By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Most Def Foundation, a group dedicated to the deaf was on Wednesday launched at the Antique Lemonade Art Space in Accra.
Founded by Franka-Maria Andoh, author and CEO of Josie’s Cuppa Cappuccino in Accra, Most Def Foundation is aimed at using education as a tool to ensure a change in the lives of the hearing-impaired.
In a brief speech, Andoh stated that yearly summer camps and short courses that will be organized are geared towards exposing deaf students to a range of skills while building on their faith, confidence and self-esteem.
“This laudable idea has been on my heart for sometime now, indeed I was sparked into action earlier in the year after listening to a talk by Shaka Senghor, an American ex-convict, whose writings have touched the hearts of many people around the globe”, she added.
“He was invited by Oprah Winfrey to speak to her audience and one of the things he said that struck me was how society wastes people. This gentleman, by re-inventing himself is now a bestselling author and a fellow in one of the top universities in the United States”, she continued.
She revealed that she was deeply moved by how different his life could have gone and it made her think seriously about hearing-impaired children in Ghana and how many of them would and could fall by the side if we don’t intervene and hold their hands towards a better future.
The Foundation’s hospitality project, which will be based at the Gracias Lodge in Cape Coast, is set to provide on-site training as well as future income generating and employment skills for the children.
It equally aims at partnering corporations and organizations to push for the inclusion of the deaf community in the work force and the arts sector in Ghana.
Most Def Foundation has executive and programmes committees, whose main objective is to roll out the its summer school sessions for deaf students as well as short courses for those who have completed some form of formal education.
The Principal of Cape Deaf and Blind School in Cape Coast, Abraham Yemoson and his assistant Regina Essilfie, who were guests of honour, lamented on the lack of opportunities for further education for deaf students and pledged the support of their institution.
Rosalin Abigail Kyere Nartey, president of the executive committee pledged that Most Def Foundation will make a difference in the lives of the deaf community in Ghana.
Pictures – Marie Ipaud