What a month May has been!
Wondering what's happening with Change For Ghana?
Recently we were sadly informed that the JayNii Streetwise Orphanage has been demolished as part of works taking place for a new fishing harbour. Earlier this year, we informed you all about how we supported JayNii Streetwise over the Christmas break with a very necessary wall project.
You can find out more about the current situation with JayNii and ways that you can support on our blog.
Ataaso Project - #ProjectSanitation
We are currently undertaking the Ataaso Project as part of #ProjectSanitation.
Ataaso is a remote village in the Kwahu West Municipal District, with a population of around 1,800. At the moment, locals must walk approximately 3-5 miles to the neighbouring village for their nearest source of clean safe drinking water. In particular, teenage girls and women have been disproportionately burdened with the task of fetching water from the neighbouring villages. As a result, many girls in the village are no longer able to attend school once they are 12 years old due to the task of having to fetch water.
Currently, when not possible to get water from the local villages, the Ataaso community resort to a local filthy water stream which due to weather conditions will soon be dried out. The community elders visited the commemoration our previous Ntawadua water project last year and have appealed for us to help them, as access to clean safe drinking water is a major issue faced by those residing there.
We would like to support the community of Ataaso by providing them with access to an immediate source of clean drinking water with aims of reducing water-borne diseases, whilst also aiming to reduce the burden on young women in the village to encourage them to finish school
Find out more about this project on our website.
Please note donations from our digital events such as movie nights and workshops hostd will be going towards the Ataaso water project. You can also support by becoming a single donor or a monthly donor.
As of May 25th, there have been 6,808 confirmed cases, 2,070 recoveries and 32 deaths.
Despite the travel ban, the government granted permission for the deportation of over 200 Ghanaians illegally residing in Kuwait. Government officials have been quick to add that despite this, it does not mean that the government’s decision on international air travel is reversed. It was also added that those who arrived will be quarantined as per the standard protocols. The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, also stated that “we are still analysing the data on the number of Ghanaians who are stranded outside and we will treat them on a cohort by cohort basis should there be a need to evacuate them."
Ghana continues to be commended on its approach to the pandemic, especially as it was announced that President Nana Akufo-Addo all health-care workers in Ghana would receive a 50 percent raise on top of income tax waivers. This has been viewed as some of the globe’s most generous benefits offered in support of healthcare workers.
A GH¢1 billion Coronavirus Alleviation Programme Business Support Scheme was launched on the 19th of May to provide micro, small and medium-scale businesses around the country with funds. It is anticipated that 180,000 people will be eligible for the scheme. President Akufo-Addo urged all of those who are eligible to use the funds for their intended purpose to help grow the Ghanaian economy once again.
On May 22nd Ghana President Akufo-Addo swore into office Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga and Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu as Justices of the Supreme Court. The swearing in of the latter, Justice Tanko Amadu means that this is the first time that a Muslim has been appointed to the highest court of Ghana.
(Source: Washington Post, All Africa, Ministry of Information Ghana)