The Knights and Ladies of Marshall is a Catholic Friendly Society with the Supreme /Grand headquarters in Sekondi / Kumasi, Ghana respectively. The Marshallan Relief and Development Services (MAREDES) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and the development wing of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall committed to the needs of society. MAREDES provides relief and development services in line with the fundamental principles and tenets underpinning the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall. The idea behind MAREDES is to provide a framework to harness the legal, organizational and technical competencies of the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall spanning over 85 years to undertake and render services more effectively and efficiently to society.
The Noble Order of Knights and Ladies of Marshall was started by some 13 lay men in Sekondi, Ghana in 1926 and in 1965 brought the women on board as a national Society of Catholic men and women. It has over the years established branches in Togo, Benin, Liberia and the United Kingdom.
The governing body of the Noble Order is “The Supreme Council” with its headquarters in Sekondi, Ghana, West Africa. The Ladies of Marshall, the ladies wing has also grown rapidly over the years and has its own governing body called “The Grand Court” with its headquarters in Kumasi, Ghana,
West Africa. The Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall has over 6,000 members in units referred to as Councils (Men) and Courts (Women) spread throughout Ghana, Liberia, Togo, Benin and the United Kingdom.
The Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall has endeavored to pursue its twin-mandate of “bringing together Catholic lay persons for effective lay apostolate” and to provide a “friendly social forum” for its members. The Noble Order engages in CHARITY, a virtue which the Catholic Church defines as “To love God Almighty above all things for his own sake and our neighbour as ourselves for the love of God”.
The Noble Order has over the past 85 years undertaken a myriad of social actions in the various communities, giving to the poor, supporting education of needy pupils, contributing towards the provision of clothing and shelter, especially in times of disaster, visiting and providing for the sick,
Supporting prisoners, supporting the education of priests and various charitable and community service throughout the country Ghana such as the Children’s Hospital, Mental hospitals, Weija Leprosarium, and the aged. In 2006, the Noble Order of the Knights of Marshall celebrated its 80th Anniversary. Since then, the Noble Order has looked forward to being more effective. This desire saw in 2011, the leadership of the Society, both the Supreme Council and the Grand Court forming a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) known as Marshallan Relief and Development Services (MAREDES) to be the development wing of the Noble Order and a vehicle to rollout more effectively works of charity and community service.
Through MAREDES, the Society will deliver more effectively on its mandate of practicing Charity and contributing to the ‘Common Good’ of society.
LEGAL STATUS / PARTICULARS OF REGISTRATION
MAREDES was registered on 28th October 2011 with the Registrar Generals Department as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with Registration No. G-38608