More than forty (40) persons living with disability have received support at Akyempim in the Wassa East District of the Western Region to lessen their dependency on family members.
They received items such as Chest Freezers, Cassava, Pepper and Tomatoes Grinding Machines, Oven and accessories as well as a sewing machine.
They were also given spraying machines and chemicals, wheelchairs and start-up capital among others.
Presenting the items at a short ceremony, Mr Emmanuel Boakye, Wassa East District Chief Executive (DCE) noted that people living with disability (PWDs) were persons that can be found among the populace.
He stressed that PWDs need the support and encouragement of society in order to live a meaningful life and added that with the needed assistance they can contribute their quota to the development of the Nation.
He appealed to the gathering not to do things that will discourage them from fighting beyond their predicaments.
The DCE further said the government through the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) will continue to offer support for people with disability to enhance their living conditions.
Touching on the items, the Head of Community Development and Social Welfare, Ms. Emma Nordzro said every item provided was done upon request from the beneficiaries and stressed that the Assembly’s job was to assess and approve the needs of the beneficiaries.
She encouraged those who did not benefit from the initial distribution not to read any meanings into it and wait for their turn at the next distribution.
Speaker after speaker charged beneficiaries not to sell or misuse items received but rather to turn them around to improve their economic situation.
Speaking to the media Mr Seth Larbi, a beneficiary, thanked the Assembly for the support and said he will invest his start-up capital in the business of selling herbal medicines approved by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).