The Central Regional Office of the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) provided disability aids for 22 girls with disability who participate in the Strategic Approach to Girls Education (STAGE) Project in Gomoa West District of Ghana’s Central Region. The package included a wheelchair, clutches and medicines for the hearing and visually impaired. Eleven of the beneficiaries were visually impaired, two were physically challenged, eight had hearing impairments and one had a learning disability.

The assistance was intended to encourage the beneficiaries’ to participate actively in the STAGE Project, which is funded by the UKAID, in partnership with World Education Incorporation. The STAGE Project gives vulnerable and marginalized girls basic numeracy and literacy skills to enable them to read and write. The project also trains participants in vocational skills of an individual’s choice to help break the chain of abject poverty in the respective communities.

Mr. John Ekow Aidoo, Regional Manager of Ghana Red Cross Society – Central Region said the people living with disabilities were being assisted to integrate fully into society and become more effective in their endeavors. Mr. Aidoo explained that the beneficiaries were selected from a pool of 54 persons with disability participating in the project.

“We actually have 54 disabled girls representing almost 10 per cent of…beneficiaries in the project and out of this number we took 22 to the hospital to examine and access their disabilities and assistance needed to keep them active in the project,” he said.

Ms. Dora Ewusi, Safeguarding Officer of Ghana Red Cross Society said safeguarding Focal Persons had been deployed to the communities and tasked to prioritize the safety of beneficiaries against all forms of violence, especially sexual harassment.

Mrs Mary Dadzie, a parent, spoke on behalf of parents of other beneficiaries and expressed gratitude to the GRCS and its partners for their thoughtfulness in helping to ease the some of the burdens of caring for their girls from off their shoulders.