Kumasi Children’s Home turns dumping ground for mentally-ill children

Managers of Kumasi Children’s Home are overwhelmed by the increasing number of mentally retarded and physically deformed children at the facility.

Officials say, at least, two children with special needs have been sent to the home every week since the beginning of the year.

The situation is already over-stretching the home’s meager resources as they strive to provide special care to the physically deformed inmates.

Assistant Supervisor, Mabel Boamah, told Luv News says it has become difficult for the home to cope with the growing population of deformed babies, most of whom are abandoned by their parents.

“People keep abandoning children with special needs. However, these are children who need special care and support so it worries me when they are left to fend for themselves. Such deformed children between the ages of 7 to 15 years are sent to the home almost every week and that speaks ill of the society”, worried Madam Boamah revealed.

Majority of the about hundred inmates are mostly babies including day olds and toddlers who need special care and attention as a result of their conditions.

The Kumasi Children’s Home, like many charity institutions in Ghana, depends largely on corporate and individual donations to survive.

Managers announced in April donations to the Home had since reduced drastically amid delays in the release of government’s inadequate monthly subvention.

Now they face another task of spending chunk of resources on abandoned physically deformed children.

“The situation is straining our resources. Parents should rather be interested in educating and integrating such children into the society rather than abandon them”, Madam Boamah explains.

Meanwhile, officials of Deliverance FM, a U.S based media organization have donated clothing and food items worth 12 thousand Ghana Cedis to the home.

Officials of the station, owned by two Ghanaian missionaries, were accompanied by local movie personalities including Bill Asamoah, Mercy Asiedu and Kyeiwaa during the presentation.

One of the missionaries, Rev. Mrs. Bertha Domfeh encouraged Ghanaians to support the home.

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