Construction starts for 9,000 homes for PWDs. Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has initiated the construction of the CEM Ability Village, a large-scale project aimed at empowering and supporting persons living with disabilities (PWDs) in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region.
This ambitious endeavor, conceived by the Charismatic Evangelistic Ministry (CEM), encompasses a 2,000-acre integrated community and empowerment center, focusing on skills training, healthcare, and promoting the inclusion of PWDs in society.
Phase One Commences with Ongoing Fundraising:
Work on the first phase, which will occupy 500 acres, has commenced immediately, while the charity behind the project continues to seek funds and equipment necessary to complete the entire undertaking promptly.
Vice President Bawumia’s Support and Acknowledgment:
Vice President Bawumia, an ardent advocate for the rights of PWDs, praised the church’s leadership for their visionary efforts in initiating such a significant project. He commended their previous endeavors, such as organizing the “Day of Help” for persons with disabilities, and emphasized the importance of collective responsibility in supporting individuals with disabilities.
Barriers Faced by Persons with Disabilities:
VP Bawumia acknowledged the multifaceted challenges faced by PWDs, including social exclusion, physical and mental health issues, discrimination, stigmatization, low self-esteem, and financial difficulties.
He noted that these barriers often lead to a higher likelihood of poverty among PWDs compared to those without disabilities. Construction starts for 9,000 homes for PWDs.
Driven by the urgency to address these issues, the CEM Ability Village aims to eliminate prejudices and obstacles hindering the full integration of PWDs in communities.
Government Commitment and Public Involvement:
VP Bawumia highlighted the government’s dedication to addressing these challenges while emphasizing the need for collective action from all stakeholders.
He stressed the importance of leveraging human compassion and resources to uplift individuals with disabilities and urged individuals, corporations, associations, religious organizations, and development partners to generously support the CEM Ability Village.
The VP pledged his personal commitment and the government’s support to ensure the project’s success.
Support from Ministry and Local Community:
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon Lariba Zuweira Abudu, expressed gratitude to the local chiefs for providing a vast tract of land for the project. She assured the ministry’s full support in expediting the completion of the CEM Ability Village.
Comprehensive Facilities and Services at CEM Ability Village:
The CEM Ability Village aims to be an inclusive and empowerment center, providing various services to address the challenges faced by PWDs. The village will feature:
Construction starts for 9,000 homes for PWDs.
a. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs and other skills training to enhance employment opportunities for PWDs.
b. An advanced hospital catering to the specific needs of PWDs, offering restorative surgeries, aids and appliances, training, and serving as a research facility.
c. A Technology Centre focusing on software development and hardware assembly and repair.
d. Advocacy, counseling, guidance, and information services for PWDs nationwide.
e. Assisted living facilities and affordable housing support.
f. Support for PWDs in agricultural and business ventures through collaborations with development partners and corporate organizations.