The Special Mothers Project, an association of mothers with children who have cerebral palsy, on Friday donated GHc500 to the Madina Demonstration Unit School.

The donation is a symbolic gesture to kick start a fund raising campaign to upgrade the school and to encourage mothers with children with cerebral palsy to patronize the services of the school.

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects the movement and sometimes speech of children, it is the number one cause of disability in children.

Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Initiator of the Special Mothers Project, who presented the money to the headmistress of the school said many parents with children who have cerebral palsy struggle to take care of the children in homes, many of the early childhood development centres or crèches reject them.

“These children face rejection or discrimination in our society, many parents are forced to hide these children. Meanwhile government has launched the inclusive education policy which among others says that there should be zero rejection for children with special needs.

“Children with cerebral palsy are not useless; we have our own Farida Bedwei, as an example of a Ghanaian lady with cerebral palsy who has achieved a lot,” she added.

The Unit school is part of government effort to help integrate children with special need who are capable into mainstream schools.

The Special Mothers project has adopted the school to help upgrade it to a standard where parents will feel comfortable sending their children with cerebral palsy, Mrs Awadzi said.

Ms Christine Quartey, Headmistress of the school who received the donation, said the money will be put to good use.

Expressing gratitude to the Special Mothers Project, she called on other organizations to support the unit to serve as an encouragement to parents to special needs children.

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