Coronavirus – We help on the ground

The whole world is in an unprecedented state of emergency. The disease COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus, has already claimed many lives. We are all very worried and try to protect ourselves and our families. It is also an ordeal for many economically.
But to stop the spread of the virus throughout the world, we must work together. We are now particularly 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While many organizations have withdrawn their staff from Ghana, we remain on the ground, because Madamfo means friend and we do not abandon our friends at this crucial time!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.

Our projects – how do we continue?
Update 31.03.2020

Situation in the country
Since Monday 30.03.2020, 01.30 a.m. a partial curfew is in force in Ghana. The regions Greater Accra and Kumasi Metropolis are affected. The access roads in and out are closed and within these areas there is a curfew and lockdown.
People are only allowed to leave the house to buy essential goods. Food, markets and other important shops, such as pharmacies, remain open.
Police and military are on patrol and there are roadblocks. Everything is calm and stable.

Situation in the project areas
Especially in the health and hygiene sector, the projects are completed as quickly as possible. These areas are currently not affected by the curfew and lockdown.
Works that can be done by individual employees, such as painting, laying tiles, plumbing etc., will continue.

The participation of the villagers with communal labour is currently suspended, because even in Ghana, accumulations of large crowds are currently prohibited and we do not want to expose the villagers to any health risks.

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) 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.

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. Only prevention can save lives here!

Our emergency aid plan:

  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

The rapid implementation of the project is guaranteed by our 10 years of experience, gained e.g. in our campaign to reduce mother/child mortality and other hygiene campaigns!

You do not support any “water head” of administration here, we act and react – targeted and immediately!

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. Schools and kindergartens have also closed in Ghana. The children are either in our shelter or at home with their families. In the children’s shelter in Ho the children learn in home schooling activities now.

Please note that letter writing is currently suspended. Our staff cannot visit the children in the different villages at the moment. Apart from the children in Ho, there will probably be no letters in the next few months. 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.