COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Ghana

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

As of July 16, Ghana is averaging around 244 cases of COVID-19 per day, a large increase from the average of 31 recorded in June. The country has administered over 1.2 million doses of the vaccine to its 29.3 million people, enough to fully immunize 2% of the population, up from 1.4% in May. Hospitals in Ghana do not have the capacity to serve their communities, so the pandemic has hit the country’s health infrastructure hard.

The majority of Compassion child development centers are meeting in small groups to hold classes, take updated photos and write letters, while a few have been able to resume normal activities. Some centers have been able to work with local radio stations to air curricula for students at home. Others make home visits and phone calls to check on children and their families. Staff continue to handle health screenings, emergency medical care, child protection interventions and disaster response for beneficiaries as needed. So far, staff members have been able to provide more than 233,000 food packs and over 216,500 hygiene kits, as well as medical support to almost 98,000 individuals.

COVID response in Ghana

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Ghana?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Ghana, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Centers in Ghana have restarted programming and welcoming small groups of children and youths on a rotating basis, with a few centers able to fully resume normal activities. Staff members also continue to make phone calls and conduct home visits. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute more than 233,000 food packs and over 216,500 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

When school in Ghana first closed, economics student Mawufemor was excited for a short break from her studies. But as the weeks turned into months, she began to wonder how she would ever finish her studies and graduate. Most Ghanaian students can't afford the internet connection required for streaming online classes, and most institutions aren't properly equipped to facilitate online education. However, when the president of Ghana announced that students would still sit their final exams (with strict COVID-19 protocols), Mawufemor had both the resources and support of the church to keep moving ahead.

Mawufemor says the 14 years of support from the Compassion center have been instrumental in her success at university, and it was what kept her going in her studies. Despite the pandemic, she is determined to keep working, not letting her time at the center go to waste.

"[At the Compassion center] I found myself surrounded by kids who wanted more out of life," says Mawufemor. “The staff encouraged us to aspire to greater things, showing us that young girls don't have to get pregnant and young boys don't have to join gangs. That was when I started thinking about what I could do with my life. My dreams began to take shape after I joined the center.”

How can I pray for Ghana?

Please pray for centers in Ghana as they prepare to reopen and welcome children to a clean, healthy environment where they can learn and grow. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Ghana
Give to Compassion's Critical Program Needs Fund
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