The District Chief Executive of the Kwahu Afram Plains North District Assembly in the Eastern Region, Mr Isaac Ofori Koree, has advised Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) who received support from the District Assemblies not to sell items given to them but rather use it to ensure the well-being of their families.
The DCE made the call when he presented start-up tools and equipment to about 40 PWDs worth GH¢140,000.00 to support and boost themselves in business to enable them work and reduce poverty among them to improve their living standards and socio-economic status.
The items included SEWING MACHINES, FISHING NETS and ACCESSORIES, CASSAVA GRATER, HAIR DRYER and ACCESSORIES, DEEP FREEZERS and STEEL MINI CONTAINERS for SHOPS, among others was aimed at equipping them to earn better living despite their challenges.
Speaking to the Kwahu Afram Plains North Social Welfare Director, Mr. Vicent Kofi Appiah, said the items were to address specific needs of the beneficiaries and were presented according to what the beneficiaries requested.
He explained, the items were procured from the District’s share of the Disability Fund and said the Department of Social Welfare would conduct regular monitoring to ensure that the beneficiaries used the items for the purposes for which they were granted.
In this regard, the DCE advised the beneficiaries not to sell the items, but to use them to enhance their businesses and living standard.
On their Part, the Kwahu Afram Plains North PWDs beneficiaries after receiving the items commended and thanked the government for ensuring the well-being of PWDs in the society and to contribute their quota to the national development.
They assured to take proper care of the items and invest them into productive ventures to help uplift their standards of living and welfare, describing it as a step which will create an enabling and inclusive society for the disabled.