Project #197 | COVID-19 Preparedness in Ghana

Our partnership with Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI)

COVID-19 was one of the most urgent health, economic, and social crises Ghana had faced in decades. As the number of people contracting COVID-19 continued to rise in Ghana, so did the risk to people living in rural areas. The epidemic posed an imminent threat to populations who had inadequate access to health services, limited capacities and opportunities to cope and adapt, and limited or no access to technology. COVID-19 had the potential to erode development gains made over many years prior. It also disrupted the education system in Ghana. With no centralized plan in place, students in rural communities were left without access to learning materials, internet, or virtual teaching methods. Many facets of the crises were only exaggerated for 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 which helped villages prepare for the health, educational, and economic consequences that would confront them as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we helped protect school students and safeguard their interests as well as provide critical information and services to vulnerable people. Our partnership worked with 15 rural communities in Ghana, directly benefiting more than 100,000 at-risk people. 


Our Collective Impact

Hand-Washing Stations in 12 Villages

Teachers Trained

Students Supported Through Distance Learning

Meet Samuel

“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.

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