International Day for People with Disabilities
December 3 is International Day for People with Disabilities. When Atanga Yaaji of Ghana was young, he developed an illness that caused him to lose the use of his right leg. While his other siblings got to go to school, Atanga was encouraged to stay home so that his health could improve. Atanga eventually enrolled at the Garu Community Based Rehabilitation Centre—an organization supported by Presbyterian World Service & Development that helps people with disabilities improve their quality of life. Through the centre’s vocational training, Atanga became a bicycle fitter, earning enough money to secure his basic needs. When Atanga’s illness took his other leg, the program continued to lend support, providing him with a wheelchair and training in agriculture. Atanga is full of gratitude for the acceptance, faithful care and training he received at Garu.
PWS&D supports people living with disabilities