Care & Concern Action Group

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Profile of Mr. Emmanuel J. Bansah Founder of Care and Concern Action Group

A  Disability Focused Organization in the Volta Region of Ghana.


I am Mr. Emmanuel J. Bansah.  I was born on 10th day of October 1956 in a small village called Sokode Gbogame in the Volta Region of Ghana.

As a differently abled bodied person, I went through my formal education the hard way.

Sometimes my classmates and parents have to carry me on their shoulders to and from school.

During my secondary school days at the boarding school I experienced a lot of discrimination from my peers and even some of the teachers because of my disability.

After my sixth Form education, I went into teaching and later as an accounts officer with the Ghana Education Service.

My qualifications are General Certificate of Education Advanced Level; Royal Society of Arts Advanced Level; British Society of Commerce Intermediate.

I am married with six children aged 17, 16, 11, 9 and twins of 6 years.

In 1993, I started to mobilize all people with disabilities in the Volta region of Ghana, which led to the formation of Care and Concern Action Group.

Due to the cash-strapped problems that the organization faces from its early stages, the organization became operational in 1997, September.

The Care and Concern Action Group is the largest disability movement in the Volta region of Ghana and can boast 1200 members.

It is a cross disability group serving persons with disability.


 

Information on Care and Concern Action Group
Disability focused organization in the Volta region of Ghana

NAME OF ORGANISATION        Care and Concern Action Group
                        (CCAG)

ADDRESS                    P.O.  Box MA107, Ho, V/R, Ghana

TELEPHNE/MOBILE            024-4595582 / 020-8196396

E-MAIL                    ccag401@yahoo.com

CONTACT PERSON            Emmanuel J. Bansah 
                        Executive Director
BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER        Barclays Bank Ltd, Ho Branch
                        1084661

TYPE OF ORGANISATION        NGO

STATUS OF ORGANISATION        Registered No G798/DSW 1313

AIM OF ORGANISATION    The overall aim of  CCAG is the empowerment of people with disabilities to promote their inclusion in society at all levels as citizens with equal rights and access to services to reduce poverty levels and mobilizing their potential for the benefit of the nation as a whole.
PERSONNEL CAPACITY    Manager, physiotherapist, counsellor, administrator, secretary, 2 VSO volunteers from the Netherlands
    (management advisor/social worker). A volunteer also from Scotland.

FINANCIAL CAPACITY    Depend on donations
Affiliated or supporting
Oagnaisations
(Name and contact)    Germany
        Norddeutsche Mission
    Wolfgang Blum
    w.blum@nordeutschemission.de

    Africa Action / Deutschland
    Klaus John
    klausjohn@gmx.net

   

    Deutsches Blindenhilfswerk
    Heribert Tigges
    tigges@blindenhilfswerk.de

    The Netherlands
    Vraag en Aanbod International
    T.P. Groeneveld
    vranbint@hetnet.nl

    Stichting Gered Gereedschap
    Eva Nylander
    project@geredgereedschap.nl


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The care and Concern Action Group (CCAG) is an organization of people with different types of disabilities (cross-disability) in the Volta region of Ghana, working towards the achievement of independent living, cross-cultural understanding, disability rights, access, social integration, employment, HIV/AIDS, sensitization, health, micro-credit for disabled women, sports development and education of the disabled child.

The group was formed by Emmanuel Bansah, who is also a physically challenged person, in September 1993, but became operational in September 1997 due to cash strapped problems.

The CCAG can boast of its membership of 1,200 members in the Volta Region and the eastern Region of Ghana.

MISSION GOAL

The CCAG group exists to promote the participation and empowerment of people with disabilities.

The main goal of CCAG is the empowerment of people with disabilities to promote their inclusion in society at all levels as citizens with equal rights and access to services, to reduce poverty levels, and mobilize their potential for the benefit of the nation as a whole.

SHORT TERM GOALS

 To serve as a strong and effective voice of people with disabilities.
 To educate the leadership to uphold the rights of people with disabilities.
 To provide leadership training to members.
 To gain recognition for the organization both at home and abroad.
 To participate in local and foreign forums that discuss the needs and aspirations of people with disabilities.
 To co-operate with other organizations whose objectives are complementary to those of CCAG.
 To re-habilitate and educate persons with disabilities.
 To provide information about disabled people in society.
 To support every step towards rehabilitation for all disabled people in Ghana.

LONG TERM GOALS

 To function as the co-coordinating body between people with disabilities, the State and other non-governmental organizations working for the cause of people with disabilities.
 To obtain a particular job allocation covering the public and private sector organizations for people with disabilities.
 To gain Government recognition of the value and skills of people with disabilities.
 To ensure for people with disabilities equal status as free citizens in their country.
 To guarantee for people with disabilities equal opportunities and access (physical and legal) in the fields of education and employment.
 To win for commuters with disability a concession on the use of the public transport system.

OBJECTIVES

 Mobilize all types of people with disabilities.
 Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
 Raise awareness on the capacities and capabilities of people with disabilities and for attitudinal change towards people with disabilities.
 Empower all types of people with disabilities through education and job placement.
 Provide welfare services, mobility gadgets, provision of orthotics and prostheses.
 Resettlement support, adaptation, aid and counseling.
 Eye care and optical services.
 Network with sister organizations, nationally and internationally.




