Author: Beyonce Diamond Kpogli
VIOLA FORD FLETCHER FOUNDATION, Ghana Chapter (VFFF), a humanitarian organisation in Accra, has held a New Year party for children with special needs at the New Horizon Special School, Dzorwulu Special School, and the Osu Children’s Home in Accra.
The Foundation, in recent times, supported individuals both in Ghana and outside the country to empower and improve people’s financial, physical, and mental well-being.
Speaking at the event, His Royal Majesty Eze Dr Amb Chukwudi Ihenetu, Paramount King of the Igbo People in Ghana and Vice President of Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation, said the Foundation was keen on helping to curtail the challenges of the less privileged, hence the need to come together to put smiles on the faces of children with special needs.
According to him, there was a need to see the children as important as everyone in the community and not to sideline them as ones who could not contribute to national development.
“Let us create time and give attention to these children, they need you and me to come together, eat with them, play around with them and provide for them,” he urged.
He commended the teachers of the schools for their continuous support despite all the challenges they go through every time.
His Royal Majesty Eze Dr Amb Chukwudi Ihenetu encouraged cooperative and private entities to support children with special needs to reduce the burden on the schools, as a way of making them better persons in the future.
On her part, Madam Mariama Obeng, Deputy Principal of Vocational for the New Horizon Special School, also thanked Viola Ford Fletcher Foundation for having the kind heart to celebrate the occasion with the kids.
“The school has been in existence for 51 years without any support from the government, it is run basically by the fees that we charge and donations from individuals and organizations. So as they have come today, it is one of the gestures that we receive from people,” she said.
She also appealed to the general public to come to the aid of these schools, which required help.
As part of the event, VFFF also donated cardboard, brooms, toiletries, and other educational materials to the three schools.