The Special Mothers Project (SMP) is an advocacy and awareness programme on cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy is described as loss or impairment of motor function, Cerebral Palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.Cerebral Palsy is damage to the brain that cannot currently be fixed. Treatment and therapy help manage effects on the body.The injury and damage to the brain is permanent. The brain does not “heal” as other parts of the body might. Because of this, the Cerebral Palsy itself will not change for better or worse during a person’s lifetime. On the other hand, associative conditions may improve or worsen over time.
As a result of the permanent nature of cerebral palsy and the fact that most children in Ghana and perhaps Africa are treated as outcasts the project seeks to create awareness while advocating favourable policies for families who have children with cerebral palsy. The project also seeks to coordinate cerebral palsy related activities in Ghana and serve as a peer counseling platform for mothers of children with cerebral palsy.
The project uses the media (Both social Media and Mainstream media) to create awareness about Cerebral palsy related activities while drawing the attention of policy makers to issues that need to be addressed.
Even though SMP started operations around July 2015 it was officially given the certificate of incorporation and certificate to commence operations on 31st March 2016 by Ghana’s Registrar-General’s Department and further certified to operate by the Department of Social Welfare
The aim of the project is to enhance the mother’s skills in handling the children with cerebral palsy and empower especially mothers with the necessary information that they need to help the children grow to their full potential in addition to empowering mothers especially for advocacy.
It must be noted that children with cerebral palsy cannot advocate for themselves due to the fact that most of them may not be able to have a clear speech and may not be walking and talking, hence the need for empowered mothers who can advocate for them
It must be noted that these children spend more time with their mothers than any other person and equipping the mothers also means enhancing the child’s opportunity to a better life.
Our Training programmes usually in the form of a one-stop workshop where the Specialists will take the Mum’s through the basic skills in handling their children and an opportunity for the mothers to ask all the needed and necessary questions that need to be answered as well as share experiences
Looking at the limited number of pediatric physiotherapist, the Special Mothers project also aims at empowering mother with basic knowledge and skills in physiotherapist and other therapy to enhance the job of the professionals.
The Special Mothers Project also provides counseling support to families raising children with cerebral palsy. Most families especially mothers stand a high risk of depression and certain anxiety disorders due to their children’s diagnosis.
The Special Mothers Project provides professional psychosocial support as well as peer counseling on the project’s WhatsApp platform to mothers
Ultimately the Project also seeks to influence policy on children with cerebral palsy: with regards to education, health care, acceptance in society among others.
The Special Mothers project also hopes to facilitate services that will enhance the lives of children with cerebral palsy and their families. Such services include adopting and promoting centres where mothers can drop of their children with cerebral palsy to enable them go and work to earn a living.
Many especially mothers are forced to abandon career and jobs because the educational system as it is now rejects children with cerebral palsy
The Special Mothers Project currently facilitates one such centre and is in the process of signing an MOU with others, the project advises such centres on best practices, discusses the development of an Individualized Educational Programme for children that are enrolled and hoping to make them better serve families raising children with cerebral palsy
The Centres will also serve as a resource centre for the Special Mothers Project where mothers of children with cerebral palsy with the needed funding could train in some small and medium scale ventures such as soap making, batik tye and tye and beads making.
Members of the Special Mothers project will include families especially mothers of children with cerebral palsy.
Service providers such as physiotherapists, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist
Heads of Early Childhood Development Centres
Health Care professionals who may be interested in the advocacy
Board of Directors
SPECIAL MOTHERS PROJECT was registered with a two-member board.
Mrs Hannah Awadzi as the Executive Director
Mr Agbeko Awadzi, Executive Council Member
You can support us by donating to:
The Special Mothers Project Account
1011010126145301 ADB, Ring Road Central Branch
Swift Code: ADNTGHAC
Or GN Bank Adentan Branch
Account Number 1024122400001
Mobile Money account is 0549114870