03/12/2019 by Prince Osei Akowuah 1 Comment
REACT @ 3: A MESSAGE OF THANKS AND A PLEA FOR CHANGE OF MINDSET
On this day 3rd December 2016 REACT Humanitarian Network was born with the primary
focus to help “Turn Disability into Ability Through Education.”
Our mandate which emanated from our core values signifies our approach to enhance the quality
of life of disabled children surviving in some of the toughest of environments. Over the past 3 years
we have strived to;
- R-elieve disabled children of stigma
- E-ducate them in the process
- A-dvanced their well-being
- C-ater for their specific needs, and ultimately helped:
- T-urn disability into ability through education.
shown unfettered kindness and love not just to our vision but vitally to the most vulnerable children
we support. On this day of our birth which also coincides with the UN special day for person with
disabilities, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to you all especially, SAGEPublishing Limited, Usborne Books UK, INGRAM Micro UK, OFIE-direct Door-to-door
UK shipping, Steve Designs and production Ghana and Big Yellow Self Storage
Oxford. You really have made an invaluable difference to our cause. We therefore hope over the next
chapter of our journey into the known that we will continue to foster a formidable partnershipas we pursue a common goal.
To all the children we support we also want to use this special day to renew our commitment to you and
assure you of our unfettered support. We do acknowledge that in your world “dreams are universal but
opportunity is not” and therefore we will continue to work hard over the years ahead to make available
opportunities which will help you realise your dreams and fulfil your full potential. Consequently,we believe the effort will also provide a safety net against your vulnerabilities to possible social shocks.
Birthdays are celebrated in most circumstances with well wishes from families, loved ones and presents
of all kinds intended to encourage one to age with “grace and strength” to face the challenges of theensuing years. However on this occasion, although REACT still encourages the usual traditional expressions
of love, we would like to make a plea for change of mindset with the way societies make provisions for children
with disabilities worldwide particularly in less developed world like Ghana.Disability is not a crime and so disabled children should not be subjected to such inhumane treatment which often
ridiculed them, make them hopeless, worthless and considered as social outcast.
It’s REACT’s plea that all our supporters and yet to be sympathisers joins hands with us to advocate for Ghana to
make education easily accessible to all disabled children regardless of geographical location, gender, race, ethnicity
or disability type. The challenges of the disabled child in Ghana are huge and REACT is not claiming to resolve them
all. However we believe education is the best legacy Ghana can bequeath her disabled children as “it will act as a lasting
enabler” in whatever circumstances. REACT will continue to compliment government efforts at ensuring free quality
education for all children in Ghana especially the disabled.
Let’s all become tolerant citizen Journalists as we make good use of technology to advocate for the educational
wellbeing of disabled children. After all, It is society that needs to adapt to accommodate theeducational needs of disabled children and not vice versa. We should also understand that today’s negligence
will be tomorrow’s tough nuts to crack.
Please remember that we are all stakeholder in this journey as the consequences of inaction towards
efforts aimed at universal social inclusion for all, affect us in diverse ways regardless.
Long live REACT, the vision and passion.
Prince Osei Akowuah
Founder & Director
www.rhncharity.org Tel.(+44) 1235244801