General News of Tuesday, 7 January 2020
Source: Senyalah Castro
‘Blind’ farmer who lost rice farm to bushfire gets more support. Aduni Achana, the blind 56-year-old farmer who was left devastated and penniless after losing his entire rice farm to bushfire in the Kasena-Nankana area three weeks ago, has received more support of Ghc1,200 from some kind-hearted Ghanaians both home and abroad.
The money, which was realized through a fundraiser on Facebook led by Emmanuel Asakinaba, Desmond Kampoe, Hajia Tawa Zakari and the Journalist- Senyalah Castro, was presented to the farmer on Saturday, 4th January, 2020 at his home in Bonia.
Reports of the vicious bushfire ravaging the entire farm and other belongings of Mr. Achana recently went viral on the internet. The misfortune left many Ghanaians broken, with many questioning why the poor physically challenged farmer should be made to go through such pain.
Touched by his plight after the story broke, several Ghanaians have sent him some support with government agencies and other organizations pledging to help get him back on track and ready for farming next season.
Notable among those who gave some swift support to Mr. Achana is the Upper East Regional Minister, Tangoba Abayage and the Chief Executive of the Kasena-Nankana Municipal Assembly, William Aduum.
They made donations of food items and cash to take care of the immediate needs of the family.
Other organizations including the Upper East Regional wing of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations, led by the Regional President, David Aniah, James Brown Fankey of the Department of social welfare and Angelina Batabi of the National Disaster Management organization (NADMO) also visited to console the farmer and have taken urgent steps to get him some support.
Presenting the cash to the farmer, Desmond Kampoe, acting on behalf of the donors, said “the plight of the farmer who was committed to providing for his family despite the disability moved me to join in raising funds to support him.
He added that “There are many abled bodies out there who don’t want to go into farming so for an old man who is disabled but is this committed to his farming, we have every reason to support him”.
He urged the farmer to remain relentless in the face of the disaster, adding that “God has his own reasons for whatever he does to his children”.
Albert Achana, a son of the farmer speaking on his behalf after the donation, thanked and called for the blessings of God on the heads of all who supported them in diverse ways. He prayed for such disaster not to befall any farmer in the future.