Since its independence from Britain in 1957, Ghana has not suffered civil conflict like many of its West African neighbors. Its school system is one of the best in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet the country is also impacted by corruption and mismanagement of public resources which undermine development. Physical disability is an issue that is all too often overlooked in Ghana and around the world. Persons with disabilities are forced to live on the margins of society, often without a voice in their community’s decision making and discouraged from taking advantage of the limited opportunities that are presented to them.
World Vision, an international NGO, started working in Ghana in 1979. It currently implements 34 Area Development Programs (ADPs) in Ghana, which directly benefit about two million people through health and nutrition, education, food, security, water and sanitation, gender and development, micro-enterprise development and Christian Commitments programs.
In collaboration with Messiah College Collaboratory, World Vision uses improved access to potable water and personal hygiene as an entry point to greater work within local communities in Ghana, Mali, Niger, and soon Sierra Leone. The organizations apply inclusive development strategies to bring hope and support to everyone – especially women, children, and persons with disabilities – in the communities with which they engage. Messiah College Collaboratory designs and implements new technologies and best practices that support the inclusion of all peoples, regardless of ability, in the decision making and operation of local communities. The Collaboratory AWDS (Africa WASH & Disabilities Study) works specifically to create and modify existing water pumps and latrines to be more accessible and hygienic to persons with disabilities.Information taken from World Vision, Ghana