25TH FEBRUARY 2013 –
VOICE GHANA IMPLEMENTS A 2-YEAR HEALTH
PROJECT WITH 3
has partnered the
Royals Health Organization (ROHEO) at Jasikan, Global
Action for Women Empowerment (GLOWA) at Ho and Progressive
Youth Alliance (PYA) at Jasikan to
implement a two year
project titled: “Mobilizing grassroots level participation for effective implementation
of the Patient Charter for persons with disabilities and
Rural Women” in the Jasikan, Kadjebi, Krachi East,
Nkwanta North and Nkwanta South Districts, all in the
Volta Region of Ghana. The project, which commenced in
February 2013, is funded by STAR Ghana - Strengthening
Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana (www.star-ghana.org)
and its donor partners: DFID, EU, DANIDA and USAID.
Continue by reading a succinct synopsis of the project.
JANUARY 2013 - VOICE GHANA
APPRECIATES THE KIND GESTURE OF JOHN MOLLER FOUNDATION,
and Management of VOICE GHANA would like to express their
profound gratitude and thanks to the Board and Management
of John Moller Foundation, in Denmark for sponsoring the
purchase of this car for our field and official errands.
investment will indeed enable us to touch the lives of
thousands of people with disabilities in villages and
remote communities of Ghana including children.
would be most grateful, if other like-minded organisations
can emulate the good work of this Foundation and support
our work in kind or cash so that together we can promote
the rights and needs of persons with disabilities at the
grassroots level in Ghana.
2013 - TRIBUTE FROM VOICE GHANA
IN THE MEMORY OF THE LATE JOHN RASMUS SLOTH MOLLER
The passing of John is an incalculable loss to VOICE GHANA,
the disability movement, and to his many admirers and
friends in Ghana. Indeed we have lost one of the great
trailblazers of the faith, who at the time of his death was
justly considered one of the eminent disability politicians
John joined VOICE GHANA in September 2005
and was elected as a Board member in the same year. He was
one of the pillars behind the growth of the organization.
He helped to build a solid foundation for VOICE
GHANA, for a promising future. He has also contributed
immensely in cash and kind to the development of the
It is hard to find suitable words to
pay a tribute to this truly remarkable man.
indeed lost a visionary leader, a father, a counselor who
was full of vigor and ideas, and a friend to everybody.
A life well lived and a job well done. John, we will
forever miss you.
May Your Soul Rest in Perfect
By Board and Management
VOICE GHANA MARKS
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISABLED WITH PEACE WALK
VOICE GHANA joined hundreds of people with disabilities to stage
a peace walk on the principal streets of Agortime-Kpetoe to mark
the International Day of the Disabled on 3rd December 2012 to
drum home the need for peace during and after the Ghana’s
Elections on 7th December 2012.
We used the opportunity to appeal to the Electoral Commission to
ensure reasonable means of access to polling stations for
eligible voters especially persons with disabilities.
also called on all political parties to appeal to their
supporters to put Mother Ghana first and refrain from any act
that has the tendency of undermining the peace we are enjoying
This is because when there is war, it is we, persons with
disabilities who will suffer most. Download the full text of our
Press Release at the event, below
can also read the full story from the Ghana News Agency and
Ghana Decides links here:
- Leticia with
her new limb, a Christmas present happily sponsored by
MEND NZ 's supporters ! Being able to walk well now is a
nice Christmas present. Currently she is under training at
the Orthopedic Training Center Nsawam, Accra, Ghana
Accra, October. 04,
Ghana News Agency -
The Government of Ghana was on Wednesday urged to
establish an Architectural and Transportation Barriers
Compliance Board that would ensure strict adherence to
sections in the Person with Disability Act 2006 (Act 715).
Read the full story from here:
Expression of Interest for
Short-term Consultancy by a Ghanaian Human Resource/
Change Management Expert
VOICE GHANA is
advertising a short-term consultancy support for a
Ghanaian Human Resource/ Change Management Expert. If you
are interested to apply then download the
ToR for the assignment and submit an Expressions of
Interest (EoI) to:
latest by 5th October 2012.
26th September 2012:
VOICE GHANA LAUNCHED “DISABLED
CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL” CAMPAIGN
VOICE GHANA held a press conference on Tuesday, 25th
September 2012 at Hotel Stevens, Ho to launch a campaign
dubbed “Disabled Children for School”. The campaign is
targeted at parents/guardians/care-givers of children with
disabilities in the Ho Municipality to send their disabled
children of school going age (who are currently not in
school) to school in line with Section 16(1) of the
Persons with Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715).
downloading the full Press Statement.
19th September, 2012:
Thanks to a project made possible by the STAR-Ghana
program, 72 school buildings in Ghana’s Volta Region will
soon have wheelchair ramps, allowing children with
disabilities to reach their classrooms more easily.
