Dear Sister Elizabeth Newman SSND,
I write with deep sorry to send this condolences
on behalf of the members, staff and Executive
Board of VOICE GHANA as well as the disability
fraternity in the Volta Region for the death of
Brother Tarcisius de Ruyter SVD, the founder of
Orthopedic Training Centre - OTC.
Indeed we have lost one of the greatest
trailblazers of the faith who dedicated his
entire life in supporting people with
disabilities to have a dignified and meaningful
life. Indeed, Brother has brought joy and hope
to thousands of people with disabilities in
Ghana through his charity work.
It is hard to find suitable words to pay a
tribute to this truly remarkable man. We have
indeed lost a visionary father, a counselor and
a friend to all, especially persons with
A life well lived and a job well done. Brother
Tarcisius de Ruyter, we will forever miss you.
May Your Soul Rest in Perfect Peace!!
Signed on behalf of
The Board and Management
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Near World Vision | Ho Kpodzi | Ho | Ghana
The Orthopedic Training Centre (OTC) was begun by the Divine Word Missionaries in 1961. Brother Tarcisius de Ruyter SVD is the founder and at present the co-director with Sister Elizabeth Newman SSND. The co-directors, assistant director and general manager form the management team of the Centre. The primary purpose of the Centre is the rehabilitation of the physically challenged in Ghana and people from other countries.
Since 1961 the OTC has been able to open its doors and services so many physically challenged in West Africa, especially Ghana. Thousands have passed through the centre or have received the help they need from our mobile unit. We feel very fortunate that we have been able to continue and have had the materials and trained staff members to make all of this happen. So many individuals, foundations and organizations have partnered with us so that the children could receive the care they need to develop into individuals who could take their proper place in society.
Here in Ghana there are very few plastic surgeons so recently we tried to find out if anyone outside of Ghana would be interested in this case and willing to look at the possibility of at least trying to make his hands functional. There are two reconstructive surgeons in Munich, Germany who are willing and interested in the case. They say, from looking at Sule’s x-rays and pictures, that he would need four surgeries over a four month period. The cost would be 10,000 euro per surgery.
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