Getting visually impaired kids off the street a dream come true – Ali Amir Foundation

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Getting children with visual disabilities off the streets, especially Muslims is almost a dream come true as many prominent people express interest in completing the first Islamic school for the blind in Ghana.

For years, many people have been asking where their visually impaired children will get the best possible education.

This is because most visually impaired children can’t attend local schools with other non-disabled. Even if children choose to attend, they will not receive special education services of various kinds in this context.

They will participate in the general teaching.

Getting visually impaired kids off the street a dream come true - Ali Amir Foundation

This left a handful of visually impaired Muslim children in the streets to beg. But Ali Amir Foundation is changing the story by building a school for the blind.

Construction of the school, which has already begun, expected to be completed by 2024 has received massive in-kind and cash support.

Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, former President John Dramani Mahama and the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu have all supported the project.

Ex-President Mahama has donated 20 thousand cedis while Sheikh Sharubitu and Chief Imam of Ahlussuna, Sheikh Umar Ibrahim donated an undisclosed amount towards the completion of the school.

Vice President, Dr. Bawumia has promised to support the project to become a reliable home for the underprivileged who beg on the streets.

Getting visually impaired kids off the street a dream come true - Ali Amir Foundation

The project has also received 100 bags of cement from the coordinator for the Zongo Development fund, Ben Abdallah Banda.

An estimated $90,000 has already been invested in the 8-unit classroom project, including a bungalow and other facilities.

“The school will also offer an opportunity for those who can neither read nor write to learn a vocation,” CEO of Ali Amir Foundation said.

Oyibi in Greater Accra and Kumi around Barekese in the Ashanti regions are both beneficiaries of the project.

In August 2021, construction of the project began in Oyibi after Ali Amir Foundation for the Blind raised about $15,000 to purchase two acres of land.

When completed, it will provide quality education for visually impaired children in Muslim communities and get those on the streets into the classroom.

Getting visually impaired kids off the street a dream come true - Ali Amir Foundation

“We don’t want to see them on the streets begging,” the Chief Executive Officer of Ali Amir Foundation, Alifa Sallah, said in an interview with JoyNews Mahmud Mohammed-Nurudeen.

Mr Sallah says the project will cost about 1.3 million cedis.

CEO of Ali Amir Foundation says that it is unfortunate that visually impaired children are left to their fate when they can become prominent people in the country.

He reveals that non-Muslims have also contributed to the establishment of the school.

The school will be opened to all faiths to complement the government’s effort to make education accessible for all.

Once completed, the school will be handed over to the government, he added.