Relief projects for handicapped children in Ghana
My name is Francis Kyere Boakye, born in Dormaa Ahenkro, Ghana, where I grew up. Since the year 2000, I have been looking after handicapped children, first in Norwegian Tromsö, then in Jarna, Sweden. In the spring of 2008, after training as a remedial teacher for five years, I completed my studies.
For many years it has been my dream to look after handicapped children in Africa, in order to improve their chances in later life. From this dream the plan has developed to start a self-sufficient home with therapy possibilities, a school and a workshop for the handicapped in Dormaa Ahenkro. My wife, Susanne Wärnhjelm, will also work at the centre; as a children's doctor she has been treating handicapped children in Sweden for many years. During a visit to my home village, Dormaa Ahenkro, three years ago, I made my first contacts with families with handicapped children. It was then that I got to know Ataa, 11 years old, with cerebral paralysis, and another child with Down's syndrome.
In the following years, I have repeatedly visited my village, and have been able to convince my Ghanaian neighbour Ama, Ataa's foster mother, and her son Kwabena, of the necessity of my relief project. The political leader of Dormaa's district, as well as the mayor of the village support my plans. The project would be classified as an NGO (non-governmental organisation).
I got to know little Kwame a year-and-a-half ago when I brought Ama's foster-son, Ataa, a wheelchair from Sweden; this helped Ataa to attend a perfectly normal school. In the course of time, young Kwame, who also suffers from a serious cerebral paralysis, got a new pram. At this time both Ataa and Kwame were being supported financially by me. Circumstances have permitted me to adopt Kwame and thus to be able to make a better life in Sweden possible for him. Since Kwame's sufferings are unfortunately not an isolated phenomenon, a relief project must be started soon in Ghana itself. My project has already shown a first sign of hope: for the erection of Cosmos's home a good plot of land by the border river of the state, which I inherited some time ago, is intended. It will be possible to expand this plot for our needs whenever necessary.
Aims of the project:
- children's and staff accommodation with its own solar energy;
- a guest house for local and foreign colleagues;
- wells for fresh water;
- an ecological cleaning plant for waste water;
- an ecological kitchen garden for fruit and vegetables;
- buildings for ecological animal care (chickens, sheep, cows, horses and a donkey);
- a park with a playground;
- a meeting hall;
- a therapy centre;
- a school house;
- a handicapped workshop;
- a shop which will sell goods produced in the home.
I now ask you to support me in fulfilling my dream of opening up new perspectives for the future of the children in Dormaa Ahenkro.