Children with special needs and disabilities are marginalized and not considered as “humans” in most of Ghana. These children are sometimes killed or sacrificed at their early stages in life since they are seen as a curse. There are no major medical interventions or national programs that support their medication, education, and their growth. Most of these children are “dumped” or left at orphanage homes with no traces of their families, and only a few have families who seldom visit them.
Volunteers are therefore urgently needed to help give the students life skills, teach them basic everyday living like dressing up, how to wear their shoes, combing their hair, brushing their teeth, etc. as well as helping to develop their intelligence quotient (IQ), teach basic drawing, craft, English and teaching them fun games and activities that help them to play and interact with one another.
This program takes place at health facilities, orphanage homes, and sometimes individual homes for families who have their special needs children locked up at homes to avoid public ridicule.
There is a lack of playing materials at most centers. Volunteers can bring papers, clothes, visual learning aids, disability learning aids, crafts, and art supplies according to their abilities. Most importantly you bring a big heart and smile.