It is official now. The Ghana Deaf Sports Federation (GDSF) and the Agoro Ne Obra Pa Project (ANOPA Project) yesterday 15th November,2022 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in talent identification projects among deaf and other differently-abled children in Ghana. Still under the MOU, the ANOPA Project would make available its deaf swimming athletes for the upcoming 6th World Deaf Swimming Championship 2023 in Argentina. In all 14 deaf swimmers would represent Ghana for the very first time in this internationally recognized event and hope to make Ghana and the differently-abled community proud. The MOU was signed at the premises of the ANOPA Project in Cape Coast, Ghana and was represented by the President of the GDSF Mr. Jonathan Amoah and his Executives and the ANOPA Project represented by the Executive Director Mr. Ernest Appiah and his staff.
The ANOPA Project has over the past three years trained many deaf children in swimming under the RYTHM Foundation sponsored program dubbed ‘Education through Sports for Deaf and Blind Children in Ghana’. The program also saw to ensuring educational success for deaf and blind children through educational scholarships, provision of educational materials, payment of school levies and the enrolment of vulnerable deaf and blind children from estranged backgrounds into special schools. Other games and recreational activities were also undertaken to promote inclusion and integration through our mixed ability sports activities and sensitizations of parents and guardians of these children who would otherwise be excluded. Having this unique opportunity to represent Ghana in this world Championship forms part of the impact these programs have been able to garner over these years.
We are extremely grateful to RYTHM Foundation, Memphis Foundation, French Embassy-Ghana, Sport4development-Germany, Contribyoute-Germany, Globalgivings and all our past and current partners for contributing towards the plight of deaf, blind and all other differently-abled children in Ghana.