Akan Fekuw, a Ghanaian group based in Copenhagen, Denmark has donated a cheque of $500 to support the work of the Special Mothers Project.
The Special Mothers Project is an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy.
The donation was given as part of the group’s yearly award to a Ghanaian organization championing worthy causes in the country.
Nana Kwame Owusu Danquah I, newly installed chief of the Akan Fekuw Group who presented the cheque to Mrs Edith Hazel, Ghana’s Ambassador to Denmark for onward submission to the recipient, said how in the little attempt to help those they left in mother Ghana, members of Akan Fekuw had chosen the Special Mothers Project for the Akan Fekuw award in 2016.
“Each time we celebrate this festival, we select an organisation to donate a small amount to. Over the years, the Akan Fekuw has donated monies to organisations like: The Korle-Bu Heart foundation, The School for Blind in Akropong, The SOS Children’s Village and the Talented Women’s Club in Kasoa.”
Nana Owusu Danquah I, explained that the group celebrates a festival that brings people of Akan descent, and for that matter, Ghanaians in Denmark get together each year to renew cultural ties and strengthen unity.
He said that children with cerebral palsy in Ghana did have access to the necessary education and basic health care, as they were usually isolated from public activities, hence the need to support the Special Mothers Project in their advocacy and awareness creation campaign.
He called on other organizations both at home and abroad to support organizations like the Special Mothers Project to enhance the living standards of children with cerebral palsy.
Ms Perpetua Dufu, Director Europe Bureau of Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration who presented the cheque to Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Initiator of the Special Mothers Project, acknowledged the lack of knowledge and awareness on cerebral palsy in Ghana.
She pledged her personal support to the organisation’s activities to enhance awareness creation on cerebral palsy issues in Ghana.
Mrs Hannah Awadzi expressed her gratitude to Akan Fekuw for the gesture, and said the Special Mothers project will donate an amount of GHc500 to support the Multikids Foundation, an organization that advocates inclusion in Ghanaian society.
“Multikids Foundation support the Special Mothers Project with free periodic therapy training sessions for parents especially mothers with children who have cerebral palsy.”
The Special Mothers Project has also supported the Madina Demonstration School, a Unit/Special government school in Madina to upgrade to enable children with CP attend the school.
Mrs Awadzi said that children with cerebral palsy in Ghana are usually denied access to basic education because of their inability to walk, talk or sit and said that the donation will go a long way to enhance the advocacy project.
She called on other organizations to support the project to reach out to children with cerebral palsy.