40 PWDs benefit from KMA, Social Welfare support
Forty Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Kumasi Metropolis have been equipped with various items and financial support to enable them eke a decent living.
The gesture comes from a Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and Department of Social Welfare collaboration, with support from the government.
The items were funded by the three percent allocation of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) to PWDs.
A total of GH¢45,480 in cheques was presented to the beneficiaries to support the start of business ventures, as well as the fees of students among them.
Some of the items included 30 mechanised wheelchairs, industrial sewing machines, chest freezers, laptops, baking ovens, gas cylinders, hand dryers, hair dryers, plastic chairs, hair conditioners and rollers, and assorted soaps and detergents.
Janet Pomaa was equipped to start her own bakery, while Christabel Owusu is to establish her saloon following the supply of the necessary starter kits, including rollers and roller stands, hair sprays, sinks, shampoos, tonging and straightening tools.
The procurement of the items by the Social Welfare Department was upon the screening and express approval by the Disability Fund Management Committee of the KMA.
Mrs. Esther Apraku Nyarko, Metro Director of Social Welfare, said the gesture was to make the beneficiaries self-sufficient, independent, and live dignified lives.
She reminded the recipients that disability is not inability, and encouraged them to make the most of the items supplied and support to spur them on in life.
The Metro Social Welfare Director appealed to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) to complement the efforts of the government and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMMDAs) in supporting PWDs.
The Metro Chief Executive, Osei Assibey Antwi, who presented the items to the beneficiaries, cautioned them against parading the streets to beg for alms.
He directed the Federation of Persons with Disability to apply sanctions, including blacklisting those who get support from the government and yet go back to the streets as beggars.