Project #197 | COVID-19 Preparedness in Ghana
Our partnership with Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI)
COVID-19 has posed one of the most urgent health, economic, and social crises Ghana has faced in decades and has the potential to erode development gains made over recent years. Specifically, the education system has been massively disrupted after the shift to “home-school environments,” due to the fact that many do not have access to the internet, learning materials, or virtual teaching methods. It is imperative to strengthen preparedness to the threat of COVID-19 in rural Ghana, especially among high-risk individuals or groups already vulnerable due to economic or educational disparities, such as the elderly, women and girls, school children, people with disabilities, people who cannot read and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
One Day’s Wages partnered with Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI) to implement the Safe Villages Project – a 12-month multifaceted strategy that saved lives and helped villages prepare for the health, educational, and economic consequences that they were confronted with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we are protecting school students and providing critical information and services to vulnerable people through trusted channels of communication in a responsive, empathetic, consistent, and transparent manner. This collaboration will prevent misinformation and rumors regarding COVID-19 through proactive two-way communication channels and engagement with rural populations.
Our Collective Impact
People Supported Through Hand-Washing Stations
People Educated Through Public Health Messages
Students Supported Through Distance Learning
Meet Samuel Akwabeng
“During the lockdown last year, schools in Humjibre were closed for months, and due to this many students in the community were not learning. My son Stephen’s performance in school had been low for a few years. To build his literacy skills, he was enrolled in GHEI’s Early Childhood Literacy (ECL) Programme. Initially, during school closure and suspension of ECL classes, I was worried since he was not learning. However, I was very happy to see that ECL classes were held using a mobile phone. Stephen adjusted well to this new form of teaching and would eagerly look forward to the classes. I was interested in ensuring that my child continued to learn properly. I regularly called the teachers to understand how the classes were going and what I could do to support the classes as a parent. While going to work, I willingly left my mobile phone at home so that Stephen could continue to keep learning. After successfully graduating from the program, Stephen’s school performance has improved. I am grateful to the teachers and supporters for helping my child. GHEI’s home learning intervention during COVID-19 is inspiring.”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our clean water fund.