Ms Rebecca Agama, a seamstress and a mother of child with cerebral palsy (CP) was supported with a sewing machine, while Rosemary Ladzi was given a poly-tank to enable her sell water to her community members
Mrs Gloria Yeboah Botwe, Director of Women of Love Ministry who made the presentation at a ceremony in Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region, said children with CP are also gift from God.
“Your children have the spirit of God in them, they are also created in the image of God .Do not look down on your children or belittle yourselves, you will be amazed if God revealed His purpose for your children to you,” she said.
Mrs Yeboah-Botwe said her organisation is ready train mothers with CP children in various vocational skills for free and also help them with startup capital to enable them earn a living and be able to take good care of their children.
The mothers who used the occasion to share their challenges and also encourage themselves expressed appreciate to the Ministry for the kind gesture and urged other organisations to emulate the example.
Ms Rosemary Ladzi, sharing her experience said she was frustrated to the point of poisoning herself but she was thankful she did not die.
Ms Agama on the other hand said her association with other mothers through the CBM, an international Christian Development organization has been very helpful.
“Even though I have had challenges even with sending my child to school, CBM’s project has been my biggest source of encouragement to keep me going,” she said
CBM, in collaboration with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Ghana (UG) initiated a research to evaluate the impact of a community –based parent training programme for children with CP in Ghana.
The project being implemented through the health Directorate of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana brings together groups of 10-15 parents of care givers of children with CP and provide them training
Mrs Jedidiah Abanga, Official of the Presbyterian Church Health Directorate explained that the programme aims to increase knowledge and skills in caring for a child with CP.
It promotes a participatory learning approach with an emphasis on the empowerment of parents and caregivers, she added
Mr Anthony Adaboe, a Special Needs Educator and leader of one of such groups in Dodowa, said many of the mothers have expressed enormous benefits since the start of the project.
As part of the project a group of health professionals including physiotherapists, nutritionists, pediatricians and other health officials visit the mothers at home periodically while monthly meetings are also help to teach the group.
The project among other objectives is also exploring ways caregivers could be empowered and how it impacts upon care of their child.
Source: GNA/News Ghana