Foundation to cater for PWDs launched in Accra

Ms Sowah assisted by other dignitaries to launch the foundation

Ms Sowah assisted by other dignitaries to launch the foundation

Flower of Hope International (FHI), a foundation to cater for the educational needs of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), was launched last Saturday at La in Accra.

Launching the foundation, Rita Odoley Sowah, Executive Director of FHI, urged government to increase the allocation of Metropolitan, Municipal, Districts Assemblies (MMDAs) common fund for PWDs to 30 per cent.

“FHI is proposing 30 per cent adjustment from the current 10 per cent allocation from the assemblies’ common fund to cater for the educational and other economic empowerment needs of PWDs in various areas to enable them to have a sustainable living condition,” she said.

Ms Sowah, who is also a former Municipal Chief Executive for La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA), called for a comprehensive policy that catered for the future and not the current welfare of PWDs and their family.

The Executive Director said her outfit had chart such a path where some PWDs had gained educational assistance from the Rita Odoley Sowah scholarship for the brilliant but needy PWDs.

She said another objective of her foundation was to provide mothers with employable skills which could earn them a living.

Ms Sowah said FHI was in talks with the Ghana Federation of the Disabled, La branch, to identify those with good educational background and those willing to undergo training to help them to become better citizens in the future.

According to her, the foundation since 2017 had undertaken many initiatives to educate mothers and guardians not to hide any PWD due to stigma, or neglect them, because they could add value and change their status in life.

Reverend Christie Doe Tetteh, leader of Solid Rock Chapel, Joseph Ade Coker, Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sylvester Mensah, former NHIA boss, Nii Amasah Namoale, former Member of Parliament for LaDMA and others were present to grace the occasion.

BY VICTOR A.BUXTON

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