LCS teacher, parents raise funds to provide speech therapy to needy children
Imagine if you had a child who was not speaking? What if your relative had a stroke and could not talk anymore?
Thousands of people in Ghana find themselves in that situation and services are limited. Speech and language therapy at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital is the only government service for therapy in Ghana. The service costs 20GHC per session, yet many people are unable to pay for them.
LCS' very own theater instructor Iain Cowieson and his wife Alison (pictured to the right) led efforts to raise 800 Ghana Cedis last weekend to support the Korle Bu Hospital's Speech Therapy service. They were inspired by an LCS parents' work to support the teaching hospital.
"We chose to support Korle Bu after we got talking to Karen last year and found out more about it," explained Cowieson, referring to LCS parent Karen Wylie Weedon.
Last year the Cowiesons were able to raise 200ghs to provide 15 free sessions of speech therapy for patients.
"It is nice to help out and be able to hear exactly where the money goes to," she continued.
The money raised year by Weedon and other volunteers, as well as the Cowiesons has helped a young boy with severe cerebal palsy get therapy sessions and a communication board.
"Its something that means so much to him and has changed his life and that of his family, yet it doesn't cost a lot of money," Cowieson explained.
Last weekend, Alison, Iain and their son Owen Cowieson opened their home for a "yard sale" to raise funds for their cause.
The couple got donations of items from members of the LCS community to sell including cushions, bags, shoes, clothes, DVDs, fabric, a dart board, a wooden ironing board, as well as various kitchen items.
Lincoln staff responded well to the invitation to attend the sale and over 800 GHC was raised. The money will be used to pay or subsidise therapy for those who cannot afford it - the money raised will provide 40 free therapy sessions. The staff at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital did a small dance of joy and said medase paa to the Cowiesons and LCS staff for their generosity.
Donations are welcome at any time. Please contact Karen Wylie Weedon or Ali Cowieson for more information on how you can support this initiative.