Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has initiated the construction of the CEM Ability Village, a comprehensive community and empowerment centre for persons living with disabilities in Agortor-Kope, Greater Accra Region.
The CEM Ability Village, a project spearheaded by the Charismatic Evangelistic Ministry (CEM) through its Ability Village Charity, aims to support and empower individuals with disabilities through skills training and specialized healthcare, enabling their full participation in society.
Phase One of the project will commence immediately on a 500-acre land, while the charity continues to seek funds and equipment for the entire project.
During the sod-cutting ceremony in Accra, Vice President Bawumia praised the Church's leadership for undertaking such a significant initiative, highlighting their ongoing efforts to provide assistive devices, medical care, and support through events like the “Day of Help” for persons with disabilities.
Recognizing the barriers faced by individuals with disabilities, including social, physical, educational, and communication challenges, the Vice President emphasized the need to address these issues with concrete actions to foster their inclusion and overcome discrimination and stigma.
He emphasized that the CEM Ability Village exemplifies the collective responsibility to uplift individuals with disabilities, stating that everyone should contribute their resources to alleviate their hardships.
Vice President Bawumia pledged his commitment to the success of the project and called on all stakeholders to offer their support.
The Government also expressed its dedication to the realization of the project, urging corporate entities, donors, development partners, associations, religious organizations, and individuals to generously contribute.
Madam Lariba Zuweira Abudu, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, expressed gratitude to the local chiefs for providing the large land for the project and assured the Ministry's full support in ensuring its timely completion.
The CEM Ability Village is designed as an inclusive empowerment centre to address the challenges faced by persons with disabilities. It will provide technical and vocational education, healthcare facilities, and rehabilitation services, and serve as a research and training hub.
The Village will also include a Technology Center focusing on software development and hardware repair, as well as advocacy and counselling services for persons with disabilities nationwide.