The Department of social welfare has commended the Simon Agbotsu Foundation for the Young Disabled (SAFFTYD) for their efforts to rehabilitate and train young persons with disabilities.
The SAFFTYD is a charity organisation poised to change the negative perception on disability in Ghana and empower young persons with disabilities who find themselves begging on the street to do something more meaningful
Mr Joseph Attigah, Deputy Director at the Department of social welfare told the Ghana News Agency that the department was happy that SAFFTYD was making efforts to help persons with disabilities in Ghana become self reliant and increase their quality of life.
He said Non-Governmental organisations were expected to do their bit to enhance the lives of the vulnerable in society and called for more collaboration between the department and SAFFTYD to enhance the lives of the vulnerable especially persons with disabilities.
Mr Felix Agbotsu, Founder of SAFFTYD, had an accident just two months into his serving in the British Army which got him paralysed from the neck down and now a wheelchair user.
He said “once in a while, I get depressed, knowing that at one point as was able and now disabled.”
Felix Agbotsu’s foundation, SAFFTYD organises events in Ghana with the aim of gathering persons with disabilities to socialise, feast and to be empowered by some inspirational people, but most importantly to stand up to the stigmatisation they faced within society.
He said the SAFFTYD was hoping to grow disability sports in Ghana.
The organisation also has plans to start a computer training programme for persons with disabilities.
“We also want to establish a production Centre, where persons with disabilities involved in small to medium business such as soap making, tailoring, various crafts and other come together to produce and market under a strong brand,” he added.