COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Ghana

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

In Ghana, the rate of COVID-19 infection is decreasing, with an average of 70 cases being reported per day. As of April 5, the country of 29.3 million had administered 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, enough to fully immunize 0.8% of the population. Wearing of face masks is required in public spaces.

Many Compassion child development centers are cautiously inviting children and youths back in small groups for classes, to take updated photos and to write letters. 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 over 208,500 food packs and 176,600 hygiene kits, as well as medical support to over 72,000 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?

Many centers in Ghana have restarted programming, welcoming small groups of children and youths on a rotating basis. 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 over 208,500 food packs and 176,600 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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New Fadama, a community in the southern region of Accra, Ghana’s capital, is what is known as a “Zongo” community – an informal settlement with no basic amenities or infrastructure and high levels of illiteracy, crime and teen pregnancies. The only school in the entire community is the local public school. Like many government schools, it is underfunded and understaffed, and students attend simply as a formality.

“The average youth in New Fadama is more focused on making money than on education. To them, school is a burden,” says Theo, who works at a Compassion center in the community. When the Compassion child development center opened here 14 years ago, it faced an uphill battle, especially in its mission to champion education. Staff members began providing children with school fees and education materials like books and backpacks.

When COVID-19 hit, crowded communities like New Fadama faced a greater risk of an outbreak, and families were deeply impacted by curfews and lockdowns. Additionally, children quickly fell behind in school, threatening all of the progress the center had made.

When the quarantine restrictions eased and things slowly returned to normal in the country, the center rallied and organized tutoring classes at the center to help children catch up on the education they had missed.

“When things started coming back to normal, we started organizing free classes at the center,” says Theo. “While older children volunteered to teach the younger classes, the project hired professional teachers to come in and teach the higher grades.”

The success of the center's efforts is evident in their graduates and older students. Today, Salamatu is a 20-year-old law student who was able to keep up with her studies during the pandemic. She joined the program when she was 6 years old. “I remember I was always sacked from school because I was owing school fees and food was sometimes a problem at home,” says Salamatu. "When I joined Compassion, all that stopped. I always had books and my fees were always paid on time. The burden on my family was also reduced because the resources that would have been spent on me were directed towards my six other siblings.”

How can I pray for Ghana?

Please pray for safety for frontline church partners and children as they come back together at Compassion centers. Ask God to uplift their spirits during these difficult times. 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 COVID-19 Relief Fund
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