SOURCE: REGINALD ADDY
As part of the Anglican Diocese of Accra’s 5 pillars of existence and operations is the aim of ensuring Financial Sustainability and social impact.
To achieve this aim, the Anglican Diocese of Accra has developed a rubber plantation project which seeks to ensure financial sustainability of the church and serve as an avenue of growth for its congregants and the nation at large as a form of support for Government’s one district one factory initiative.
Rubber was introduced in Ghana in 1898 as an ornamental tree in Aburi garden. In 1930, some trial plantations were introduced in the Western Region and in the 1950’s the first industrial plantation was set up through a joint venture.
“We realise, looking at the affairs of this country that, the church relies solely on members of the church in the management of its financial resources, a concern that if not addressed will cause the church to fold up completely” the Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Sylvanus Mensah- Torto, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Accra at a meeting with some top managers of the Agricultural Development Bank.Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Sylvanus Mensah
The meeting which was between the Lord Bishop, some officials of the Anglican Diocesan Secretariat, and the Managing director for ADB, Dr. John Kofi Mensah together with some top officials of the bank was to discuss ways by which the bank could provide funding to support the project.
The Managing director of the bank Dr. Mensah was elated about the venture and the call by the Accra Anglican Diocese. Pledging his support, the MD said the bank and its management are going to “seriously collaborate with the Anglican Church on such projects and for other churches to emulate and learn from what the Anglican Church is doing”.
He added that Agriculture has now moved from farming to other areas of value addition, ranging from processing, transportation… which has now made Agriculture become a big thing in Ghana.
The Managing Director who was flanked by his team of managers also hinted that the “due to long lasting relationships with orthodox churches such as the Anglican Church; we are comfortable to support the church”.
Dr. Mensah summed that, “this (rubber plantation) is something that we have echoed everywhere, we are praying that God will add his blessing to the project for the joint efforts by ADB and Anglican Church for the whole world to see”.
After a successful meeting, the Lord Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of Accra, Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Sylvanus Mensah Torto expressed his gratitude to the Agricultural Development Bank and its management for the support, adding that this was such new year gift given to the church by the bank.