Ghana: NGO Plans to Build Higher Education Institution for Physically Handicapped in Prampram
Eden’s Oasis Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has announced a plan to build a higher education institution for students with physical disabilities in the country.
The institution to be built in Prampram in the Greater Accra region is to provide easy access for people with disabilities to higher education and help them climb the academic ladder after high school (SHS).
The founder of the NGO, with branches in the United States of America (USA) and Ghana, Esther Borley Odamtten made the announcement on Tuesday, when her team donated food items and detergents to the school of blind people of Akropong in the Eastern region.
The founder of the NGO was assisted by Mrs. Barbara Gbeblewu, to present two bags of rice, sugar, corn and beans each, two gallons of edible oil, 10 cartons of detergents and an undisclosed amount of cash , at school.
According to Ms. Odamtten, “We realized that our friendship to bring a few bags of food and some money would not really meet the challenges of the detainees. That is why we must adopt proactive measures to meet the basic needs allowing the detainees to feel part of society”.
She said children with physical disabilities are very bright, adding that “they need the right investment in their education and other aspects of their lives in order to prove their worth in life.”
Ms Odamtten said children with physical disabilities exhibit virtues such as teamwork, devotion to one another and genuine love.
She said there were no universities for the physically handicapped in Ghana and West Africa, and only a few of these children had the opportunity to attend tertiary institutions.
“So if we can create a university for them and we can even admit one percent, it will mean a lot to them,” Ms Odamtten said.
She called on corporate institutions, philanthropists and other NGOs to support any initiative to build a first university for the physically disabled.
Upon receiving the items, a school official, Mr. Andrew Anderson, thanked the NGO for the gesture and promised that the items would be used for the intended purpose.
He said that “the articles presented are intended for students and will be used for this purpose”.