With this COVID relief programme, ACEC supports vulnerable households in slum settlements across Accra such as Jamestown, Chorkor, Madina and Agbogbloshie. The households present in these areas approached ACEC to intervene on the increasing poverty levels exacerbated by the onset of COVID-19 in Ghana during the year 2020. The high levels of hunger and other non-related illnesses such as malaria, cholera and typhoid have surged and ravaged the populations of low-income earners within the slums of the capital city of Accra.
Thus, ACEC is bringing this project in response to the endless requests of the target households and provide them with access to increased hygiene and nutrition, like fruits and meals that are rich on balanced diet, vitamin supplements, charcoal, nose masks and hand sanitizers. This is in addition to an awareness campaign on how COVID-19 can be prevented, treated or tested for. Currently, clarity on how to identify infection and whether there is an effective vaccine is lacking.
500 women, men and children from 100 poor households will have improved health because of the provision of information, and increased hygiene and nutrition; and an increased well-being, because they got out of a situation of extreme poverty and hunger.
The project will also contribute to flattening the curve of COVID-19 in these communities, as the recipients would not have to scramble for food and overlook the recommended social distance and are now better informed. In addition, the items will be sourced from a local network of grocery shops and pharmacies which will also benefit from the project.
For the first 100 households ACEC requires donations totaling GHS 28,000 (or €4,109). The donations will be used for:
- Purchasing food, cooking equipment, hygiene and medical supplies for 100 households.
- Sensitization and campaign sessions. And the purchase of items to promote publicity of the project such as T-shirts, flyers and brochures for project recipients.
Every additional donation will benefit even more families. Also, ACEC will deploy internal funding for the other activities associated with the project since this is a program that started running at the onset of COVID-19 in Ghana. ACEC aims to collect in total GHS 84,000 (or €12,328) for 300 households. That is €41 per household.
In all, 64 people including children, women and men were reached. The breakdown are as follows:
- Total number of children: 38
- Total number of women: 19
- Total number of men: 7
Overall number: 64 people including women and children. The children (38 in all) benefitted from donation/ supply of food and PPEs. The women (19 in all and mostly mothers) benefitted from awareness campaigns on covid prevention and treatment. They also received some PPEs. The men (7 in all) on the other hand, received education on the vaccination.
Awareness on the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 disease has increased greatly. Head of households who are mostly men have also gained instructive education on the vaccination programme being rolled out by the government. Two men out of the seven, have duly gone for vaccination. This will empower them to work hard to fend for their households despite the prevalence of the disease in the country.
The funds were used to purchase food and medical supplies to these beneficiaries. In addition, the roll out of the vaccination campaign by government empowered a number of the intended beneficiaries thereby decreasing the intended target number. ACEC took advantage of this to also educate the households on the vaccination programme.
The project intended to target more than 300 women and children from 60 households that are impacted by the devastating effects of COVID -19 pandemic in known slums in the Greater Accra region. However, due to the limited amount of funds received, only seven (7) households were reached with a total number of 64 beneficiaries in Kasoa, a suburb in the Central Region of Ghana.