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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Goodbye Sandema - Liam Butcher


The past 3 months of my life have been incredible. I have met a multitude of people that have made an eternal mark on me and I on them. I came to Ghana ready to feel like everyone needed my help but Ghanaians are so much more resilient and self-sufficient than I ever imagined. For example, Yaw, who has cerebral palsy and lives in a wheelchair. He is an amazing person and has set up an early learning school for children with little help from the outside. Or David, who has Polio but runs a Resource Centre, has a Degree and is the most quietly intelligent man I’ve met. Joyce, our preferred pizza maker, has made us feel so welcome in her own home.

It is said by some people in Ghana that to meet a disabled person at the start of the day is to invite bad luck and ill will. I say to meet a disabled person at any time of the day is to invite love and blessings into your life and theirs. To meet a disabled person at any time in your life is to enable yourself to care and it’s a duty to help them shrug off their disability like you would shrug off a blanket you were sharing.
 
- Liam

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