Thursday, 4 December 2014

Fond Farewell from Cohort 6!

All too soon our tenure as volunteers at ICS is coming to an end but being a global citizen has just began. Being at the Northern Regional Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities has really enlightened me on the plights faced by persons with disabilities. We started our journey by mapping out strategies to deal with stigmatization and sensitizing people to accept persons with disabilities. We carried out presentation in schools and on radio stations as well as having a teachers’ workshop on the international day for persons with disabilities. Self confidence in public speaking has been boosted through this project and also my report writing skills have been given a push as I was entrusted in writing the Monitoring and Evaluation report for all activities held. Also I planned and prepared a follow up presentation to be used for the follow up visits in the schools we have already visited whilst a career in events organizing has also been realized as with my buddy, Quaye, of Create Change, we organized a pool party where you all made it a success by attending and I really appreciate that. In all, ICS has had an impact in my life. I was given a great team that made the environment serene for me to become a better team player, develop a good interpersonal relationship skills and effectively managed time. Truly, I couldn’t have wished for a better cohort like this (cohort 6) and been in a great project like the Resource Center.

Kudos to you: my team, Resource Center and ICS.  


This is Mahama Abass alias big abs alias papa joy alias “manikunidIediemu”. Is been a wonderful experience with team “LETS DO THIS”. I particularly had a nice time with the team in our four radio appearances (Diamond FM, Justice FM, Fiila FM and North Star FM), six sensitizations in schools (Tishigu Anglican JHS, Tamale Islamic SHS, Winning Life Academy, Faith Hill Community School, Tamale International School) and one follow up visit to Winning life Academy. I cannot forget our famous and unforgettable trip to ABM foundation in Zabzugu near Togo and also the rough road to the place. I will miss my “joy Dadi” brothers and Sister Elisha PsyPha, Dery B and Ayishetu. I will miss my “let’s do” this brother and sisters from UK Ben alias Benedicta, Alice and Ras-Becki. My special thanks goes Jonny alias Mumuni alias “thank you” and the resource center management Samed, Seidu and Ahmed. It has been a nice experience and I would like to thank International Service Ghana for this opportunity.


My two months at the Resource Centre have been full of interesting experiences, sometimes difficult lessons and valuable insight into how international development works. My favourite memory of my time here was our teacher’s workshop and needs assessment at ABM Foundation School in Zabzugu, a beautiful town near the Togo border. It was inspiring to work with such an important project that employed such passionate and dedicated teachers and I hope the Resource Centre continues to expand our partnership with them. I’d like to wish good luck to the next team working here and hope that they continue to expand and improve the work here at the Resource Centre.


Although it is sad to be leaving Ghana next week I am happy in the belief that our cohort has been successful in furthering the mission of the Northern Regional Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities. I think our most successful project was that of publicising the centre on four different radio stations in Tamale. This was effective in getting our message of anti-stigmatisation and disabled opportunities out to the public. It also raised awareness of disabled rights and gave information of our centre to anyone listening who might have needed our help, and described the work and help we could give to them. I have also been working on another project while at the RCPWD, and this was focussed on the aim to secure funding or sponsorship to two talented disabled athletes in the Northern Region, Yakubu and Ayishetu. Unfortunately I was not able to secure them funds to attend a sports competition in South Africa while I was working here but I hope the next cohort will continue my work in the hope that they will be able to attend these international competitions in the near future. They really deserve sponsorship as they train incredibly hard and are the perfect candidates for funding as Paralympic  hopefuls. If you can help our athletes please email development.rcpwd@gmail.com.     


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