Monday, July 13, 2015

Who we are and why we are here.

How can purpose, fulfilment, and satisfaction in life be found? How can something of lasting significance be achieved? So many people have never stopped to consider these important questions. Since the dawn of time, man has questioned life. Why are we here? Who are we? They look back years later and wonder why they feel so empty, even though they may have achieved what they set out to accomplish.

We are the YUMBA TEAM.
We work in partnership with the Yumba Special School. A wonderful school with amazing kids who possess different talents and abilities. Yumba Special School enrol children with intellectual disability, which are children who are not able to develop and learn as quickly as others.
Nevertheless, despite their situation, they are endowed with so many talents and have the ability and capacity to do many things that the mind of man can never quantify. It will amaze you when you behold the handy works of these kids. These are some of their products.

This is what we do;
We organize sensitizations in communities and radio appearances to raise awareness of peole living with intellectual disabilities.
We have partnered with the Resource Centre for People with Disability (RCPWD) to organize a workshop for teachers within Tamale to learn about intellectual disability and how to supporting young people with intellectual disabilities.
We support YUMBA Special School in building capacity through training and Resource development.
There are more impactful people in the world who in the early age of their lives were struggling with intellectual disability yet in spite of their condition were able to make it in live. Example of such people is:

Jawal, a pupil at Yumba School, was diagnosed with an intellectual disability when he was six months old. Yumba supported Jawal to start competing in various track running events.
He took part in a Special Olympics Ghana competition in Kumasi and won the 400m.
He is now going to travel to America to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics.                                                                         

This is why we go to the radio station creating awareness of intellectual disability.
This is why we organize sensitization in communities.
This is why we partner with Resource Centre for People with Disability to organize workshop for teachers.

 So that people will understand that;
  • It is not their fault that they are living with intellectual disability.
  • Children living with intellectual disability have so much to offer in live.
  • They also have dreams, goals and ambitions like any other person.
  • Disability is not inability.
To break the misconception that people living with intellectual disability are;
  • Cursed
  • Unproductive
  • Financial burden
To speak to the conscience of people to stop;
  • Stigmatizing people with intellectual disability.
  • Discriminating against them,
  • Maltreating them.

 Parents, Teachers and all Caregivers should know that;

A child is like a butterfly in the wind

Some can fly higher than others,
But each one flies the best it can.
Why compare one against the other?
Each one is different.
Each one is special.

Each one is beautiful.

It is our passion to make life worth living for people with intellectual disability and to change the worldview of the public about disability. It is our burning desire to see the rights for those living with any disability are being enforced in all aspect of life. To make an impact in someone’s life can be worth lasting.
We are fulfilled and satisfied when people understand and accept people living with disability into their society.

"We are not here merely to make a living. We are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. We are here to enrich the world, and we impoverish ourselves if we forget the errand."                                                       Woodrow Wilson.

Disability Is Not Inability.
            The Only Disability In Life Is Negative Attitude.
           The Worse Disability Is The Inability To See Ability.
If we change the way we look at things, the things we look at begins to change.

                                                                               BY ICV:  Mathias A. Akuoko

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