–as She Empowers Physically Challenged with wheelchairs
Professor (Mrs) Goski Alabi, Founder of GAB Foundation Ghana, a Non Governmental Organization(NGO) has called on Ghanaians to remember the poor and the vulnerable in the society, arguing that the gift we give to this category of less-privileged people is rendered unto God.
The renown educationist was speaking at a short but impressive annual donation programm for physically challenged and needy persons at Nungua in Accra over the weekend.
According to her, “it is our duty as Ghanaians to at time go to the elderly, widows, widowers, physically challenged and the less-privileged in our society to share our love and care.”
Mrs Alabi, who is also the Dean of International Affairs of the University for Professional Studies,Accra(UPSA explained that , it was part of the NGO’s empowerment programmes aimed at empowering the beneficiaries for self employment and sustenance in the wake of their challenges.
The NGO which dedicated to empowering people with disabilities and most vulnerable in society has touched hundred’s of lives in the Teshie Nungua communities here in Accra over the last few years.
Over the last few years, the NGO provided the beneficiaries with wheel chairs, working machines and tools as well as scholarship to study.
Beneficiaries of both young and elderly received supports on categories of university education, health, equipment, trade support and special dispensation.
The 2017 edition beneficiaries were presented with various packages including wheelchairs, table top freezer, electronic grinding machine and tools for shoe making, knitting machines, medical bills and scholarship packages for university students.
Prof Goski said, theFoundation has been helping to empower the vulnerable in communities since, 2013 through the initiatives and have touched the lives of many people living in and around Teshi-Nungua communities.
“We have touched the lives of many people in and around Teshi Nungua. Many vulnerable are applying for the support but due to resources we always look for the most vulnerable persons and we do this on yearly basis, we can make an even bigger difference with this,” she stated.
The vision, she said is to work with persons with disability, their families, friends and community, while aiding them to achieve their full potentials and also promote their full integration into society.
This, she noted would help to avoid the unnecessary isolation and stigmatization of people with disabilities as they are been provided with relevant and quality training and opportunities as well as protect the entire well-being of people with disability.
The mission of GAB Foundation, Mrs Alabi added, “is to develop and empower people with disabilities to become self-sufficient and independent off families and friends and to eliminate physical, legal and psyco-social barriers and to foster a healthy non-disabled and disabled relationship.”
She noted that most of the beneficiaries, based on investigations, had the penchant to develop and apply their God-given talents and skills to engage in profitable ventures in order to eke out a living without depending on anybody.
She disclosed that having discovered that some are handicapped as they do not have mobile facilities to move around to achieve their visions, the NGO considered it imperative to assist them with the wheel chairs to facilitate their movement to do something for themselves for a living.
Mrs Alabi however called on privileged Ghanaians to always help the less privileged, especially the physically challenged to earn a living.
Lepowura Alhaji M.N.D. Jawula, who chaired the function applauded the NGO for it intervention with foresight to proffer solution to reduce unemployment that remained one of the basic challenges being faced by the country.
One of the beneficiaries, Ebeneze Nortey , lauded the foundation for the kind gesture. He enthused that it had made them proud of their conditions by putting smiles on their faces and urged the management to keep the flag of its philanthropist and empowerment programmes flying.
Source: Therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba
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