The Tamale Rehabilitation Centre, under the auspices of the Department of Social Welfare has called on government and benevolent organizations to come to its aid. Established in July 1962, the center’s goal was to give vocational training to disabled persons in the northern region. Currently it has 25 trainees.
It made the call during a visit to the centre by the deputy head of mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Hajia Hawawu Boya Gariba, to donate some items to the school. She presented five bags of rice, one gallon of oil, detergents, one box of key soap and 300 Ghana cedis cash to the center.
The presentation, Hajiah Boya said, is to show love, care and support to the disabled in society and to draw the attention of the public and government to the existence of the institution since it is a government institution.
Speaking to the media, the director of the centre, Mr. Inusah Atchulo, pointed out that over the years the institution has trained a good number of individuals who are employed and self-employed.
Government, he said, has been supportive but with time, assistance waned. But the intervention of the late Rev. Father Martin Barnabas, who took over by providing the school with some basic needs, helped it to get by.
However, with the untimely death of Father Barnabas, progress at institution came to a halt. Mr. Atchulo mentioned the lack of finance, tools and equipment and feeding of the students as some of the challenges thwarting the progress of the school.
He added that those students from far off places could not report due to financial constraints. The school accommodates people from the Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions. The school, Mr Atchulo said, has been on vacation for seven months due in large measure to the lack of resources to cater for the students.
By Lilian D. Walter/zaaradio.com