Friday, 17 October 2014

They play hard, we work harder

A big hello from the Resource Centre!

This is week 2 of our placement in the Resource centre and this week the team has been focussing on delivering letters to schools asking for permission to run sensitisation programmes for children in both Junior and Senior high. We hope that with a positive response from head teachers we will be able to run a thorough programme incorporating lots of schools in the Tamale area to begin reducing the stigma attached to disability.

Furthermore we are very interested in getting the resource centre more publicity. To achieve this we have been writing to radio stations in the possibility that we can get a spot on the radio to talk about the work of the resource centre. Our radio expert Abass is taking the lead on this project due to his previous experience in the area of media publicity. For his excellent work in securing us air-time in Tamale, we have awarded Abass the prestigious title of ‘volunteer of the week’. Expect to hear our voices on some of the best radio stations in town soon!

Our website is coming along nicely and will hopefully be finished within the next few days and will be ready to launch. Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter and Facebook page for the link when it is completed. Work on partnerships and grants also started this week and we expect to be sending out emails contacting potential partnership organisations shortly.

Our office was taken over by football excitement this week as the African Cup of Nations came to Tamale to see Ghana play Guinea in the second leg of the qualifiers. As the resource centre is located opposite the new Tamale sports stadium we were swept up in the excitement and managed to secure tickets to watch the game after work. The team bonded over a love of football and celebrated after the 3-1 victory. This has been only the second time Ghana’s national football team has played in Tamale and we were lucky to see it, as the atmosphere was incredible.

Next week we are aiming to visit more schools in the area to book appointments to present to children and perfect our presentations to teach the children as much as possible about disability in Ghana and start on the road to reduce stigma of disabled people.

From Beno and Alice. 

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