Fafraha Presbyterian Church donates to Mampong School for the Deaf

Mampong-Akuapim (E/R),- The Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Victory Congregation at Fafraha over the weekend donated some items to the Senior High Technical School for the Deaf, Mampong-Akuapem (Sectedeaf).

The donations worth GH20,000.00 included 20 pieces of tables, 40 pieces of benches, a 660 litre capacity chess freezer and a 450litre capacity water tank.

Presenting the items on behalf of the Church, Reverend Colonel Adototeye Asare (rtd), the District Minister for Fafraha District of the Presbyterian Church, said the donations were made as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Church.

Rev. Col. Asare (rtd), who doubles as the Minister in Charge of the Victory Congregation of the Presbyterian Church, said the school was selected for the donation because of their consistent participation in annual event of the Church dubbed Business Summit.

He said the Church has a long relationship with the Sectedeaf and so the donation was to deepen the relationship with the school.

He said the Church also donated because it was in line with the numerous donation activities undertaken by the Church and also because the Lord Jesus commanded all followers to help the needy.

He urged the school authorities to make efficient use of the items provided and also take good care of them.

Mrs Elizabeth Korkor Amanor, the Municipal Director of Education, commended the Church for showing love to the school and relieving the school from the stress it would have gone through had the donations not come.

She urged the school to take good care of the donated items so that it can bless a lot more people.

Receiving the items, Mr Joseph Sam, the Head of the School, commended the Church for the kind gesture adding that the donated items would be well�kept for the benefit of all.

He described the donation as a great relief to the management, staff and students, adding that the Presbyterian Church has always been helpful to the school as the Victory Congregation are the third batch to do that.

The Headmaster said the school was currently made up of 344 students of which 126 were females and 218 were males, adding that when all fresh students had come, the number might reach 400 students.

He said the school achieved a 100 per cent in the 2018 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination with 56 out of the 103 candidates have 6 passes.

He called on corporate bodies, Non-Governmental Organisations, and philanthropist to come to aid of the school as it yearns to relocate the students to a single community.

Mr Sam said currently the students commute a distance daily from the campus to the boarding house, which are 1.5 kilometres apart, adding the help was needed to acquire a land to contain both classrooms and boarding facilities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Karmzah! A heroine with cerebral palsy, comic launched

Accra,- Karmzah, a comic that portrays a person with Cerebral Palsy (CP) as a heroine, was launched on Saturday, 6th October to coincide with the celebration of World CP Day worldwide.

The comic, to be made available online on the Afrocomix App on Google Playstore, is expected to change the negative perceptions about persons with disability as feeble, weak or poor.

Ms Farida Bedwei, a person living with cerebral palsy and an IT Entrepreneur who launched Karmzah together with her partners Leti Arts, said comic is an attractive way to change perceptions, saying children are easily moulded and can be influenced quicker thus using comic to attract children and the general public.

If a child with cerebral palsy sees Karmzah, the child will grow up feeling proud of him or herself regardless of the walking aid or the wheel chair he or she uses, Ms Bedwei said.

She said there is limited representation of children and adults with disabilities in the comics/ cartoons. Some characters in Marvel’s X-Men have disabilities, e.g. Professor X is in a wheelchair and Cyclops is visually impaired; then there’s Misty Knight, an amputee with a bionic arm.

Considering the number of children / adults with varying disabilities worldwide there is the need for more characters they can relate to in the world of animation.

According to statistics, Cerebral Palsy is the largest cause of childhood disability and there is no superhero/superheroine with cerebral palsy for children to identify with. Having a superhero (ine) with such a condition would provoke more conversations about neurological conditions and lead to a broader acceptance into society as a whole.

Ms Bedwei said Persons with Disabilities are, most often than not, portrayed as helpless victims who need to be rescued/ helped by their able- bodied counterparts. The focus is on their disabilities not their capabilities and that perception will only change when we start focusing on their strengths, not their weaknesses.

She said with the introduction of a superheroine who, in spite of having Cerebral Palsy, fights bad guys and does the rescuing, we’ll be changing the narrative and making it seem, at the very least, not that big a deal having a physical disability.

The character � Karmzah, still uses her walking aids, and is empowered through them. If she loses a hold of her crutches, she reverts to her ordinary self and can no longer fight, run or fly as she does with the superpowers.

Ms Bedwei said the idea is to make the aids (wheelchairs, walking aids, hearing aids, etc) ‘cool’. If there are crutches that unleash whips and darts, and braces which allow the wearer to run superfast, it makes it more appealing to the average child/ teen who has to wear/ use them to get around.

Mr Eyram Akofa Tawia, Chief Executive Officer and Co- Founder of Leti Arts, a video game development organization, said people with disabilities are usually under-represented hence his organization’s partnership with Farida Bedwei to change how disability is represented.

Leti Arts creates games and comics based on African history and folklore with the aim of re-telling the African story and culture in a 21st Century reality.

He said Leti Arts creates African superheros and heroine based on local historical figures urging people to patronize Karmzah which promises to be educative and exciting.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Veterans Administration launches 2018 Poppy Appeal

Accra,- The Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG) has launched the 2018 Poppy Appeal to raise funds for the celebration of veterans for their key roles on November 11.

