750 head porters in Accra received relief items from NGO

Story by Carlos Afanou

More than 750 vulnerable people living in and around the Central Business District of Accra have received relief items from Good Neighbours Ghana; a South Korean based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), under its emergency livelihood support programme.

Mainly made-up of kayayei (head potters), each beneficiary took home a five kilogramme bag of Ghana rice, one kilogramme of gari, sugar, one litre of Frytol cooking oil and five pieces of 70gramme tin tomato paste.

In addition, they were provided with hygiene frills such as antiseptic soaps, hand sanitisers and reusable nose masks.

At a ceremony in Accra to present the items, the Country Representative of Good Neighbous, Mr Ilwon Seo, said the Good Neighbours International, was a humanitarian and development NGO working in 36 countries and had been operating in Ghana since 2016.

He said even though its project was in the area of mobile health, which was being undertaken in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service, Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), USAID and Samsung, there was the need to support the vulnerable due to the impact of COVID-19.

Mr. Seo said kayayei, who were mostly homeless female head porters, constituted one of the most vulnerable groups in the capital and required attention.

He explained that with the pandemic expected to last for several months there was the urgent need to support such groups to ensure their livelihoods were not disrupted.

“This pandemic is expected to last several months at least during the year of 2020. Thus, there is an urgent need to support this group’s livelihood in the mid-long term perspective including basic hygiene awareness promotion as well as food distribution,” Mr Seo said.

He explained that the relief items which was being distributed in batches comprised of food and items and hygiene needs.

“Our relief activity is in the form of distribution of living items with hygiene education to prevent people from attracting COVID-19.
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