“Empowering the Disabled: A Prelude to the Duamenefa Regional Tournament”

In an awe-inspiring event that radiated hope and empowerment, Stephanie Butowsky, a woman driven by her faith and an unwavering commitment to serving others, led a transformative seminar for the disabled and their dedicated caregivers. With 36 years of experience spanning various age groups and diverse needs, Stephanie’s journey of compassion and dedication took center stage in a gathering that left an indelible mark on all who attended.

Yesterday, a seminar for people living with disabilities was held in Adzido, a town in the Keta Municipality of the Volta region at about 11:00 AM. Today, a similar event is taking place for the Ketu South Group. These seminars form a crucial part of the lineup of events preceding the grand durbar of the Duamenefa Regional Tournament, scheduled to take place on the 30th of September 2023.


Stephanie’s profound journey began with a calling she received upon graduating from high school—a calling to serve those with unique needs and challenges. Over the years, she immersed herself in continuous learning, accumulating thousands of hours of training in physical and occupational therapy, feeding techniques, mobility, communication devices, reading programs, speech therapy, basic sign language, modified behavioral techniques, and essential life skills. Her extensive experience spans a wide spectrum of individuals, including children, teens, young adults, and the elderly. However, she finds her true calling in working with people with special needs, whom she regards as the apple of God’s eye.


Stepping into Ghana, Stephanie embraced the belief that her path was guided by a higher power, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead her toward her mission. Little did she know that her presence would kindle an extraordinary gathering of support, encouragement, and empowerment for the disabled community and their devoted caregivers.

Collaborating with a dedicated team, including seasoned media professionals Fafali Bobobee and Wisdom Dovlo, Stephanie, accompanied by Mamaga Duamenefa I, set out to minister to those often overlooked by society.

Seminars for disabled and the health screening for disabled is proudly sponsored by Savior Tanko Kwamigah Gabriel Atokple The HEADLINE SPONSOR OF THE DUAMENEFA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT.

The seminar commenced with an aura of spirituality, as the room echoed with prayers and praises. Stephanie, fueled by her warmth and compassion, tirelessly worked her way through the vast crowd, personally greeting and connecting with individuals from all walks of life.

During the seminar, as Stephanie began praying for those positioned at the back of the room, a significant movement forward caught her attention. It became evident that both the disabled community and their caregivers were drawn to her, not just for her wealth of expertise but for the profound commitment she exuded to enhancing their well-being.


Stepping to the front of the room, Stephanie addressed the eager audience, pouring out her deep compassion and emphasizing that they all held a unique and purposeful place in the world, meticulously designed by a loving God. Her words resonated deeply with attendees, offering them solace, inspiration, and a renewed sense of purpose.

This seminar of hope not only provided invaluable encouragement to the disabled but also celebrated the unsung heroes—the caregivers—who tirelessly support and uplift their loved ones every day. Stephanie’s unwavering journey of empowerment continues to inspire, reminding us all that through faith, dedication, and compassion, we can create a world where every individual, regardless of their abilities, can thrive and fulfill their divine purpose.

Following these seminars, there will be a free health screening for the disabled, scheduled to take place on the premises of Fafaa Fm on the 20th of September.

As a precursor to the grand durbar of the 5th edition of the Duamenefa Regional Tournament, scheduled to take place on the 30th of September 2023, the significance of this event cannot be overstated. The Duamenefa Regional Tournament stands as a beacon of unity and community spirit, utilizing the universal language of football to foster peaceful coexistence among the people in diverse communities.

This tournament, which has evolved over the years, has become more than just a sporting event; it has become a symbol of hope and collaboration. It brings together individuals from various backgrounds, tribes, and walks of life, breaking down barriers and promoting understanding among communities that may have once been divided. Through the medium of football, the tournament encourages dialogue, cooperation, and the forging of lasting friendships.

Beyond its role in promoting peaceful coexistence, the Duamenefa Regional Tournament serves as a fertile ground for unearthing the hidden talents embedded in the youth of these communities. It provides a platform for young aspiring footballers to showcase their skills, dreams, and aspirations. Many of these talented individuals may have otherwise gone unnoticed, their potential untapped, if not for this remarkable tournament.

However, the grand durbar will elevate the tournament to new heights. It will be a celebration of not just football, but of the rich cultural tapestry and the limitless potential of the youth. Moreover, it will serve as an international stage, drawing the attention of scouts from the USA, UK, and Portugal.

These scouts, representing some of the most prestigious football clubs and organizations globally, will be on the lookout for the next generation of football stars. They will witness firsthand the raw talent and dedication of these young athletes, potentially offering them the opportunity of a lifetime—a chance to pursue their dreams of becoming professional footballers on the international stage.

In essence, the grand durbar is not just a culmination of the tournament; it is a gateway to a brighter future for the youth in these communities. It symbolizes the power of sport to transform lives, bridge divides, and open doors to opportunities that were once unimaginable.

Stephanie Butowsky’s collaboration with the Duamenefa Foundation of Ghana and her seminar for the disabled and their caregivers add another layer of significance to this event. It underscores the values of inclusivity, compassion, and empowerment that are at the heart of the tournament’s mission. Together, these initiatives create a harmonious blend of sportsmanship, unity, and social responsibility that will leave a lasting impact on the lives of those involved and the communities they represent.

Story by: Felix Abusah, Email: abusahfelix1@gmail.com/felix.abusah@rutgers.edu

Source: duamenefafoundation.org