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Rev. Alex Bobby Benson Wins MTN Heroes Of Change Season lll

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Reverend Monsignor Alex Bobby Benson is a Priest of the Koforidua Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. He won the award for the health category of MTN Heroes of Change Season III. He educates, provides care, supportpeople living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) as well as Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) in a house christened Matthew 25 in Ghana.

    • He reckoned with the stigma which faces marginalized in the country, and being filled with empathy, he embarked on the lone journey of seeing to the needs of PLHIV, Orphans and Vulnerable Children.Monsignor Benson started the Matthew 25 Center to fulfill the words in Matthew 25:35-40 of the New testament… “For I was hungry you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, in prison, you visited me, what you do to the least ones you did it for me.”.

“Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters you do unto me – Matthew 25 : 40”

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“One of the saddest things that can befall any human being is to be neglected and ostracized by either family members or society or both as a result of sickness or mishap.”Rev. Benson noted.Since the centre’s inception 18 years ago in Akwatia in the Eastern Region, its occupancy has grown from only nine PLHIV to over 70 andit is still increasing. The centre caters for residents by offering regular medical screenings, psychosocial counseling, care, food, and supplements. HIV/AIDS victims are encouraged to live their full lives, despite some discrimination from certain quarters of the public.

The centrehouses a total of 90 adults with 64 on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and 95 are Orphans and Vulnerable Children. The children’s educational needs are catered for. Their fees, stationery, transportation and clothings are provided by Matthew 25.

Matthew 25, also empowers residents to be economically independent. Residents aretaken through traininginincome-generating ventures such as batik, tie & dye, gari processing, funeral undertaking, farming, charcoal and palm oil production. On completion of the training, interest-free loans are offered to patients who show interest in commencing a business in the field they are passionate about.

Monsignor Benson does not only care for residents in Matthew 25; he has instituted a meal programme which serves almost 1,000 people monthlydepending on the availability of funds.

Recalling his win, Rev. Benson said, “It’s wonderful to know that there are people and institutions in Ghana who are committed to touching lives. I am thankful to God for the opportunity to be used as a vessel; I am also grateful to those who nominated me to be part of the MTN Heroes of Change because now, PLHIV know they are not alone in their struggle; and to MTN, you have embarked on a worthy cause, and it would be great to continue in it.”

He said theGH₵30,000 award receivedis being used to improve the quality of care that residents enjoy at the centre and also address the needs of the children.

The winners of MTN Heroes of Change are making tremendous impact in their communities. Dr. Abrokwa-Yenkyera, and Madam Paulina Opei, who were winners of Season I and II respectively continue to enrich the lives of people in their communities. Genevieve Basigha winner of Season III also promises to further impact her society with the awareness and prize received.

Nominations for MTN Heroes of Change IV were opened from 20th September and will close on 17th November 2017.The Foundation is inviting members of the general public to identify individuals in their communities who have done exceptionally well for others and nominate them to be honored as a Hero of Change. Nomination forms are available online or from any MTN Service Centre nationwide.

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  • Seshie Vincentia

    Thank you Rev Monsignor Benson for your good work. May God bless and continue to strengthen you

  • Michael Marchionte

    Merry Christmas

    Michael marchionte

    • Michael Marchionte

      Hello Bobby,
      I understand you are doing well. Your devotion to doing good for your people is so recognize.
      I knew from our days at Providence College you were devoted to the Lord.

      Truly yours,

      Michael Marchionte

  • Michael Marchionte

    Bobby, I always knew you were a man of God. You have proven to the world your devotion to our Lord by your good works. You remind me of Saint Don Bosco.
    I will never forget our friendship as we attended Providence College together. I still remain in the house you blessed for Lynne and I.

    Rejoicing in Christ,

    Michael Marchionte

    • matthew25house

      Hi Mike,
      Thank you very much for your comment which I just read this afternoon. I have good memories of our encounter in Providence, both in the College and St Sabastian Parish. You are a good man and I’m happy I met you. I’m doing very well in Ghana and I must say my experience in Providence has propel me to higher height. My health has not been the best but I’m managing very well. All I need from you is prayers.

      It may interest you to read the link below and see another interesting thing about me.

      Let me know if you got it.

      My greetings to your family.

      Love and peace.
      Bobby Benson.