Since last October the government has closed national borders and all the schools in the country. According to the World Health Organization currently Ghana is facing this pandemic with approximately 87.000 confirmed cases and 691 deaths. The government has limited the diffusion of information on infection containment strategies: on one hand because of the electoral campaign and on the other hand because Covid-19 tests are really expensive (more than the half of the average salary of an employee) and few people can afford them. Nevertheless, our local partners report that the strong actions of the government in response to this pandemic have allowed to relatively contain the infections.
However, the diffusion of the virus had a relevant impact on the economic sector. According to the International Monetary Fund the growth rate of 2020 will drop in 2021, worsening the conditions of the poorest sections of the population.
Because of the national closure of all the schools since October and all the government restrictions, “CASA ITALIA”- which hosts 19 disable and non-disable children- has been closed to the visitors. Although this though choice makes it harder to receive donations (in particular food), this decision has avoided infections inside the centre and all the children and the staff are fine. Also the isolated position of CASA ITALIA (quite far from towns) has helped to limit the spread of the virus and in Kwamoso Village no case has been registered.
In order to maintain the ”school rhythm” and not to lose this school year, our local partners have hired a teacher that has followed all 19 children delivering classes in the garden of CASA ITALIA. It has been really challenging but all the children have spent a joyful Christmas time. Since January the schools have reopened and 12 of the 19 children hosted have started to attend classes with a lot of enthusiasm. Moreover, a new dedicated room to play, read or watch movies has been open.
All the activities in centre are continuing also thanks to your constant and precious support. Together with our local partners we will keep on working always by the side of the most vulnerable children of Kwamoso!
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