22 Aug, GNA - The Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) has cautioned
the public against giving alms to the hearing impaired as a measure to keep
them off the streets.
Kubachua, National President of GNAD, said “when the hearing keep giving alms
to the deaf, they will not stop begging”.
gave the caution in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of
the fourth anniversary celebration of the Ashaiman Municipality Association of
the Deaf (ASHMAD).
through Mr Dennis Asamoah, a sign language interpreter, he noted that members
of GNAD had skills and education to work but preferred begging because some saw
it as more lucrative.
He urged the
public to ignore those who went around with envelops and letters introducing
themselves as hearing impaired with skill training but in need of money to set
He said such
persons should be directed to the Development of Social Welfare and Community
Development as they had provisions to help setup businesses for Persons Living
with Disability which included the hearing impaired.
Dogbey, ASHMAD president, on his part, said members of his outfit did not beg
for alms as they had been cautioned and empowered against it adding that “those
beggars are not our Municipality members but outsiders”.
“The sad thing
is that when those beggars are spotted and arrested by members of the
association, some members would intervene to have them freed with the intent of
benefitting from the proceeds, ”he said.
congratulated members for the formation of the Association and commended the
Ghana Federation of Disability for its enormous support over the years.