COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Ghana

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

The government of Ghana has begun to lift lockdowns in some larger cities, and some schools will reopen for final-year students to take exams. Social distancing is being encouraged as the number of positive cases has surpassed 20,000, and public gatherings are limited to 100 people. All borders remain closed. Beginning in June religious services began taking place with 25% attendance, with a maximum of 100 people.

All Compassion frontline church partners are closed, and therefore many activities are on hold. Some churches have been able to hold small gatherings of five people and conduct home visits while following social distancing guidelines. Centers continue to handle health screenings, emergency medical care, child protection interventions and disaster response for beneficiaries as needed. So far, they have been able to provide 14,299 food packs and 9,949 hygiene kits, as well as medical support to 5,069 individuals. Staff is providing education to beneficiaries and their families on COVID-19 prevention and personal hygiene. Some frontline churches are using innovative ways of continuing to provide lessons through video and phone calls, particularly lessons aimed at teens and young adults.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Ghana’s National Director

Hear from Gifty Dansoah Appiah, National Director of Compassion Ghana, as she shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Ghana.

Recorded: 04/30/2020

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 even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Ghana are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 14,299 food packs and 9,949 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

Shutdowns and curfews have caused many across Ghana to lose their jobs. And for families in poverty, like Amos’, the spiral downward is a quick one. When his child development center director and partner church members visited Amos and his family, they discovered that his parents were both unemployed and the family had no food.

So, with support from Compassion, they gave the family a food basket containing fish, meat, eggs, milk, beans, rice and cooking oil.

“Compassion has brought peace into my home by sponsoring just one of my children,” says Amos’ father, Joseph. “They are providing for Amos, which is a big relief. The workers at the church are so fair and kind. Thank God for [them].”

How can I pray for Ghana?

This month, will you join us in praying for the people of rural Ghana, who have little access to medical care? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Ghana
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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