800 Indigent Poor Benefit from Caritas Ghana Humanitarian Support Packages
Caritas Ghana, the relief and development agency of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has begun dispatching humanitarian support packages to about 800 indigent poor in the Catholic Archdioceses (Provinces) of Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi and Tamale.
The packages worth over GH¢ 430,000 is part of interventions being supported by the grant recently awarded to Caritas Ghana by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and Caritas Internationalis COVID 19 Response Fund (CRF).
On July 30, 2020, Caritas Ghana was awarded a grant of Ninety-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Five Euro and Fifty-Six Cents (Euro 99,785.56) by the Vatican to embark on a Comprehensive Emergency Response Interventions on the pandemic.
In a bid to achieve the goal of the grant, on August 26, 2020, the Humanitarian support packages which include food ration, temporary shelter materials like mats and blankets, Health and Sanitation materials for some rural health facilities were dispatched to the four Archdioceses.
Led by Rev. Sr. Regina Ignatia Aflah, HDR, the packages dispatched by the Caritas Ghana Humanitarian Response Team is expected to reach the indigent poor in the four Archdioceses whose livelihood conditions have been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The beneficiaries include displaced female head porters popularly known as Kayayei from the cities, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
In expressing gratitude, the Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana, Mr. Samuel Zan Akologo, thanked the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Vatican and Caritas Internationalis for the generous support that “has enabled us to reach out to the poor, adding that “I am happy at the progress being made to reach out to the poor in a more personal way.”
The overall objective of the project funded by the Vatican is to guarantee access to basic livelihood security services (food, shelter, medicine) for the poor and vulnerable as well as to provide technical/logistics support to Catholic Health facilities in the remote Regions of the four Archdioceses and coordinated dissemination of authentic COVID-19 information using the World Health Organisation and Ghana Health Service approved guidelines to influence Social and Behavioral Change in Ghana.