Follow this link to read the full story on the Coffey
24th August, 2012
VOICE GHANA PRESENTS POSITION PAPER TO POLITICAL PARTIES
ON THE NEEDS OF THE DISABLED
VOICE GHANA presented a Position Paper to Political
Parties and Aspiring Parliamentarians contesting the 2012
general elections in the Agotime-Ziofe and Adaklu
Constituencies on issues of concern that persons with
disabilities would like Aspiring Parliamentarians to
include in their development plans and implement for them
Read the full Position Paper….
Photo: VOICE GHANA discussing issues in
the Position Paper with the NDC Constituency Executives of
Agortime-Ziofe Constituency at Kpetoe.
16th August 2012:
STAR Ghana – Strengthening
Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana (
www.star-ghana.org ) on behalf of its donor partners
(DFID, EU, DANIDA, and USAID) is supporting VOICE GHANA to
implement a 3-year Sustainability Step Change Plan.
STAR Ghana’s CSO sustainability strategy seeks
1. Develop influential CSOs that can
bring about meaningful change and improvement in citizens’
2. Engender organisational sustainability
strategies which demonstrate they can develop and
implement effective long term business strategies with
accountable leadership, high quality staff, sound
management systems, transparent systems for decision
making and implementation;
3. Move organisations to
higher levels of performance and gain increasing
independence from donors by diversifying funding sources
including INGOs, the private sector, the public sector and
others, as well as generating their own funds.
VOICE GHANA seeks to achieve the
following at the end of the project:
1. Have a strong
performance management system in place.
proficiency level of Board members in governance,
strategic planning and decision making.
effective performance and capacity of staff to impact on
efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.
Have proper administrative systems, practices and
procedures in place.
5. Develop and practice a 5-Year
Strategic Plan, Communication Strategy, Marketing Plan and
6. Increase financial management and
planning skills of management to expand our funding base
to continue functioning as a robust and independent CSO
for persons with disabilties at the grassroots level in
10TH JULY 2012:
VOICE GHANA HELD BREAKFAST MEETING WITH THE
MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE
VOICE GHANA held a breakfast meeting at Chance Hotel, Ho
with the Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Isaac
Kotobisah and the Presiding Member, Hon. Mathew M. Atsrim.
Also in attendance were key members of the Management
Committee for the 2% District Assembly Common Fund for
persons with disabilities in the Ho Municipality.
was to discuss possible ways to waive payment of PTA dues
and other levies for children with disabilities at the
basic school level in the Municipality in line with
Section 18(1) of the Persons with Disability Act, 2006.
Hon. Isaac Kotobisah agreed to pass a bye law to that
2012 - VOICE GHANA HELD 10TH ANNUAL
People with Disability –VOICE GHANA, held another successful AGM
on 13th May 2012 at Kekeli Hotel, Ho the Volta Region, Ghana. In
all, 126 members attended the AGM.
to view photos of the AGM.
decisions were taken:
1. Amendment of Constitution
The new Constitution focuses more on membership of Self-Help
Group (SHG) and Affiliate Groups of Disabled People Organisations
(DPOs) who are ready to join VOICE GHANA. By accepting the new
constitution, all future Annual General Meetings will be made of
only the representatives of SHGs from all over the region and
beyond. The amendment also included Non-Discrimination and
Continue by downloading the full Constitution.
2. Approval of Annual Report and Audited Account 2011
The Annual Report and Audited Account 2011 were also approved by
the AGM. Note: The reports will be published on the website soon.
3. Election of New Executive Board
new Executive Board members comprising four (4) male and two (2)
female were elected by the AGM to provide governance to the
organization for the next four (4) years. This includes three (3)
former Board members. The Board held their first meeting after the
AGM to elect their leaders and also co-opt two (2) male and one
(1) female into the Board in fulfillment of the Constitution.
Click here to view photos of the New Executive Board.
February 2012 - VOICE GHANA Commends
VOICE GHANA is grateful to the Procurement &
Consultancy – PPMC (Consultant of GETFund
schools projects in some parts
of the Volta Region of Ghana)
for performing their statutory
responsibilities by holding
their contractors in check to add on access
ramps to their new
schools structures in the Ho Municipality for persons
Continue by downloading the full Press Release
- VOICE GHANA AND ELECTION 2012
signed a US$36,280.75 contract with STAR-GHANA (www.star-ghana.org)
on 23rd January, 2012 to carry out advocacy to ensure manifestos
and development plans for all Aspiring Parliamentarians in the Ho
East Constituency take cognizance of issues for persons with
disabilities, particularly women, children and the youth for
whoever gets elected to address.
