IRC-Ghana, a nonprofit which works in collaboration with LDS Church, provided relief items worth $25,000 to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to be distributed to individuals in need of assistance and socially vulnerable groups. The relief assistance package will reach some 500 households, targeting widows, persons with disability (PWDs), seniors and individuals the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) program. The package included

    • 500 bags of rice
    • 104 boxes of canned mackerel
    • 83 boxes of vegetable oil
    • 104 boxes of canned tomato
    • 32 boxes of bar soap and
    • 35 cartons of carbolic soap

President of Kumasi Bantama Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Mr. Samuel Appiah said the relief assistance would complement government’s effort at supporting the needy and vulnerable who were worst impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Appiah noted that the pandemic had brought untild hardships to many people, especially the socially vulnerable. He added that, in the face of these challenges, the aim of the LDS Church was to address the needs of the people who were most in need of assistance.

Communication, Learning and Advocacy Coordinator for IRC-Ghana Mr. Abubakari Wumbei said IRC had been working with the national government and the local government in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. With the outbreak of the pandemic, Mr. Wumbei noted, that collaboration had become even the more relevant because a strong WASH system also leads to resilient systems that would be an asset in the fight against the pandemic. Mr. Wumbei noted, that the IRC therefore realigned and readjusted its plans in order to support the government in educating people to adhere to preventive protocols.

Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Kumasi Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi received the relief supplies and expressed grattitude to IRC and LDS Church for reaching out to support the socially vulnerable in the Kumasi Metropolis at a difficult time. MCE Antwi observed that IRC had been very supportive of KMA in promoting water, sanitation and hygiene in the metropolis. He called for the strengthening of the partnership with IRC now that IRC’s expertise in WASH had become even more crucial in the management of the pandemic.

Credits: – Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor | KMA FCBK