The Wenchi Municipal Assembly in the Bono Region has presented start-up equipment and cash to People Living with Disability (PWDs) in Wenchi.
The gesture formed part of the Assembly’s resolve to equip them with tools to enable them venture into productive work.
In all, a total of 56 people were presented with items ranging from deep freezers, water pumping machines, shoe grinding machine and fufu pounding machine. Eleven of them were also given money to start a trade.
The Member of Parliament for Wenchi, Prof. George Djan Baffour, said the physically challenged individuals are very important people in society and need to be given the needed support in order to make life a bit comfortable for them, so that they will not go onto the streets to beg.
He urged them to put the equipment to good use, so that it will help them generate incomes to take care of themselves.
The Acting President for People Living with Disability, Madam Hafisatu Adams, thanked the Assembly for the kind gesture and assured them that the items will serve its intended purpose.
She mentioned that in times past, they only collected the monies and spent it on their meals, but now that they have been given the working tools, they can work with it to make ends need.
She also commended the government for assisting them.
The Wenchi Municipal Director of Department of Social Welfare, Mr. Ben Akum, said the first and second beneficiaries of the start-up tools have put them to good use, thereby making life a bit bearable for them.
He also thanked the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection for its assistance over the years.