UNITED WAY GHANA KICKS OFF ITS COVID-19 RESPONSE INITIATIVE IN AYAWASO NORTH


UNITED WAY GHANA KICKS OFF ITS COVID-19 RESPONSE INITIATIVE IN AYAWASO NORTH

The COVID-19 outbreak in Ghana has put a spotlight on economic inequalities and a fragile social safety net that leaves underserved communities to bear the economic brunt of the crisis. The global pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to countries around the world. With over a million confirmed cases of infection and more than 126,708 deaths recorded worldwide the coronavirus is a pandemic on a scale not seen since the Spanish Influenza of 1918. While the virus infects people from all walks of life, it is evident that the poor will be most affected due to long standing segregation by income and lack of access to basic needs.

Hajia Memuna is a 60 year old widow living in Mamobi, an underserved community in Accra. Growing up, Memuna was full of life and envisioned herself as a successful businesswoman earning enough to support her family and the vulnerable children in her community. Her envisioned trajectory took an unexpected turn when she was married off to a hardworking and loving man who took care of her until his untimely demise, leaving Hajia as a widow with three children to take care of.

Eventually, she had no choice but to engage in menial work to cater for her children’s wellbeing and soon after that of her grandchildren in 2015. Hajia’s dependents all rely on her profits from her petty trade for their daily bread. This window of hope for the family was shut due to the lock down imposed by the Government as an approach to contain the COVID-19 virus in the country.

Though this directive by the Government is commendable, individuals like Hajia Memuna who survive on daily profits from their occupation are left at a loss. By launching our coordinated COVID-19 Response on 9th April 2020 in partnership with Muslim Family Counselling Services, Mother of All Nations and Achievers Ghana we supported individuals like Hajia Memuna from vulnerable homes by providing essential foodstuffs and sanitary items to ensure that such families have enough to eat and protect themselves.

With a strong focus on quality education for all, United Way Ghana encapsulated a component of its literacy project from the Improving Basic Education Program into our COVID-19 Response Initiative. Our goal is to keep young learners reading to enable them develop a love for reading while sensitizing them on the current global issue. By supporting families like Hajia Memuna’s we aim at keeping the young learners engaged so that when school resumes the transition to the classroom will go smoothly while providing the necessary food and sanitary items.

Though this directive by the Government is commendable, individuals like Hajia Memuna who survive on daily profits from their occupation are left at a loss. By launching our coordinated COVID-19 Response on 9th April 2020 in partnership with Muslim Family Counselling Services, Mother of All Nations and Achievers Ghana we supported individuals like Hajia Memuna from vulnerable homes by providing essential foodstuffs and sanitary items to ensure that such families have enough to eat and protect themselves.

With a strong focus on quality education for all, United Way Ghana encapsulated a component of its literacy project from the Improving Basic Education Program into our COVID-19 Response Initiative. Our goal is to keep young learners reading to enable them develop a love for reading while sensitizing them on the current global issue. By supporting families like Hajia Memuna’s we aim at keeping the young learners engaged so that when school resumes the transition to the classroom will go smoothly while providing the necessary food and sanitary items.

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