The annual event is celebrated to raise funds to support the ex-service personnel and those who helped ensure world peace.

Mrs Akosua Frema, the Chief of Staff at the Jubilee House of Ghana, who launched the 2018 Poppy Appeal, urged the leadership of VAG to look beyond the Poppy Appeal to interactions with corporate bodies for more funds to be raised for the cause.

She said the Military Band Concert is an instance of an enviable military tradition which is used to launch the Poppy Appeal for funds annually.

Mrs Frema said the name ‘Poppy’ was adopted in remembrance of the heroic examples exhibited by gallant Ghanaians then serving in the West Africa Volunteer Force who went through various places including Burma and East Africa during the World War I and II.

She said their courage has contributed to the current relatively free and safer world dominated by the practice of democracy, free expression and respect for human rights.

Mrs Frema said though majority of the heroes have died, the remaining are well advanced in age, hence the need for urgent assistance.

She said the concept veterans for us, goes beyond the World War Veterans because it includes the post-independence veterans and the ex-service men and women who sacrificed their lives to help bring peace.

Mrs Frema urged VAG asdministrators, tasked to see to the welfare needs of the veterans, to intensify efforts in educating Ghanaians on the need to appreciate the achievements of our ex-service personnel saying they deserve to be treated with honour.

Captain Ben Edmund Duah (rtd), the Executive Director of VAG, said membership of the association was more than 19,000 including 121 World War II veterans and military widows.

He said the administration operates with 10 regions, 110 districts with three meeting legions.

Captain Duah (rtd) said monies realised from the Poppy Appeal would help the administration to carry out its mandate of ensuring the welfare of veterans in the country.

The Military Band Concert was used to entertain veterans and other dignitaries present at the event.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Veterans Administration launches 2018 Poppy Appeal

Accra,- The Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG) has launched the 2018 Poppy Appeal to raise funds for the celebration of veterans for their key roles on November 11.

The annual event is celebrated to raise funds to support the ex-service personnel and those who helped ensure world peace.

Mrs Akosua Frema, the Chief of Staff at the Jubilee House of Ghana, who launched the 2018 Poppy Appeal, urged the leadership of VAG to look beyond the Poppy Appeal to interactions with corporate bodies for more funds to be raised for the cause.

She said the Military Band Concert is an instance of an enviable military tradition which is used to launch the Poppy Appeal for funds annually.

Mrs Frema said the name ‘Poppy’ was adopted in remembrance of the heroic examples exhibited by gallant Ghanaians then serving in the West Africa Volunteer Force who went through various places including Burma and East Africa during the World War I and II.

She said their courage has contributed to the current relatively free and safer world dominated by the practice of democracy, free expression and respect for human rights.

Mrs Frema said though majority of the heroes have died, the remaining are well advanced in age, hence the need for urgent assistance.

She said the concept veterans for us, goes beyond the World War Veterans because it includes the post-independence veterans and the ex-service men and women who sacrificed their lives to help bring peace.

Mrs Frema urged VAG asdministrators, tasked to see to the welfare needs of the veterans, to intensify efforts in educating Ghanaians on the need to appreciate the achievements of our ex-service personnel saying they deserve to be treated with honour.

Captain Ben Edmund Duah (rtd), the Executive Director of VAG, said membership of the association was more than 19,000 including 121 World War II veterans and military widows.

He said the administration operates with 10 regions, 110 districts with three meeting legions.

Captain Duah (rtd) said monies realised from the Poppy Appeal would help the administration to carry out its mandate of ensuring the welfare of veterans in the country.

The Military Band Concert was used to entertain veterans and other dignitaries present at the event.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chief of Akoase places a ban on the uttering of curses

Akoase (E/R),- Osabarima Gyasi Boateng Aduako II, the chief of Akoase, has stated that any member of the community who would utter a curse on his neighbour would be fined GH2,000.00, a bottle of schnapp and a sheep.

The decision was to end the rampant deaths facing the people especially the youths and to promote socio- economic activities of the people in the area.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Akoase in the Birim North District, he said the community for years did not have a substantive chief to rule them, hence the reckless attitudes of some inhabitants.

He said since he was enstooled as a chief, it is his intension to ensure that stringent rules and regulations are put in place to guide the people so as to enhance development of the area.

As part of his short term projects, he said, he has donated educational materials in terms of school bags, pens and books to over 20 schools in the area with the aim of increasing enrolment.

Osabarima Aduako II said plans are far advanced to build more schools in the community and currently what is taking place is the free extra classes for students to prepare them for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

He said he has awarded all accessible roads for contract and work would soon begin.

Upgrading of the health centre, he said, has been his major priority, adding that he had reconnected the health centre to the national grid and donated chairs to aid their services.

To ensure good good sanitation practices among his people, he donated about 40 dustbins and place them at vantage points of the community.

Osabarima Aduako II pledged of his continuous support in ensuring the comfort of community members by entreating them to let peace and unity prevail amongst them to help bring development to the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency