NGO supports mothers with CP children

By Hannah Awadzi, GNA

Accra, Aug 16, GNA
– Women of Love Ministry, a non-governmental organisation that aims at
empowering women to be entrepreneurs has supported two women with some equipment
to start working to earn a living.

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

Other mothers with
CP children were all given a bag of rice and a bottle of oil.

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.

GNA

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