Friday, October 28, 2011


The  v.Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel Dankort Bielefeld Germany, has invited the executives of the Network of Journalists for the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Dsabilities in Africa (PROMOAFRICA) for a study tour to their facility, from 9th to 16th January 2012. 

The Promoafrica delegation which would be in germany for one week will be led by its Presiedent Mr. Amoah Kwaku Addi and the Executive Secretary Mrs.Nyarkoah Amponsah Mariam.

The v.Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel was established in 1867 as a home for children and young people suffering from epilepsy. Pastor Friedrich von Bodelschwingh took over the home’s management and expanded the small institution in Bielefeld into a differentiated and broadly diversified offer of assistance. Bethel is indeed unique in terms of the diversity of its fields of work.

The PROMOAFRICA study tour and institutional learning, which is being sponsored by the National Council on Persons with Disability and Vista Finacial Services based in Dansoman in Accra, is a v.Bodelschwingh Foundations contribution toward PROMOAFRICA,s preparation to advocate for the passage of the Ghana Mental Health Bill from March to July 2012, under the DANIDA Flex Fund mini grant project to the Ghana Federation of the Disabled.

According to the invitation PROMOAFRICAs competencies to handle such a project cannot be over emphasized, as it has track records in similar events with a proven record of advocating for the passage of the National Disability law, Act 715 and the formation of the National Council on Persons with Disability in Ghana.
“We believe this opportunity would assist you, as journalists and lead advocates for persons with disabilities to have the full knowledge and competences to lobby the Parliament of Ghana to pass the Ghana Mental Health Bill into law in order to benefit patience with mental illness in Ghana and Africa”

The Bethel have recently expanded its range of services to include persons with acquired brain damage, therapy programs for persons with autistic disturbances and hospice work. A total of approximately 180,000 persons are treated, supported, trained or counseled each year via Bethel’s range of services.

With a desire is to offer the greatest degree of self-determinant living to persons who rely on our assistance and support and also offer to many disabled persons an optimal environment for living, working and simply living.

It will recalled that Mr. Addi together with the President of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled Mr. Yaw Ofori Debrah, were the guest of the German Central Library when they attained World Braille Congress at Leipzig, from the 27th to 30th September at the Leipzig University, when Mr. Addi delivered a paper on the human rights abused of children born with disabilities in Ghana in Hannover, Bielefeld and Frankfurt.

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