SMA Missions in Ghana
Bethany Projects (Accra) - This umbrella title refers to three organizations founded by SMA several years ago, whose aim is to uplift the image of handicapped persons and to assist them in becoming self-sufficient, dignified, productive members of society. Persons who come to Bethany Projects must want to work and become productive. SMA Lay Missionaries from the United States. and the Netherlands are serving at some of these projects.
Hope for Life (HFL) - A support group in which handicapped people offer one another encouragement and advice. Limited financial aid is also available in appropriate cases.
Bethany House - A house of welcome for handicapped individuals who need a place of rest and a break from their daily struggles.
Wheelchair Project - This project produces wheelchairs and adult tricycles at subsidized prices for handicapped people who need a mode of transportation to be employable. The products are not given free, but their cost is greatly reduced.
Bakery Project - This bakery is an income-generating project for Hope for Life. The HFL members participate in this project and are learning the skills needed to run a bakery business.
Buduburam Liberian Refugee Camp (Outside Accra) - SMA lay missionaries from the French, Dutch and American Provinces have served at the refugee camp. Although the American presence ended in 2007, the other missionaries and staff provide medical care, crafts projects, projects for women, occupational therapy for children and adults with disabilities, projects for deaf children, and more. They minister to and assist the Liberian refugees in obtaining necessary medical attention.
Operation Hand in Hand (Nkoranza) - This project, also called Peace of Christ Community, offers shelter and assistance to handicapped and abandoned children in central Ghana. It provides permanent housing for about 40 and provides work opportunities for another 20 from the nearby town and villages. The children live in a family setting in small groups with caregivers, to form their own village. The project also welcomes some visitors. S.M.A. has one Lay Missionary assisting with the care of residents and with administration.
Eco Project (Cape Coast) - For many years, S.M.A. Fathers from Netherlands and other countries have sponsored a project to raise awareness of environmental issues as religious concerns of care for God’s Creation. One U.S. Lay Missionary is assisting this project which involves traveling to various locations in Ghana to educate and guide people in ecological issues, as well as to support local projects to care for the environment.