The Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD), a mother organisation for persons with physical disabilities who have come together to fight for their common interest, has launched its 37th biennial conference in Kumasi, last Tuesday under the theme “Inclusion – matters – work for all.”
Rev. John Meful, the national president of the organisation, said the wrestling and the struggling for daily bread and livelihood of the disabled cannot be overemphasized, adding that suffering, poverty, illiteracy and other serious challenges are engulfing their membership.
According to him, members of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled stand to protect their dignity by not settling at the least to beg on the streets as some of their colleagues do.
Rev. Meful noted that the members will be gathering at the Kumasi Anglican Senior High School (KASS) to encourage themselves and outdoor certain skills within membership.
He added that they will celebrate the occasion to create awareness to government and other stakeholders and tender concerns as laid down in the Disability Act (715), United Nations (UN) convention on persons with disabilities and other relevant policies.
“In our effort to contribute to solving some of our challenges, we are targeting raising GH¢50,000 to establish a chalk factory at Jachie, near Kumasi, to provide employment, and livelihood not only for our members, but also for our sister organisation and even for the non-disabled,” he explained.
The president said the Jachie Training Centre is a major vocational training centre for all persons with disability, which is owned by GSPD, since the institution has trained a lot of persons with disability (PWDs) in the area of Kente-weaving, Clothing, Tie-and-Dye and leather work.
“However, the need to revamp the facility is long overdue. We need government, corporate organisations and individuals to partner with us for the renovation of the centre, acquiring school bus, and assist in feeding the students,” he noted.
The society is the affiliate of the Ghana Federation for Disability Organisation (GFD) and Trades Union Congress (TUC).
It came into existence on April 16, 1980 through a protest organisational effort of some selfless persons with physically disabilities.
Other speakers were Mr. Ntim Kwaku Twumasi, also known as (NTK) chairman of GSPD; Philip Mensah, Joyce Gyamfi and Mr. Osei Asibey Antwi, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Chief Executive.
The conference brought together members of the organisation across the country.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Nsiah Yeboah, Kumasi