Amputee Academy set to take off at Komenda-Dominase
An amputee academy is set to start in the country in the next few months.
The academy is the brainchild of Richoff Amputee Foundation, a non-governmental organization set up by former Ghana National Amputee Football team captain, Richard Offer.
The academy will cover a 40-acre parcel of land donated by the chief of the Central Regional town, Komenda-Dominase, Nana Kow Baisie II.
Addressing a durbar at Komenda-Dominase during the Dwowdzi or Yam Afahye festival on Saturday 31st August 2013, Nana Baisie II said:
‘I have travelled far and wide and in my travel I have seen an amputee wearing a military uniform at the war front, an amputee holding a gun at the war front and an amputee directing a big company. That was what motivated me to give them the land for this project.’
Mr Richard Offer, whose football career was almost cut short at an early age following an accident, promised that the foundation will work hard to make the project a reality.
The academy is expected to provide training and education for hundreds of amputees who have no means of survival, board member of the foundation, Reverend Kennedy Bentum hinted.
He appealed to the people to give the foundation the necessary support for the project to take off.
Each year festivals and durbars are held in various parts of the country for reunion, development purposes and to strengthen existing beliefs.
Staple foods of people in the area also feature prominently during such celebrations. But what happens when such foods are in short supply or are not there at all?
In many communities there’s a lot prayer to the ancestors for more food or pumper harvest in the years ahead.
That was the case in Komenda Dominase, a small village in the Central Region, when the chiefs and people defied the odds to celebrate their annual Dwowdzi Afahye or yam festival despite a poor harvest.
Komenda-Dominase is small village of mostly brick houses spread around a chain of small hills.
Bare-chested men beat an ensemble of drums while their chief danced to the beat in his palanquin.
Adorned with gold ornaments he sweeps the air in front of him with his left hand towards his chest while he lifted a gold-plated cutlass into the air, a symbol of power and authority.
The durbar ground is located at the heart of the village and the people converge here every year to raise funds to support development projects in the community.
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