Covid- 19 Update
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Easter Message from Street Children project
International Day for Street Children 2020
The International Day for Street Children has been celebrated globally since 2012, to recognises the dignity, humanity and defiance of street children in the face of unimaginable hardships. As orgisation we want to rally governments and individuals worldwide to work together to ensure their rights are protected no matter where they live, who they are and even more so in the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the unprecedented need for safety for street children. In the face of lockdowns and curfews, street children aroudn the world are struggling to get money to buy food, being rounded up into crowded detention centres, losing access to shelters or only able to access ones that are becoming overcrowded and unsafe. In 2020, we concentrate on Step 2: 'Protect Every Child'. Join us in calling for safety and protection for street children.
Street Children Project is celebrating the International Day for Street Children under the theme : "Demand Safety & Protection for Street Children"
The theme Safe Spaces- an issue that has become even more pressing during the COVID-19 pandemic as street-connected children and homeless youth around the world struggle to figure out what curfews and lockdowns mean for them. For many, drop-in centres and shelters that they relied on are closing down, the streets are being heavily policed to enforce curfews, and for those who have homes that they can return to, it may mean returning to an unsafe environment where they are subjected to violence and abuse.
Not only are street children among the most vulnerable children on the planet - deprived of basic needs like food and shelter and disproportionately targeted by violence - but they are now even more at risk of falling ill, and being penalised for not having somewhere safe to go when populations are being put on lockdown.
We are asking the Government of Ghana the following:
1. Provide shelter for street children to safely self-isolate, and not to punish them for having nowhere else to go
2. Make sure street children have access to essential services
3. Provide information on how to stay safe during the pandemic
Due to the lockdown with travel restrictions, school being closed, social gatherings banned etc, the planned activities to mark this day have been postponed. With the following video we are asking the President and government of Ghana to provide safe places for street children!
Kindly help us share this video!#Safespaces for streetchildren
Report of Phase 1 of Emergency Relief Programme15-04-2020
The word "pandemic" was once known during the "Spanish Flu" of 1918-1920, has resurfaced and now viral because of Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) as declared by the World Health Organization, WHO. Covid-19 is a "global threat" as the statistics as at this writing indicates that over 1. 4 million people across the globe are infected by it.
This pandemic has caused pangs of pain and heartbreaks, causing constant death tolls and daily spread. As at this writing, 184 of the 195 countries of the world have people infected by Covid- 19. The scourge is unbearable as it cuts across human losses and economical plummets. Indeed, this has changed the world, but no one knows if it is for the better or worse.
The hard times of today has seen governments of the world, Ghana included, adopting preventive measures to curb the spread of the virus in their respective countries. Among these measures is lockdown, another word in vogue. Following the directives from WHO, our Ghanaian government has imposed lockdown on cities deemed Covid-19's hotspot like the Greater Kumasi, Greater Accra, Tema and Kasoa while encouraging people in the country to Stay Home.
Lockdown has adversely affected many people especially the vulnerable in the society including our target group (i.e. street connected children and young women) whose means of survival is to do menial jobs like carrying loads (head potters) popularly known in the local dialect as "Kayayei", assistant to food vendors, and serving as bus drivers mate etc. Words cannot describe these difficulties.
In our attempt to help, SCP designed an Emergency Relief Programme to solicit for funds and other donations such as foodstuffs as an urgent response to assist the people greatly affected by the lockdown, especially children in street situation and other poor/homeless families. To this effect, our organization since the 2nd April, 2020 has been providing food (dried and cooked), medicines, water, toiletries etc., to over 300 hundred street connected /homeless children, mothers and families affected by the lockdown in different locations of Kumasi namely, Bombay, Asafo, Dagombaline and Aboabu, etc. We are relentless about this course and will continue to provide the basic necessities at our reach to them.
In conclusion, we are grateful to our benefactors, donors, and the general public for their support towards this Emergency Relief Programme in support of the vulnerable. We cannot thank enough our donors who committed their scarce resources to enable us serve the vulnerable in our midst. Thanks to our Management and Staff who through their committed dedication made this exercise a reality. Our staff made it a risk worth taking. God bless you! It is our prayer that God will save the world from this perilous pandemic.
Lastly, we enjoin the general public to kindly support the Street Children Project to champion this course by reaching out to more vulnerable people in this critical time.
Please, kindly contact Sr. Olivia Umoh on 0540264454 and 0244881844 for a donation
in Cash through the mobile number above and in Kind. "Feed the Hungry and Save a
life." Together we do more!
