The Tema Metropolitan Assembly has assisted 62 persons living with disabilities, PWDs, in the Metropolis, in its quest to position them economically to be self-reliant.
The beneficiaries are mobile phone repairers, fridge mechanics, seamstresses and tailors, beads makers and provision sellers.
The assistance which amounts to One Hundred and 19 thousand, 7 hundred and 85 Cedis came in the form of supply of implements and groceries aims to establish the beneficiaries and boost those already in the petty trading business to be able to provide for themselves instead of soliciting for arms to earn living.
Out of the above amount, 7 thousand, 778 Cedis will cater for the medical care of some of them, 4 thousand 178 will support others’ educational expenditure and 107 thousand 500 Cedis to support businesses of the rest.
The equipments included laptop computers, mobile phone repairs tools, both industrial and hand sewing machine, stabilisers, deep freezers as well as soft drinks, plastic products and clothes.
The Tema Mayor, Felix Mensah Nii Annan-La presenting the equipments said, the intervention was carefully chosen to empower them to be self-sustained and contribute to national development.
“This year’s presentation has taken a different approach. The decision this time around is that, instead of giving cash to our brothers and sister, we have rather decided to invest in implements and work tools to enable to expand their capacity in their chosen business ventures” he emphasised.
He disclosed that ten groceries container shops requested by some of the beneficiaries are being fabricated and will be stocked with groceries and soon presented to them.
Earlier in May this year, an amount of 51 thousand, 409 Cedis was disbursed to support businesses, educational expenses and medical bills of 51 PWDs.
Tema Metro Chairman of the physically challenged, Peter Agbogedenu thanking TMA for the support said the working tools will by large help them since a lot of beneficiaries squandered monies distributed to them in the past.
Mr. Agbogedenu sought the opportunity to solicit help from individuals and groups to expend hands to persons living with disabilities as disability is not inability.
Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Edward Sebbie