GHANA YMCA PARTNER’S GOVERNMENT OF GHANA TO DONATE FOOD ITEMS AS PART OF COVID-19 RESPONSE
It is an undeniable fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about economic hardship to many especially the poor, vulnerable and the marginalized in our communities. In response to this just as in some countries around the world, the Government of Ghana in partnership with the Ghana Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) through the Christian Council of Ghana under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance has donated food items to over three thousand households (3,000) and 7- Not-for-profit organizations as part of COVID-19 relief intervention.
Residents from Adabraka and Asylum Down, all suburbs of Accra, benefited from the relief package which was highly appreciated and considered timely on the part of Government and in thanks to the YMCA for providing the space and orderly way of the distribution of the food items comprising of rice, gari, beans, cooking oil, tomato paste as well as eggs and sardines.
The 7- Not for Profit organizations mainly associations of aged or elderly folks that benefited from the donations are; Naro Aged Care, Jamestown Afiena, 50 & Counting Club and Ark Lifestyle Foundation. These foundations have been providing relief for aged persons with little or no livelihood support, whose situation has been worsened by the hardship brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are under the Ghana Association of Elders whose activities are coordinated by the Center for Ageing Studies of the University of Ghana.
Founder of Ark Lifestyle Foundation, Mrs Estherlynne Osei Bonsu who received the items on behalf of her organisation expressed gratitude to the Ghana YMCA for the kind gesture and assured that the food items would be duly delivered to the elderly to help them survive.
Delivering the donations, Executive Director of the Ghana YMCA, Mr Kwabena Nketia Addae commended the government of Ghana for its commitment to working with faith-based organisations to deliver aid to vulnerable families and individuals.
“I am proud of the government’s commitment to partner with faith-based organisations to provide food support to needy people in our community. During difficult times like this, it is important for like-minded organisations to collaborate as much as possible so we can reach more people and help them cope with this hardship,” he said.
He reiterated the Ghana YMCA’s willingness to help communities survive by disclosing the organisation’s fundraising drive to provide more food items to the needy and procure personal protective equipment for frontline health workers. “We plan to scale up our education on the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 disease as well as on how to stop the stigmatization of persons who have the disease or recovered from it”.
Speaking to other efforts of the YMCA in responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Mr. Addae had this to say, “We are living in very difficult times. And the Ghana YMCA wants to do as much as it can to help communities survive the virus. That is why we have launched a special initiative dubbed #LendAHand to raise funds to feed more people and buy some protective equipment for our health workers. We are therefore calling on everyone who can contribute to join hands with us to help more people”.
Mr. Addae also revealed that this donation to residents and organizations is the first in series of donations planned by the Ghana YMCA.