Last Updated: 07/04/2021

Ghana launched a vaccine drive on March 2, after receiving 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the World Health Organisation. The number of active cases on March 3 was reported to be 5,444, and the total number of COVID-related deaths was 607. Many Compassion child development centers are cautiously inviting children and youths back in small groups for classes, to take updated photos and to write letters. Some centers have been able to work with local radio stations to air curricula for students at home. Others make home visits and phone calls to check on children and their families. Staff continue to handle health screenings, emergency medical care, child protection interventions and disaster response for beneficiaries as needed.  So far, staff members have been able to provide over 200,000 food packs and 163,000 hygiene kits as well as medical support to over 64,000 individuals.


How is Compassion Currently Operating in Ghana?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Ghana, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Many centers in Ghana have restarted programming, welcoming small groups of children and youths on a rotating basis. Staff members also continue to make phone calls and conduct home visits. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 200,000 food packs and nearly 163,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!
 

Are Children Receiving Letters?

The majority of letters are delayed in Ghana, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your child. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!
 

Are Gifts Being Delivered?

Gifts continue to be distributed in Ghana. Staff members have been given the option to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver, if necessary. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will be notified whether a gift has been designated as a child gift or family gift. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognizing that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.


Story From the Field

Shutdowns and curfews have caused many across Ghana to lose their jobs. And for families in poverty, like Amos’, the spiral downward is a quick one. When his child development center director and partner church members visited Amos and his family, they discovered that his parents were both unemployed and the family had no food.

So, with support from Compassion, they gave the family a food basket containing fish, meat, eggs, milk, beans, rice and cooking oil.

“Compassion has brought peace into my home by sponsoring just one of my children,” says Amos’ father, Joseph. “They are providing for Amos, which is a big relief. The workers at the church are so fair and kind. Thank God for [them].”

How can I pray for Ghana?

Pray for creativity, strength and wisdom for the frontline church staff as they continue developing activities, educating and providing supplies to the children and their families.


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