COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Ghana

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

COVID-19 cases in Ghana continue to decline. The main airport is open for international travel with strict testing requirements for all passengers. Lockdowns have been lifted in some larger cities. Church gatherings can take place for up to two hours at a time. Schools reopened in early October for junior and senior high students after seven months of closure. The country is scheduled to reopen schools fully for the other levels in January 2021.

Many Compassion child development centers in Ghana have begun holding programming again, inviting children and youth back to the center in small groups for classes, to take updated photos and to write letters. Some centers that have not reopened have been able to work with local television stations to air curriculum for students at home. Staff continues 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 66,037 food packs and 67,962 hygiene kits as well as medical support to 18,155 individuals.

COVID response in Ghana

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. Watch this video for a detailed explanation of how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion centers and how local partners are caring for each registered child during this season.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Some centers in Ghana have restarted programming, welcoming small groups of children and youth 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 66,037 food packs and 67,962 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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The day that schools closed in Ghana due to the pandemic, many students welcomed a short break from their studies. But as the weeks turned into months, students became deeply concerned.

"It became unbearable for me," says Derrick, a medical laboratory student. "I wondered, how are we going to resume university? How are we going to study? We were on the verge of completing our studies, and then COVID-19 disrupted everything."

Derrick was registered at a Compassion center near his home when he was 9 years old. Through years of hard work and the support of the staff at his center, he had been able to attend university. But now his dreams of entering the medical field seemed at risk.

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 university students would still take their final exams (with strict COVID-19 protocols), Derrick knew he had to find a way to complete his coursework.

"We had to compress four months' worth of studying into a few weeks," says Derrick. "It was extremely difficult, but we made it through by God's grace."

Now preparing for his upcoming graduation, Derrick says his 14 years of support from the Compassion center have been instrumental in his success at university. Since passing his exams, as a way of sharing his blessings, he has started mentoring sessions for children.

Margaret, director of Derrick’s center, says, "I am so proud of [Derrick]. I have watched him grow up and even though he’s exiting the program, he’s not leaving. All of our graduates will always be a part of our family here at the Compassion center."

How can I pray for Ghana?

Pray that children will be able to return to schools as they reopen and that God will provide income for their families. 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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