Mother of All Nations Foundation (MOANF) in partnership with United Way Ghana, and support from Cummins Inc. Ghana, undertook a food relief project in three communities during the partial lockdown in parts of the country resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The project commenced on Monday June 22, 2020 and lasted for two weeks.
The lockdown affected the livelihoods of many individuals and households, as businesses and institutions were forced to shut down and employees were laid off by their employers in an effort to reduce the financial burden on their businesses. Because majority of Ghanaians live from “hand to mouth”, the lockdown exposed the vulnerability of many households as they struggled to maintain their source of livelihood.
The COVID-19 food relief project targeted a total of 900 vulnerable households in Ashaiman, Odorkor and Larteh Bio Korshie with each community receiving 300 boxes of food relief items. Each box (worth GHS 200) contained a 5kg bag of rice, a 5kg bag of beans, a 500ml bottle of cooking oil, a 2kg bag of sugar, 5 tins of mackerel, and 5 cans of tomato paste. In order to know the number of households who will benefit from this intervention, volunteers moved from one vulnerable household to another in each of the communities to collect data.
With support from the community leaders, assembly members and other prominent personalities, households deemed as vulnerable were selected and noted as beneficiaries.
On 29th June, 2020, the people of Ashaiman received 300 packages of food relief boxes at Chief Alhassan Memorial Islamic School (Camisco).
On the 1st of July, 2020, the distribution team was at Pacific in the Odorkor community to give out 300 boxes of food relief items to the selected homes.
The last community was Larteh Bio Korshie, Sabon Zongo at the Ojor School, where 300 vulnerable households received the packages containing the food relief items.
It was satisfying to see smiles spread across the faces of many families as they received the items. The beneficiaries thanked MOANF and United Way Ghana for coming to their aid during such a difficult time when they could not guarantee their next meal. They also expressed their gratitude to the donors, Cummins Inc, Ghana for supporting the initiative.