MOTTO

ALONE WE ARE POWERLESS. TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.


FUTURE PROJECTS

The CCAG is in the process of implementing some of its projects for the next years to come.  The organization is at the threshold of moving from donor dependency to self-reliance and therefore needs sponsorship from donor agencies, philanthropists, NGOs and other institutions that have the disabled at heart and wish to see them to be on their own.

Projects that CCAG intends to implement for the next years to come include:
 Construction of accessible guest house for people with disabilities.
 Eye care programme and construction of an optical clinic.
 Accessible toilet - project for people with disability.
 Skills acquisition and training programme (income generating activities)  Mushroom cultivating; snail rearing; grass cutter rearing; goat and rabbit rearing; batik; tie and dye.
 Establishment of a vocational school for unemployed youth and people with disabilities.
 Computer training programme for youth.

CURRENT PROGRAMMES BEING UNDERTAKEN BY CCAG

Aid and counseling centre for parents and children with disabilities (ACCD Project)

ACCD is the aid and counselling centre for parents and children with disabilities. Parents who have children with disabilities more often than not feel disappointed and become ashamed of the existence of such children in their families and thus usually neglect these children as a curse or an abomination in the family.  The ACCD came into existence in April 2002 in the municipality of HO in the Volta Region and supported financially by Africa Action/Deutschland.

This project actually caters for all types of disabilities.  Children with various degrees of disabilities are found in the communities.  The ACCD project has been giving education to parents and relatives of children with disabilities. Some of the parents were assisted financially to acquire income generating jobs and some were also assisted to settle medical bills for school fees.

Through this awareness creation programme, many parents of children with disabilities are now sending their disabled children to school and enrolling them in different types of apprenticeship

HIV/AIDS Sensitization Programme

HIV/AIDS affects everyone.  Disabled people are often perceived as asexual without an active sex life and therefore not affected by HIV/AIDS.  Yet the opposite is true.

Many people with disabilities have sexual desires and are sexually active.  Some people are also sexually abused.  Ignorance can place disabled people at high risk.  There is the need for more funding to educate people with disabilities on HIV/AIDS programmes.

Peer Groups / Self Help Groups

One of the goals of CCAG is to improve the development of self-understanding and to empower the disabled persons.  CCAG provides support services to its members through counseling and formation of peer groups.

This idea is an initiative from Anna Huisman a Dutch volunteer who has worked with CCAG.

There are different peer groups from the blind, the deaf, women with physical disability, physically challenged children, parents of physically challenged children.

Anna started this programme with the visually impaired and the deaf.

The aim of the formation of these groups is to meet other people in the same circumstances and to talk about self-determination, life, future self-improvement, traveling, recreation, wishes, possibilities and to have fun.

Eye Care Programme

CCAG has also started on the eye care project about two years ago in order to be self-sustaining.

The eye care programme is a means of generating income for the group and also to help the rural folk through the provision of spectacles and eye screening.

The eye care team moves three times in a week to remote villages of the Volta Region to identify people with eye diseases and give them needed treatment.  Those who have been identified and need spectacles, are provided at a reasonable price.

Cases of an eye disease that cannot be treated at the CCAG optical centre are being referred to the Volta regional Hospital for diagnosis and treatment.

The implementation of the eye care programme is very expensive considering the bad nature of our roads and the vehicles we are using for the outreach programmes are old and need regular maintenance with its attendant fuel consumption.

As at now we need spectacles, eye screening and testing equipment and other optical needs for effective work.

Provision of a 4x4 pick up vehicle that can travel to all places is also one of our greatest needs.



Mr Emmanuel J.Bansah
Executive Director
Care and Concern Action Group

25th October 2006.
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 I will send you cash, cheques or money order monthly/yearly.
 I will become a Friend of CCAG and pay (please insert amount)every month/year into your account.
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We need the support of all people around the globe to uplift the image of we people with disabilities and to link us with other institutions, donor agencies and philanthropists.

A self-help group operated by disabled persons to the support of people with disabilities

Alone we are powerless. Together we can change the world.


Within ten(10) years that the organization is in operation, it has been able to create Awareness on issues pertaining to Disability in the Thirteen (13) Districts of the Volta Region in Churches, Communities, Market places, Schools, Mosques and other public places to bring the message on disability to the doorstep of the masses.


Profile of Mr. Emmanuel J. Bansah Founder of Care and Concern Action Group Disability Focused Organization in the Volta Region of Ghana.

I am Mr. Emmanuel J. Bansah.  I was born on 10th day of October 1956 in a small village called Sokode Gbogame in the Volta Region of Ghana.

As a differently abled bodied person, I went through my formal education the hard way.

Sometimes my classmates and parents have to carry me on their shoulders to and from school.

During my secondary school days at the boarding school I experienced a lot of discrimination from my peers and even some of the teachers because of my disability.

After my sixth Form education, I went into teaching and later as an accounts officer with the Ghana Education Service.

My qualifications are General Certificate of Education Advanced Level; Royal Society of Arts Advanced Level; British Society of Commerce Intermediate.

I am married with six children aged 17, 16, 11, 9 and twins of 6 years.

In 1993, I started to mobilize all people with disabilities in the Volta region of Ghana, which led to the formation of Care and Concern Action Group.

Due to the cash-strapped problems that the organization faces from its early stages, the organization became operational in 1997, September.