The hope of better days to come
Most centers within the country provide relief in the form of food baskets to families who are in specific need from time to time. However, in recent months, many more families are looking to local church partners for assistance.
“Many families are facing hardships and they have called on us to help. We’ve spoken to the Compassion Ghana office, and we are hoping to resume sharing food baskets soon.”
For Abigail and her son Raphael, that news has brought some hope. “When the center provides food baskets, it’s a huge relief for us. Food is our most pressing need, because we have to feed four children daily. With the food baskets we receive from Compassion, we have peace of mind for a few weeks. We don’t go borrowing and so we have relief from being harassed by food sellers because we defaulted in repaying. The children are happy, and we are also happy.”
For Raphael, Saturday is the best day of the week — a day to play with his friends, learn new Bible stories and, of course, eat something nutritious and delicious.
“I’m happy when we go to the center on Saturdays,” says Raphael. “We play football and learn about the Word of God. They give us food too, and the food is always delicious. Sometimes, too, Compassion gives us food items. I’m happy when we receive them.”
Ghanaians expect to see a continual rise in food prices in the coming months. More families will be thrown into survival mode. But Compassion centers across the country hope to do more for the families as they support the most vulnerable.
“We hope to give more food baskets,” says Godwin. “With adequate funding, we hope we can even provide these food baskets on a monthly basis to the families.”
In the struggle to feed her children, Abigail says she is grateful for the partnership of the local church and the Compassion center. With typical optimism, she holds out hope for better times.
“We are grateful for Compassion’s help over the years,” says Abigail. “Even though we are facing issues with food, we know it could be worse. Compassion takes care of school fees and supplies and even pays for medical bills. Imagine the burden on us if this was not the case! We are grateful and look forward to better days.”