Thursday, 27 November 2014

The changing tide at the RCPWD...

     Greetings from the Northern Regional Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities! We are now on Week 9 of placement here and although work is beginning to draw to a close (with debrief documents and handover reports in full swing) we are still pushing ahead with our sensitization campaign.

      This week saw us back at Winning Life Academy in Tamale for our first ever follow-up visit. Abass and Elisha did the main speaking and the students at the school greatly enjoyed the Paralympic clips we displayed. We spoke about the Paralympian Elise Du Toit and afterwards Ghana’s very own Dr. Henry Seidu Daanaa, the Minister for Chieftaincy, who is in fact blind. The students answered questions and answers about the case studies and we have now been invited back for a third visit!

      On Friday we have our last ever sensitization as Cohort 6! We are visiting Faith Hill Primary on the Bolgatanga Road. Altogether now we have visited 5 different schools and have really built upon the work of previous cohorts.  We’ve been invited back to Tamale International also and our follow-up visit material will soon be uploaded to our new website – developmentrcpwd.wordpress.com.

     Throughout the week we continue to look for sponsorships and grants for Yakubu and Ayishetu and as volunteer Benno said a few weeks ago “God loves a cheerful giver”. So if you’re reading this and would like to donate please email us at development.rcpwd@gmail.com. Any money raised would enable them to go to the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge in South Africa. Alice and Ayishetu have been contacting banks throughout the week trying to set-up meetings regarding sponsorships, so fingers crossed this will have a positive result!

     Last Saturday,  Abass, Alice and Jonny got up early and watched wheelchair basketball at The Old Stadium (8am – 11am every Saturday/Sunday morning) and were impressed by the skills of the players! Despite the cracks in the court and some of the rusty chairs, they played well and as such we have now been invited to play the team at wheelchair basketball! So on Friday afternoon at 3.30pm the ICS volunteers will be down at The Old Stadium for a game!

    Plans are now underway for the International Day for Persons with Disabilities next Wednesday on the 3rd December. We will be holding a teacher’s workshop at the centre and PWDs will be sharing their experiences in education. The ICS volunteers will be showing the teachers the work we have been doing in schools with our sensitization campaign and Samed (our centre manager) will be talking about the importance of the 3rd December.

     So although it’s coming to the end of Cohort 6 here, there are new horizons and projects on the go and the RCPWD is anticipating the arrival of Cohort 7 in January! 

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