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Friday, January 31, 2014

FEOK FESTIVAL!

Firstly, huge apologies for this late post, I got completely swept away with Christmas, New Year and the new team – no excuses.

The Builsa Feok Festival was held in Sandema on the 19th December 2013. It was, as promised, a wonderful day of history, dancing and singing. The LIFE project could not be more pleased or proud to announce the inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in to this tradition. The Sandema, Wiaga and Chuchuliga Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) joined together to give a vibrant display of their singing and dancing abilities to an excited and supportive crowd. It’s hard not to use an abundance of adjectives when talking about the day because it really was above and beyond anything we could have dreamt up when we started the LIFE project 12 months ago.

I came as a volunteer in January 2013 and together with my team we compiled a report about the Feok Festival and potential PWD involvement, at the time, these were all long term dreams we hoped would be facilitated by 2015. I am completely overwhelmed to say nearly all suggestions were implemented in the first year; Gilbert (the President of the Sandema DPO) was on the Feok Festival planning committee, all PWDs had a designated place to sit to view the Feok undisturbed and PWDs were invited to perform for the crowds, the Builsa District Chiefs, the DCE and other important dignitaries, many of whom left their seats to join in with the singing and dancing.


I find it hard to express how successful the day was and when speaking to people involved there was an overwhelming sense of happiness, pride and accomplishment. For the first time in the history of the Feok Festival, PWDs were a part. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has ever worked on the LIFE project and to everyone who has ever supported any of the work completed by the LIFE project, alongside PWDs you have broken barriers. The Builsa district is a shining example of PWD inclusion in Ghana and beyond. 

(as soon as I get strong internet I will upload photos...)


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