June typically marks the middle of the "rainy" season in Ghana, West Africa. Unfortunately, on June 3, 2015, a flood
of epic proportions hit the capital city. It was a flood like nothing they have ever experienced. Not only are there many deaths due to flooding and fires but so many have been displaced because of the flooding.
For those that have never travelled to Accra, the center of the city (a small part) might look similar to something you see in any large American city. However, take steps outside of the city and you will see extreme poverty.
Many cook outside over small coal stoves. The floods now made that impossible not only because of the water but because many had their stoves washed away. Many make their living peddling goods on the street. Those goods were washed away in the storm as well as the shoes that protect their feet from the scorching asphalt and sand. Many go to work doing manual labor but can't because their tools were washed away. Women are commonly seen with beautiful fabrics wrapped around their waist. These fabrics are to help with modesty as they work outside all day and have no private place to relieve themselves. Those cloths are gone. Schools lost all of their supplies. Those supplies are simple paper composition notebooks that the students' purchase themselves. Most of which don't have the money to replace. If you don't have your supplies, you will more than likely be caned or not allowed to attend.
June 25th, I will be travelling to Accra to help replenish some of these supplies. Ghana has no relief agencies working to help the victims and of course there is no such thing as flood insurance. The funds raised here will be spent directly in Accra. It is important to invest money back into the Ghanaian economy. Families, schools, and individuals have been identified who can directly benefit from having their supplies re-purchased for them. I will personally be purchasing the supplies and delivering to the families/individuals. In addition to having identified families/individuals, I will hold back a small amount of money to help as the need arises in country. There is always a child with malaria who needs medication or a wound that needs stitching up but can't be done until a bill is paid in full.
For those that feel led, please consider donating. Many of these items cost just a few dollars but are literally a lifeline for many people. Can you imagine being a carpenter and not having any tools to go to work? What about a woman who sells fish by the roadside but has no shoes to wear? An artist who paints portraits in the market but no longer has paint or brushes?
The people of Ghana are the hardest working, most passionate people I have ever encountered. Perhaps that is why I continue to return. Their joy for life is infectious!
Thank you for your support.