Family First Ghana

Family First is a charitable organisation that is passionate about supporting families who have children with complex medical needs and disabilities in Kumasi, Ghana.

Family First was co-founded and run by Meghan Liddy and Rosie Watts. Devastatingly, Meghan passed away on the 2nd November. Meghan was the most incredible person and it is heart breaking that someone so wonderful has been taken so young. The amount lives that Meghan has impacted is incredible, she has shaped the lives of so many and her memory will always live on through her 2 beautiful daughters, her amazing family and friends, myself and everyone at Family First Ghana. I want to reassure everyone that follows our work or knew Meghan that I will never let Meghan's work in Ghana end, I will make sure Family First continues to run to reflect her dreams. Those who communicated about the charity and our work solely with Meghan are more than welcome to contact me (Rosie) through our Family First Facebook page.

In Ghana, there is a strong view that individuals with disabilities are worth ‘less than’ others. Without the support and education, families in desperation are often leaving their children in orphanages or prayer camps, where they are often deprived of their basic needs. We need your help to eradicate the stigma and support individuals with disabilities to live a meaningful life.

Our Plan – to walk families through the four stages of Family First:

1)    Intervention – We aim to meet the family’s immediate needs through sponsorship, including medical, education, housing, nutritional support, etc. to create a safe and loving environment whilst we work with the family.

2)    Foundation – We believe that a family cannot thrive without a solid foundation of support. We aim to offer counselling and support groups and connect families all over Kumasi with similar circumstances to better support one another. 

3)    Prevention – We aim to empower families so that they can become independent. We offer education on their children's needs and walk alongside the family through medical appointments and necessary therapies. Parents will also be able to access literacy and business classes, finance management, etc.

4)    Education – The stigma of both developmental and medical needs often isolates families in Ghana. We hope to eradicate that stigma by offering training to local healthcare providers, schools and churches. By partnering with leaders in the community we dream to see a Kumasi that strives for inclusiveness in every part of life. 

We have recently opened a small centre which will act as a safe place where families of children with special needs can come to benefit from the support and education that they require.
We are currently fundraising for:

Family Sponsorship:
We currently have funding for 5 families to benefit from our programmes. Now the centre is up and running we would like to bring in more families to benefit from the support that we offer. Through Family Sponsorship we can target individual needs, ensuring children with special needs are accessing appropriate medical care and education, as well as emotional support and business training to the families to support them in becoming self-sufficient. I will soon post updates about the two new families that Meghan and I have started working with along with their care plans.

Staff salaries:
Special Needs Co-ordinator -
We have been working with Fred who is passionate about working with children with special needs. He does home visits, supports families at medical appointments, ensure families have access to the right nutrition, specialist equipment, etc. Fred is now looking forward to taking a more leadership role and continuing Meghan’s hard work to ensure her dreams continue. 
Physiotherapist –
We currently employ a Physiotherapist who works with children at our centre, as well as being involved in outreach programmes to local villages where various children need physiotherapy support. Many families of children with special needs cannot afford to bring their children to hospital for the necessary medical care and therefore we hope to eradicate some of these problems by offering outreach programmes.

We are currently discussing the possibility of adding another staff member to the team to ensure the workload is manageable for those running the organisation in Ghana.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our hopes and dreams to support those in need in Ghana. Any support is greatly appreciated. We would love to keep in touch and for regular updates you can follow our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/FamilyFirstGhana/

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Organizer

Rosie Ama Watts 
Organizer
Taunton, South West England, United Kingdom
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