The Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund has supported 10,000 Kayayei in Accra and Kumasi with 140,000 food packs and other essentials to lessen the effects of the two-week lockdown due to the spread of the virus.
The Private Sector Fund fed Kayayei with one hot meal a day for the past two weeks in communities like Darkuman, Madina, Agbogbloshie, Ashaiman, Tema Station, Bantama, Anyaano, Moshie Zongo, Daaban Station. In addition to hot meals, the beneficiaries were educated on COVID-19 and preventive measures to be taken against the disease.
According to a statement issued by the Fund, “in line with the mission of the Fund, the project was a prompt intervention to help alleviate the socio-economic challenges faced by the Kayayei.”
The statement said the Fund will now focus its efforts on three main projects: “Feed-the-Frontline – providing meals for our hardworking health professionals, Protect and Resource the Frontline – delivering much-needed personal protective equipment to hospitals treating and caring for the COVID-19 patients and the construction of a 100-bed isolation and treatment facility at the GA East Hospital which serves as the National COVID-19 Treatment Centre.”
“We want to encourage all Ghanaians to support the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund to provide a prompt response in the fight against COVID-19,” the statement added.
The Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund was established by 10 private businessmen and women to raise GH¢100million to complement the government’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The 10 trustees have each donated GHC1million into the fund.