We were outcasts-Rehab Head laments

EdwenaseThe Head of the Edwenase Rehabilitation Center, Mr Modesto Ayiwoli says children under the care of the home were considered as outcasts by several organisations and institutions he visited to source for assistance.

According to him, the home could not rely on government’s monthly stipend alone to feed the increasing numbers at the home.

This, he noted drove him to seek assistance elsewhere to augment what the home was receiving for their upkeep.

But, surprisingly, Mr Ayiwoli said the places he visited came with similar excuses and responses as they turned him down.

According to him, some even accused him of using the physically challenged children as camouflage to seek money to enrich himself.

Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper in Kumasi after taking delivery of Ten desktop computers from telecom giant, MTN-Ghana, Mr Ayiwoli in a tearful eye expressed delight that the company showed faith in the kind of Children at the home.


The Edwenase Rehabilitation Center takes care of children with several physical challenges and disabilities.

Currently, the home takes care of about 90 children with 10 percent of them being those with sight or seeing difficulties.

However, the children are engaged in many artisanal and craft work as they are able to weave cane-baskets and door-mats with others also engaged in the shoe and detergent making ventures.

The home, according to the Head sells these items to rake in revenue to support the upkeep of the inmates.

In a chat with the paper, Mrs Charity Darko, Corporate Services Advisor, MTN-Northern Business District stressed the need for society to give care to those who were physically challenged so as to make their lives count.

This, she noted formed part of the company’s core business values, adding MTN took advantage of the one month volunteer program which they have christened Yellowcare to give back to the Edwenase Home.

The Computers, she indicated would help the teachers to impart knowledge to the inmates.

The company later painted the computer lab and furnished the room to be used by the children.

The children had the rare opportunity to play with staff an and officials of MTN as they sang and played to the admiration of representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and an expatriate who had come.to visit the school.

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