This Project is carried out by Street Children Project, Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi in partnership with Adamfo Ghana Charity, Netherlands.
Donors to this Project include:
> Adamfo Ghana
> Caritas Ghana (through the National Catholic Secretariat Accra)
> Barrister Nana Konadu
> Bernice Osei
> Peter Adjei
> Isaac Akwas Nimako
>Gloria Nyako Baido
> Owusu Sarfo Kwabena
> Rev. Fr. Richard
>Ernestina Nsiah Ababio
We plan to continue this relief programme for the next two weeks of the lockdown after which we would assess the situation and plan further response accordingly. For the phase 2 of this programme, we would continue the provision of hot meals to 50 needy persons and provision of dried food to 550 street connected children, women and family. Hoping we would access support from the government allocation and would continue to get support from our present and new donors.
Phase 2 of this project covers the period from 14 to 30 April 2020.
By Sr. Olivia Umoh
Director of Street Children Project, Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi
Interview with Sr. Olivia Umoh on the Emergency Relief Programme
Hosted by CAK Media
The Emergency Relief Programme has been set up to assist the thousands vulnerable street children, youth and families in Kumasi, during the lockdown period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Story of Hope - Emergency Relief Services for vulnerable persons and families
The last few weeks have been incredibly hard for all of us and we know you are all struggling in your own different ways as the coronavirus outbreak continues. But among all the trauma, Street Children Project staff are working hard to keep reaching the children and other vulnerable people that need us now more than ever. Here are stories of hope and resilience from the field that we want to share with you.
Kumasi is now under lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are the vulnerable in the society who would find it hard to get a meal a day with this two- weeks shutdown.
As such Street Children Project, Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi has set up an Emergency Relief Programme for the vulnerable (streetconnected/ homeless children, mentally ill persons by the road site, and identified destitute families) to provide meals, toiletries, and other essentials during the lockdown period. This is in the bid to offer needed support to our targetgroup and also collaborate with governement's effort to the vulnerable in this pandemic crisis.
Staff and volunteers of Street Children Project started on 2nd April 2020 to reach out to the most vulnerable. Together with a representative of KMA, the media house of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi (CAKTV) they embarked on this action. Children, families and other youthes where touched by this initiative of Street Children Project.
"The day was amazing. The experiences brought tears to our eyes but joy that we could bring relieve."- Sr. Umoh, Project Director. The organisation will next week continue to give hope to the vulnerable in Kumasi.
We wish to say 'Many thanks to our donors who contributed to make this program a successful one' Anyone who wishes to contribute towards this course should kindly contact Sr.Olivia Umoh on +233 540 264445 and +233 244 881844 both cash and kind donations are welcomed. Cash donation can also be sent to through mobile money on the above mentioned contacts or you can donate here to our bankaccount.
The broadcasting by CAK media can be followed throug the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiGPvq1k964
Below an overview of the actions undertaken so far by the Staff of Street Children Project
Relief programme- COVID 19
Since the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, many countries have adopted restrictive measures including orders to self-isolate at home, curfews, quarantines and lockdowns. As the number of cases in Ghana is still rising the President of Ghana has ordered the lockdown of three cities and two townships to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country. One of these cities includes Kumasi. Despite the lockdown there is still much we can do for the most vulnerable in the society. Will you stand with us?
You can also check out our Donatepage if you want to transfer money through our bankaccount.
SCP statement on COVID-19
It is one week since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the number of cases continues to soar around the world. Hundreds of millions of children are not in school. Borders have been closed, lives have been upended. As the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak across the world increases every day we know it is a very worrying time for everyone. We at Street Children Project Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi want to reassure you that as a charity we're doing our best to adapt to new and complex situations without losing sight of our role in keeping some of the world's most vulnerable children safe.
We are quickly responding to fast-moving situations and will continue to do whatever we can in line with official advice. The Day Care Centre has been closed, events and meetings have been postponed and some approaches on our work have been changed.
Now more than ever, we count on you donors to continue supporting our mission for those with nothing and no one- despite these difficult times. We won't stop working to reach and protect the children that you have been so generously supporting. Together we can still keep them safe.
For more information and updates on the COVID- 19 including guidance for children, families and schools visit the following websites https://ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/ or https://www.presidency.gov.gh/index.php/briefing-room/news-style-2
Thank you for your continuous support!
Kumasi Street Children Project Team