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Two bodies support children with autism

 


– My Sister’s Keeper Foundation, Co-founded by the three daughters of President
Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, has partnered Glam Africa to support Autistic children
at the Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre (AACT) in Accra.

The three sisters;
Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, Valerie Obaze, and Edwina Akufo-Addo, harnessing their
diverse skills and experiences, along with Glam Africa Magazine to host the
‘Glam Africa Ball’ on June 29, to raise a targeted GHc 250,000 to support the
project.

A statement issued
to the GNA by the Foundation, said the highly successful event, raised funds
from various sources, including selling of the dinner tables at the glam event,
auctioning items including outfits from the Nineteen 57 collection by KOD
clothing line, Modella B fashion, paintings from the Autism Awareness Care and
Training Centre, art work from respected Ghanaian artist Kofi Agorsor, as well
as a brand new vehicle courtesy of Svani Motors, which was raffled on the day.

Autism is a highly
variable neuro-developmental disorder, which usually affects children at the
early stages and presents among other things, great communication and emotional
challenges for them.

In Ghana, autism
affects approximately one in every 150 children.

The event brought
together philanthropists and well-wishers from across the globe.

The President, Nana
Akufo-Addo and the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo were also present to support
their children, who are focused on creating an impact-driven organization to
give back to the society and help to build a safer and happier nation.

According to
Gyankroma Akufo-Addo: “It is imperative for Ghanaians to be educated about
Autism Spectrum Disorder in order to stop the stigmatisation that is usually
associated with autism. It is sad that in Ghana, some people attribute autism
to witchcraft, and in the process, ostracize the affected persons instead of
providing an enabling environment for them to be able to gain crucial therapy
which will give them the independence to assimilate into ‘conventional’
society.”

The funds will be
used to improve the lives of the 50 children with ASD being cared for at the
Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre, run by Madam Serwah Quaynor; giving
these children a new breath of life and hope, as well as to raise much needed
awareness for ASD.

My Sister’s Keeper
Foundation seeks to support Ghana’s Change momentum by positively affecting
people throughout Ghana—in their homes, in their communities, and most importantly,
in their lives.

Each year, the
founders will choose a new passion project they aim to support in the ensuing
12 months, for which the privately-funded charity will build and execute a
year-long series of initiatives and events.

The aim, through
careful selection of projects, is to not only advocate for their chosen causes,
but to directly and indirectly, deliver social impact in the communities that
My Sister’s Keeper founders will choose to work in.

 

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