Bishop Jacob Ayeebo, from the Diocese of Tamale in Northern Ghana has launched an appeal with the support of the Anglican Alliance to help poor communities affected by several storms in March and April. Bishop Ayeebo is also the executive director of the Anglican Diocesan Relief and Development Organisation ADDRO.
The Ghanaian government has declared the affected areas a disaster zone; there are five dead and many injured. Vast areas of land have also been flooded, resulting in the displacement of local communities, as well as the loss of property and the loss of families livelihoods and crops. In total, more than 25,000 people have been affected. Homes and infrastructure have been severely damaged, including 12 Anglican schools and two Anglican clinics. Four churches have had their roof’s ripped off.
The circumstances are very difficult due to the already vulnerable majority of the population living below the poverty line. Natural disasters like this one are a major setback for development, especially in this region, which has been left behind from the overall progress in the rest of the country.
ADDRO has already planned to provide essential aid such as food, water, and clothing, and is designing disaster-preparedness workshops to equip and mobilise the community for the next natural event.
Further work needs to be done in order to repair the affected infrastructure of the clinics, churches and schools that have been destroyed and the Diocese of Tamale is calling for financial help to aid the church in their efforts to restore the local community.
Please respond to this emergency and follow this link to the appeal. Your prayers are also appreciated.