The Future Hope International (FHI) has a long history of advocating for the rights and freedom of people of all ages and all types of disabilities. With an emphasis on community-based services, accessible housing and transportation, employment and fair wages for people with disabilities, and compliance with the Ghana’s Disabilities Act, FHI works to enforce and expand the laws, policies, regulations, and services that affect the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities.
At FHI, we believe that people with disabilities should have equal access to rights, opportunities, and services and be protected from discrimination, abuse, and neglect. Sadly, many of the PWDs in Ghana are routinely denied even the most basic human rights, particularly in the rural areas
In many Ghana, where disability is treated as a stigma, people with disabilities can face discrimination in all aspects of life. Shunned by their community and excluded from school, employment, healthcare, and other services due to direct discrimination or a lack of physical accessibility or appropriate resources, people with disabilities often live in extreme poverty and isolation. They are also disproportionately affected by physical and sexual violence.
In this thematic area, FHI intends to create a platform for persons with disabilities to advocate for their rights through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) and the Persons with Disability Act. We also network with both national and international organizations to raise awareness on concerns related to persons with disabilities.
FHI is working for justice, development and improved rights for the Ghana’s poorest people, including people with disabilities. Our practical community projects bear witness to prejudice and discrimination against people with disabilities and advocate for their prevention. In Agotime-Ziope District and Adaklu District of the Volta Region of Ghana, FHI works with other Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and traditional authorities to campaign for the rights of disabled people. In recent years FHI has become more influential with the Ghanaian authorities and is now routinely invited to represent people with disabilities in a wide range of forums where policy decisions about people with disabilities are made.