT+ Right Ghana and Bethel Junior High School. All the equipment and assets that supported the EU Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) was distributed among these seven (7) local NGOs.
The founder of spread Out Initiative- Aminu Yussif Larry- pledged the full and effective use of the items to promote the activities of the NGO. “All equipment will be put to good use through our innovative activities such as the free computer literacy courses for children and youth in the community” he added. He also thanked the EU-EOM specifically Mr Pedro Almeida for his kind assistance and applauded the EU Delegation in Ghana for its continuous collaboration and support to local organizations.