ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JENNY’S FOUNDATION
Jenny’s Foundation was created by Jennifer Gyemfuah Brown Asenso, to help bring awareness and support to the less privileged children and young adults, focusing more on those with various disabilities such as autism, PMLD, Asperger.
Jennyʼs Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in the UK and Ghana, established in 2014 response to helping disabled children and their families.
Jenny’s Foundation aims to provide information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. Jenny’s Foundation is committed to listening to and learning from families, and encourage them full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities. At JF we believe that individual differences in children are a natural part of life, and that disabilities provide children and adults with unique perspectives, insights and abilities which contribute to the overall well-being of society. Jenny’s Foundation values children as the hope for the evolving improvement of humankind, and places great value on the family as a caring protector of children’s vulnerability, as well as a catalyst for their healthy growth and development, and places a tremendous value on parents because of the contributions they make as the leaders of families toward supporting the health, education, and development of their children at home and in society.
Jenny’s Foundation also promotes the active and informed participation of parents of children with special needs in shaping, implementing, and evaluating public policy that affects them. JF believes in the power of parents helping parents and has infused a proven model of peer support throughout all its work. Most Jenny’s Foundation staff members are parents or family members of children with disabilities, people with disabilities and those who have and are still working with those with special needs
Jennyʼs Foundation has been working alongside the Ghanaian Government in curbing the burden of disabled children and their families to help break the cycle of poverty facing many rural communities, with the hopes of helping to contribute immensely in educating ting the disabled families about health, social development, aiding disabled kids back to school, an job creation through farming, beading, woodworks, art and more. Services are re rendered by a term of highly committed, fully trained and experienced staff members. As well as trained volunteers
WHAT WE HAVE DONE
Jennyʼs Foundation has supported and raised funds for a small fraction of disabled young people from the streets of Accra, the Nzulazu Community, a group of families in the Kwahu community, and raised funds for the orphans at the Royal seed orphanage home (Orphanage in Kasoa Ofanko, Central region)
This funds were use in paying medical bills, rents, school fee, supply of clothes and foods for this special children, and also start up capital for this adult disable and their families. Which in the record S of Jenny’s Foundation is £19960 equivalent to Ghana cedis Ghc 129740.
WHERE WE HAVE BEEN TO
Jenny’s Foundation made a visit to the village of Nzulezo (or Nzulezu) located near the village of Beyin, roughly 90 kilometers west of Takoradi, in the Jomoro District of the Western Region of Ghana.
Nzulezo overlooks the Lake Tadane, and is entirely made up of stilts and platforms. In 2000, it was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is a major tourist attraction area.
Our visit to Nzulezo was challenging, with most of the team members having to tackle their fear of being on a lake, river for the first time, and never being on a canoe in their whole entire life. But nevertheless was driven by the same passion to help support and change the lives of the children at Nzulezo
We also visited Nkwatia Kwahu a village in the Kwahu East district, a district in the Eastern Region of south Ghana. Where we had the privilege of meeting a lot of families of which had children suffering from different disabilities.
The trips were very emotional, educating and rewarding. With a lot of wonderful stories behind each child’s condition, we was able to have a rough idea of the kind of help and support which would be needed and of good help to them on our next visit to Ghana. [our visit 2016]
Jenny’s Foundation (JF) would like to raise money to give disabled children (and their families ) of this generation and other generations to come, the opportunity to be well educated and more.
The money raised will be used to start building schools to education disabled children (with a startup pack which includes stationary and books and sports complex), farms to help disabled families food efficient, help them acquire skills, jobs, trades and manholes for easy access to water supplies, in selected villages in and out of Ghana.
The social position of disabled people in Ghana is known to be very poor as proven by many. Driven by unawareness, ignorance and at times even old beliefs that disabled people are cursed, disabled in the rural areas of Ghana tend to be excluded from daily life activities, made unworthy within their own families and communities
JF believes strongly in the potential of disabled people to lead meaningful lives. With proper attention, training and care, the vast majority of the disabled can overcome their disadvantaged position and contribute to society. As part of JF’s vision, the key in taking care of the disabled is in empowerment. JF will aim to do this by helping disabled children and their families get educated as well as providing them with skills and jobs. (usually between 1-4 years). During this time, the students and some of their family members are taught skills that fit with their capabilities, to help improve their self-confidence, self worth and ask to help prepare them to undertake independency, with the options of follow ups and mentoring if still needed .
Jenny’s Foundation aim to achieve the following goals:
- To educate and bring awareness about disability to uneducated and educated people
- To bring together families with Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) and restless legs syndrome (RLS) children.
- To train members to acquire some technical or vocational skills
- To seek solution where possible to their disability by providing access to orthopaedic services and surgery, To prevent members from leading secluded lives by involving them in social and other sporting activities
- To promote co-operative ventures
- To fully utilise the resources of the society for the benefit of all members
- To affiliate with individuals, benevolent and charitable organisations and agencies in and outside Ghana in order to strengthen each other’s capabilities
JF’s aim of achieving the following
Over the course of time and with great support to gain success , the foundation aims to train over 1,000 youth within Accra and outside of Accra, with the following skills: basic sign language, self hygiene, social skills, travel training which addresses the use of money and communicating effectively to people within or out of the communities around, starting their own businesses by putting them in apprenticeship schemes such as Tie and Dye, Dressmaking , catering, Tailoring, Shoemaking, Carpentry, Leather-works, Livestock and Crop farming in the year between 2020 to 2024, a period of 4yrs
I’m working on some few new projects, one being organising a charity fundraising events both in the Uk and Ghana to help raise more awareness, through celebrating, interaction and showcasing the talents and unique abilities of a few special needs children and adults. In the near future Jenny’s Foundation aims to hold an important fundraising event with the support of sponsors to raise funds to kick start the foundation’s goal of building a Special needs school with an embedded training and rest bite which will caters for many disabled children needs. Being able to achieve these goals will make a lot of positive impact in the lives of many disabled people’s living conditions for many generations to come.
FAMILY FUN DAY
This event is a day with the disable kids and their families at one venue have fun and sametime educate them. There will be games, fashion show , photo shoot and free food and drinks.
Venue: Royal Giggle Montessori School, Adenta,Glory Hills-Accra
Time: 11am to 6pm
Date: 13th April, 2019
This Event is free health screening, food and clothes to 1000 kids
Venue: Bepong Kwehu
Time: 9am to 6pm
Date: 20th April 2019
The over one million US Dollars Special School Project in Ghana.
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