VOICE GHANA will also
promote disability friendly voter registration centres and polling
stations in the Ho East Constituency so that more eligible people
with disabilities can partake in the 2012 general election. The
project will also facilitate the process for Electoral Commission
Offices at Ho and Kpetoe to involve some persons with disabilities
as their Polling Assistants for the elections in December, 2012.
18 January 2012
- VOICE GHANA GETS FURTHER VOLUNTEER SUPPORT
Gerry McGeoch, a former volunteer is
providing a further short term volunteer support to VOICE
GHANA from 24th January to 6th February 2012. Gerry’s main
task will be to support the staff and Board to:
Review our 3-Year Sustainability Step Change Plan, which
we are currently developing for funding consideration by
2. Review our M&E Framework being developed by CICADA
Consult in Accra with STAR Ghana's support.
Review our policy and procedures manual, job
contract/staff performance appraisal/self-appraisal forms
including the constitution and strategic plan.
Review Claire Ford's recommendations with our
Finance/Administrative Officer, Management and the Board
including recommendations by Deloitte Audit Report 2010
and Management Report 2010 and to make further
recommendations for consideration by the Board.
8 November -
VOICE GHANA Receives
Claire Ford, a volunteer from the
British Agency, Accounting for International Development - AfID (
) has arrived at VOICE GHANA on 3rd November 2011. Claire Ford is
providing a short term support and training to Millicent Dufie
Denteh, our Finance/ Administrative Officer for a period of three
weeks to improve upon her skills and experience in controlling
accounts of the organisation.
24th October 2011
- NOTICE OF CHANGE OF NAME
We have the
pleasure to inform our Partners/Donors/Friends of VOICE GHANA that
pursuant to Section 15(9) of the Companies Code, 1963 (Act 179),
we the Board, staff and members of the Volta Physically Challenged
Independent Group (VOLPHIG) have registered alteration of the name
of our organization with the Registrar General’s Department in
Accra, Ghana from
VOLTA PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED INDEPENDENT GROUP
(VOLPHIG) to VOICE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY GHANA (VOICE
Click here for the full text
10th October 2011
- STAR-GHANA EDUCATION
SECTOR CALL PROJECT APPROVED
(Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in
www.star-ghana.org has awarded an amount of One
Hundred Thousand US Dollars (US$100,000) to VOICE GHANA today,
10th October, 2011 for a project proposal submitted to them in
September 2011. The project seeks to carry out advocacy for
implementation of key Sections of the Persons with Disability Act,
2006 (Act 715) on education of children with disability. The
project will work at three different levels to ...................
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13 Sept -
VOICE GHANA EVENTS - OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2011
Meetings: 16th October, 13th November and 4th December
Events to introduce our New Name (Voice
Ghana), Logo and Website:
Briefing session with key stakeholders:
Press conference: November 2011
General meeting: November 2011
International Day of the Disabled
- 3rd December 2011
|12 Sept - APPEAL FOR FUND -
Hodzo is a 35 year old physically disabled person and a
tailor. He lives in Ave-Atanve in the Akatsi District of
the Volta Region, Ghana. Benjamin was involved in a motor
accident on 25th July 2010, resulting in complete loss of
his left ear.
Benjamin now experiences severe
headache and can’t continue his tailoring work. He needs
Two Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC2,000.00) about US$1,334 to
undergo a plastic surgery at the Okomfo Anokye Teaching
Hospital in Kumasi. The family could not afford to raise
the money and he is therefore appealing to organisations,
churches or individuals for support.
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6 Sept 2011 - VOLPHIG
has received funding from the STAR-Ghana
- Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in
Ghana www.star-ghana.org to carry out vigorous advocacy to ensure
school structures in the Ho Municipality are made accessible for
use by persons with disability. VOLPHIG’s focus is on basic and
second cycle schools in the municipality. As part of this project,
VOLPHIG conducted a comprehensive accessibility audit on 216 basic
and senior high school structures (existing and new structures)
between 26th April and 9th June 2011 to ascertain accessibility
status of these structures.
The findings indicated gross abuse of Sections 6
and 60 of the Persons with Disability Act, 2006 (Act, 715), which
mandates owners and occupiers of public buildings including
schools to provide easy access for persons with disabilities.
to download full survey report.
3 Nov 2010
- Press Release on Voice
Donation to RTC, Ho
Voice of People with Disabilities in Ghana (Voice), a major
organisation in the Volta Region representing the human rights of
individuals with disabilities is pleased to be donating to the Ho
Rehabilitation Training Centre (RTC), 2 computers and accessories.
The Chairperson of Voice Mr. Paul Fiavi said he is pleased the
organisation continues to be working in partnership with the
Regional Social Welfare Department. Voice has had a closer working
relationship with RTC and Social Welfare, since the organisation
was funded in March 2002.
Continue by downloading the full Press Release