Haskey-Projekt Ghana gives support to children and young adults with intellectual disabilities and their families. We aim to contribute to a ghanaian society where these people are no longer excluded but able to live a dignified life. In Kumasi, the second largest town in Ghana with over 2 mio. people, a day-care centre was inaugrated in november 2013 where we are taking care of a growing group of children and young adults with special needs.
Children and young people with intellectual disabilities in Ghana are mostly discriminated and marginalised in the society. Many parents of such children feel ashamed — it is a widespread belief in most of the Ghanaian communities that disability is caused by evil spirits or it is seen as a punishment from God. The social stigma is often extended to the whole family and that is why some of these children are being hidden or even abandoned by their families. Very few of them have the opportunity to live a descent life with the necessary support and education.
Haskey-Project aims to establish a close collaboration with the concerned families to support and encourage the parents to assume their responsibility towards their disabled child - often against negative reactions from others around them. With our support the children can stay with their families. We give help in any situation and with our day care program many of the single mothers find the relief to take up a job and take care of their family.
Our current location is meant to be a temporary solution until we are able to raise the necessary funds to build the planned centre on our own property.This centre will host the day care and apart from that a workshop is sheduled for young adults where they can be trained in different handcrafts according to their abilities. Moreover Haskey wants to be a contact point and also work ambulant with concerned families - especially with small children - to counsel, canalize help and make sure the support starts as early as possible.
The organization was founded by Musah Abubakar, a ghanaian and special needs educator who is based in Germany. Management and work abroad is also done by locas - with financial and professional support from Germany.