Last Updated: 24/09/2020

Active cases of COVID-19 in Ghana continue to decline in numbers; the total on Sept. 22 was 507. The number of people who are reported to have died from the disease is 297. Mandatory restrictions have been extended to Dec. 14; these include the wearing of face masks, the closure of public places such as beaches and cinemas, and the closure of land borders. The main airport is open for international travel with strict testing requirements for all passengers. Lockdowns have been lifted in some larger cities. Church gatherings can take place for up to two hours at a time.

Most Compassion child development centers are not yet holding any onsite programs, although classrooms and common areas have been sanitized to prepare for the children’s return. Staff members are returning in shifts to prevent crowding, and several centers have invited children to come in small groups to write letters and do short lessons with tutors. Some centers have even been able to work with local television stations to air curriculum for students at home. Staff continues to handle health screenings, emergency medical care, child protection interventions and disaster response for beneficiaries as needed. So far, they have been able to provide 66,037 food packs and 67,962 hygiene kits, as well as medical support to 18,155 individuals.

A Message From Compassion Ghana’s National Director

Hear from Gifty Dansoah Appiah, National Director of Compassion Ghana, as she shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Ghana.

Recorded: 20/08/2020

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 even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Ghana are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 66,037 food packs and 67,962 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 wisdom for the Ghanaian government as they reopen schools and monitor students for COVID-19. Pray for health for the teachers, staff and students.

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