Three out of Ghana’s 216 districts have benefited from the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) small Grant Project. The Project is an initiation of GNAD with support from the Disability Rights Fund aimed at promoting and advancing the Human rights needs of Deaf people in Ghana. The beneficiary districts are: Tamale Metropolitan, Bolgatanga Metropolitan and Wa Municipal.
The project adopts multi-stakeholders’ approach seeking to advance the human rights needs of Deaf people through utilizing the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UN CRPD) to build the capacity of Deaf people in three Northern Regions focusing on article 13 (Access to Justice) and article 21 (access to information).
As part of the implementation process, an initial baseline survey was carried out in the three districts to assess the level of knowledge and utilization of the convention rights among Deaf people. This was followed by series of trainings and capacity building programmes targeting Deaf people within the targeted districts, the media, stakeholders in the justice system and both national and regional leaders within the Deaf community. During the intensive exercises GNAD brought together its board members and leaders of the 10 regions for a comprehensive training and sensitization on Deaf people and human rights.
The project is was coordinated by GNAD Project Officer, Juventus Duorinaah, and per the project agreement, the Tamale Metropolitan, Bolgatanga Metropolitan and Wa Municipal were the intervention districts. About 300 GNAD members, 75 stakeholders including the media and 23 national leaders benefit directly from the Project.
GNAD would like to encourage the beneficiary districts to support the success of the project and take ownership and management of the project. We would also encourage the three districts to seize the opportunity to establish and consolidate more alliance with duty bearers and services providers in their regions.