Ghana’s leading striker Asamoah Gyan has followed in the footsteps of other players with the launch of his foundation to alleviate the plight of the deprived.
The Asamoah Gyan Foundation is to help especially those in the rural areas have access to potable water, improved health facilities and to educate young women. The long term objective of the organisation is to establish a football academy to honour his mother.
“One could see especially in our villages a 10-year-old girl walking about two miles to fetch water and walk all the way back home and I think this is not proper,” the Sunderland marksman said at the press launch.
“When I was a kid any time the news was shown I just sit in front of the television and I could see people in these deprived communities and this made me sad.”
The 25-year-old said he has been through a great deal of hardship before attaining stardom and setting up a foundation to offset some of the problems of the underprivileged is how he wants to use his fame and fortune.
“I have been through a lot of challenges and thankfully now God has blessed me and therefore I think it’s about time to give back to my community,” the Baby Jet added.
The former Stade Rennais player has joined the ranks of Chelsea ace Michael Essien, former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah, Olympique Lyonnais' John Mensah and John Paintsil of Leicester City in bringing smiles to the poor. He is expected to do the grand launch next January.