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12.03.2006 Regional News

Dormitory for disability children at Anakmu


Gomoa Ankamu (C/R), March 12, GNA - The Mephibosheth Training Centre, a school for children with disability at Gomoa Ankamu is constructing a 400-million-cedi dormitory to increase enrolment. Pastor Joseph Jehu-Appiah, Director of the School, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the institute at Ankamu at the weekend. He said the project was being financed with assistance from the Mephiboseth Ministry in the United State, adding that more than 100 million cedis had been raised to start the project next month. He stated that the dormitory would be a completed and made accessible for those who use wheelchairs to help the children with walking disability.

Pastor Jehu-Appiah said the Centre was going through difficulties because of increase in the number of children that have been sent there by parents from the Volta, Western and Central Regions and stated that there was the need to construct a new dormitory.

He noted that the school feed the children free of charge since it wanted to get them trained and integrated into society so that they do not become a burden on their parents and society.

The Director appealed to churches, companies, organisations and well as well-to-do people to donate towards the upkeep of the less unfortunate children.

He said 21 students, lecturers and occupational therapists from the University of Southern California in the United State of America were at the school to assist the children.

Ms Bonnie Nakasuji, leader of the team, said the students who were doing their internship in occupational therapy would provide assistance for the school.

She said some of the children who could not speak well like normal children would be helped to enjoy their stay at the centre. Ms Nakasuji said there was no occupational therapy in Ghana, which influenced their decision to assist the school.

She said the University could support the setting up of a Therapy Centre to enable the students to come and help such children in the Ghana, saying that government officials were keen in the venture. Pastor Jehu-Appiah and Ms Nakasuji jointly unveiled a plaque donated by a first year student of the Kwame Nkrumah university of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Nana Esi Sam Annan, as her personal contribution to the school.