Coronavirus – Containing the virus together

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The whole world is still in an unprecedented state of emergency. The disease COVID-19, which is caused by the corona virus, has claimed many lives and completely changed all our everyday lives.
While in Germany and in other countries of Europe and the world the measures have been eased and e.g. schooling has been resumed, here in Ghana we are still in a state of emergency.

The three-week lockdown and the complete closure of the country’s borders, many shops, schools and kindergartens, for almost 6 months now, have caused our local economy to collapse. Many families are living at the subsistence level.

The United Nations fears a massive step back of the progress made worldwide, in the so-called developing countries, over the past 50 years. We too are concerned about the health, well-being and educational opportunities of children here in Ghana. Many children’s lives are in danger, because of the worsening economic situation. We are seeing an increase in child marriages, child labour and also children being sold for work.

But in order to stop the spread of the virus worldwide and to save children’s lives and maintain future opportunities here on the ground, we must all work together.
We are now especially dependent on your help!

We will not abandon you – we will stay with you!

Of course, first of all we think of our relatives and friends during this time, but we appeal to you not to forget the people in the poorest regions of the world! If the virus spreads further, will have consequences of catastrophic proportions.
While many organizations have withdrawn their staff from Ghana, we remain on the ground, because Madamfo means friend and we do not abandon our friends at this crucial time!

Our great advantage is, that we have always implemented our projects exclusively with local people. We are well networked throughout the country and can therefore react efficiently and effectively to unforeseen changes as quickly as possible. The health and administrative authorities know us very well and depend on our support.

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Our projects – how do we continue?
Update 13.068.2020

Situation in the country

The rules on social distance, the ban on large events, kindergarten and school closures, the wearing of masks etc. still apply. However, implementation in the megacities of Accra and Kumasi is hopeless.

The virus continues to spread, the official figures are hardly meaningful and therefore, we continue to work around the clock, in association with the local health authorities, to contain the spread of the virus.

Why is COVID-19 so dangerous for people in developing countries?

There is no functioning nationwide health system in Ghana. There is a lack of hospitals, equipment (there are almost no respirators, for comparison: Ghana 300, Germany 28.000) and medical staff. There are no adequate possibilities to test the people on the virus and even less to treat them properly. Poor families cannot afford health care.
There is a large number of people with severe and mostly untreated pre-existing conditions. Pneumonia and tuberculosis are widespread, as is HIV. There are also diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever and cholera.

What are we doing?

Prevention is the only way to save lives here!

In addition to our ongoing projects, we must intervene in a targeted manner, to prevent the further spread of the virus in Ghana. We are urgently dependent on your donations!

Our Stop Ovid-19 Program:

  1. Education and awareness campaign – Our trained staff (nurses and social workers) are on site and educate people about necessary hygiene measures, such as proper hand washing and the need for social distance. This can be done through radio campaigns, but also through cars that have a loudspeaker system on the roof. In this way information announcements can be played with the necessary social distance.
  2. Provision of:

    Providing Veronica bucket kits
    (bucket sets for washing hands with running water and soap) to enable people to implement the hygiene recommendations in the first place is acutely the only solution to prevent the pandemic from progressing!
    25,00€ for one set

    Disinfectant for hand and surface disinfection
30,00€ for 5l disinfectant

    PPE (Personal protective equipment) such as face masks and gloves
    1,00€ per set (face mask, gloves)

    Infrared thermometer for diagnostics while maintaining distance
    200,00€ per thermometer

Through our fundraising campaign we have been able to reach 10 districts so far and, among other things, we have been able to provide:

– 450 Veronica bucket kits (hand washing devices) with soap,

– 500 litres of disinfectant,

– 60 large boxes of paper towels,

– 30.000 Protective masks

– 900 face-shields

– 350.000 gloves

– 6 pulse oximeter

– 6 Infrared-thermometers.

Situation in the project areas

Our projects, especially in the health and hygiene sector are running at full speed! Your donation enables us to provide entire communities with preventive infrastructure and educational projects throughout the country.

Please help us with a donation in order to reach as many people as possible and thus contain the spread of the virus in Ghana.

How is my godchild?

As of today, we are not aware of any cases of COVID-19 disease in our godchildren and their families. In Ghana, schools and kindergartens have been closed since March 2020. The only exceptions are currently the graduating classes of junior and senior high school. They write their final exams. The children are either in our shelter or at home with their families. In the shelter in Ho the children learn in home schooling.

Please note that letter writing is currently suspended. Our staff cannot visit the children in the different villages at the moment. The same applies to the school report cards. We all do not know how long this exceptional situation will last. We ask for your understanding and will continue to inform you as best we can on this page and in our newsletters.

Right now we need your support even more than before, because with a child sponsorship you are promoting the health care and nutrition of the children in the long term.