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Covid-19: Caritas Ghana Dialogues To Re-Integrate Vulnerable People Affected By Pandemic

By Francis Appiah || otecfmghana.com 

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1023153/covid-19-caritas-ghana-dialogues-to-re-integrate.html

CARITAS Ghana Catholic Secretariat has held a day's dialogue to facilitate and support resettlement and reintegration of vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19 pandemic in Kumasi, Ashanti regional capital.

The meeting was organized by Caritas Ghana, in partnership with Street Children Project (SCP) in Kumasi and the CARITAS of the Catholic Archdiocese, AFDOM GHANA supported by Star Ghana Foundation.

It brought together Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the three Northern Regions, Non governmental organizations (NGOs), street children and the media.

The meeting held on Thursday, August 13, 2020, discussed ways to resettle and reintegrate especially the young women who are caught up in the Covid-19 pandemic difficult situations in the cities.

It also explored possibilities for coordinated efforts to provide critical services to venerable populations most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Director of Street Children Project (SCP), Rev Sr. Olivia Umoh, outlined some of the interventions embarked, among them were mobilizing some female head porters (kayaye) to give them skills training, offering them shelter and food.

"There are many street children being catered by the SCP at the secondary education level, bearing their full financial costs. We have and also given vocation training skills to women in beads making, dress making, hair dressing among others, all at the SCP's expense," she added.

The Development Coordinator, Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi, Rev Fr. Joseph Asante, appealed to the government to implement child rights laws and policies that seek the good welfare of children to curb streetism in the country.

Some beneficiaries of Street Child Project shared their experiences with the participants.

Other facilitators of the programme were the Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana, Mr Samuel Zan Akologo and the Chief Executive Officer of AFDOM GHANA, Ahaji Aminu Munkailu.

COVID- 19 Emmergency Relief Programme 

14 July 2020

Street Children is still at it; feeding the homeless to reduce the impact of the Corona virus on the vulnerable population.  



Workshop on Educating Staff to educate the public and family on COVID-19 
03-07-2020

As avowed in her report of the 2nd Phase of response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Street Children Project (SCP) is resolute to play a lead role in complimenting the global and national efforts of government to combat the Covid-19 pandemic particularly because of its impact on the vulnerable population.

As part of her response, SCP embarked on training her staff on safety measures so they can work and stay safe; educate their families and the public at grassroots on the precautionary measures prescribed to curb the spread of the Corona Virus. SCP, considers public education as key to combating the pandemic. Additionally,

SCP intends to form some of her staff into a monitoring team to demand compliance in public spaces.

It is obvious that individuals and groups must take responsibility to curb the spread of the Corona virus. The law is not enough to fight this pandemic. Every living person and institution needs to feel and take responsibility to curtail the spread of this virus. Civil Society Organizations needs to collaborate with government if we must win this battle against COVID-19.

To further demonstrate her commitment, SCP has composed a pledge to remind her staff and volunteers and partners and collabirators, of their frontline role in fighting the Corona virus.

SCP pledge against the Corona Virus: I pledge to my God the Creator, and to the entire human family that I will do all in my power to protect myself from contracting the Corona virus and in turn protect my family, my colleagues, my friends and my neighbors by adhering to all prescribed cautions

So help us God and heal our land.


Report of Phase 2 Emmergency Relief Programme 
29-06-2020

This report covers the activities of the Phase 2 Relief Programme in response to COVID-19 pandemic as from 14th April to 31st May, 2020.

The first week of this project phase was under the lock down restriction. In preparation to embark upon this phase, we had packed dried food to reach out to over 500 persons including children in street situations, mothers on the streets, homeless persons and vulnerable families. We also had made provisions to provide hot meals for 200 persons 5 days a week for 3 months. In addition, we planned to continue to share face masks to as many as 1000 needy persons.

With the turn of event (the lifting of the luck down) after one week of the project phase, we adjusted our plans to suit the situation at hand. The lifting of the lock down was a welcome development for SCP Emergency Response Team because, our target group could move out of the slumps which provided them with sleeping place and carry out some menial jobs for money. Nonetheless, it did not deter our decision to continue to render supportive services to persons in vulnerable conditions affected by the pandemic.

You can download the report and read more on what has occured during Phase 2. 


 

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COVID-19: Protect children from child labour, now more than ever
International World Day Against Child Labor
12-06-2020 

World Day Against Child Labour 2020 focuses on the impact of crisis on child labour. The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people's lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer. The crisis can push millions of vulnerable children into child labour. Already, there are an estimated 152 million children in child labour, 72 million of which are in hazardous work. These children are now at even greater risk of facing circumstances that are even more difficult and working longer hours.

COVID-19 has plunged the world into a crisis of unprecedented scope and scale. Undoubtedly, restoring global health remains the first priority, but the strict measures required are resulting in massive economic and social shocks. As lockdown, quarantine, physical distancing and other isolation measures to suppress transmission continue, the global economy has plunged into a recession. The harmful effects of this pandemic will not be distributed equally. They are expected to be most damaging in the poorest countries and in the poorest neighbourhoods, and for those in already disadvantaged or vulnerable situations, such as children in child labour and victims of forced labour and human trafficking, particularly women and girls. These vulnerable groups are more affected by income shocks due to the lack of access to social protection, including health insurance and unemployment benefits. 

Street Children Project marked the day by sharing food to the many children out there as part of our of Emergency Relief Program.  




COVID-19 Message of the Week from Street Children Project, Kumasi

07-06-2020 

As Ghana like the rest of the world struggles to grapple with and to contain the spread of the Corona Virus pandemic, those of us who are directly involved with vulnerable populations cannot help wondering and worrying about their plights in this crisis. Although we are all at risk, certain persons face greater risk of contracting the virus. A greater weight of the impact of the pandemic falls on them. Children who live on the street, mothers who live and work with their babies on the street, persons who are homeless, families with children but very little or no income, the sick elderly poor persons, these are among the most vulnerable and worst hit by this pandemic.
Look around your environment, can you do something to ease anyone in these category or any other vulnerable condition? 
Don't just worry only about yourself, let us move beyond self and think "us" and "others". let us be each other's keeper!
Help someone outlive COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
Remember to observe the precautionary measures and teach others around you to do same:
 WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY
 WEAR FACE MASK
 KEEP DISTANCE FROM PEOPLE
 AVOID CROWDED PLACES
 OBSERVE HYGENIC/ SAFE RESPIRATORY PRACTICES
STAY SAFE!

Sr. Olivia Umoh, DC
Director of Street Children Project,
Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi


Production of Quality Face masks 

Street Children Project contributing to contain the Corona Virus with production of face masks to give out to the poor! These masks are being produced by the dressmaking trainees in the Vocational Training Centre. 7000 masks already distributed to vulnerable populations in Kumasi.  Would you like to contribute also? And protect yourself? 

Contact us and place your order! 


Street Children Project has been ranked by WACSI as the Most Active Organisation. Click on the following link to read more about it. 


Emmergency relief program continued 
05-05-2020 

Father Emmanuel Ofori spotted some destitute families within his circle and through Street Children Project Kumasi he donated some raw foods to these families at Moshie Zongo in Kumasi as part of fighting COVID-19.

Scp admonishes the public to adhere to the protocols being put in place by the World Health Organization and our local medical services(Ghana Health Service) in helping combat this virus.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

1. Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
2. Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
3. Don't touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
4. Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
5. Stay home if you feel unwell.
6. If you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Call in advance.
7. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
8. Avoiding unneeded visits to medical facilities allows healthcare systems to operate more effectively, therefore protecting you and others.


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 Programme

15-04-2020

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 
>Juliana Adu
> Isaac Akwas Nimako
>Gloria Nyako Baido
> Owusu Sarfo Kwabena
>Nurudeen Mohammed
> Rev. Fr. Richard
>Ernestina Nsiah Ababio


Future Plans
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

03-04-2020 

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 
30-03-2020 

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 
24-03-2020 

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