COVID-19 in Ghana OUR RESPONSE

I founded Porridge and Pens nearly 10 years ago after a volunteer experience in Ghana. It was then that I met Mabel, an orphan house girl trapped in the predicament of modern-day slavery. With the odds against us we became true friends, like sisters and embarked on a journey to find her freedom.

Somehow, we succeeded and for the past seven years, Mabel has lived free and happy.  That encounter was the start of everything for Porridge and Pens. Now, 10 years down the line, we have a small charity supporting over 200 children every single day.

I’m absolutely devastated at the thought of losing everything we have worked so hard to build.

We have had to cancel all our fundraising events and some of our regular sponsors have needed to stop their monthly contributions due to very tough times in our own country.

As a result of COVID-19, Porridge and Pens Ghana has launched an immediate appeal after receiving the news that Ghana has been placed into lockdown.  Our 200+ children, who usually receive their free school meals, have lost this regular access to food as a result. All our children’s families live below the poverty line, most living without electricity, free water or transportation. They bring home a day’s earnings and feed the children from it. They will not be able to continue living hand to mouth. Children’s parents cannot go to work. This has left me incredibly fearful for the children’s lives. I have no idea how some children will eat; my greatest fear is that some children won’t return to school when this is all over because they will have suffered so greatly from hunger.  Food prices have risen drastically over the past two weeks and our families have no money to stock up on food for more than a day at a time.

We have one chance to do something about this. Since Porridge and Pens is a charity distributing food, the Ghanaian government will allow us to distribute necessities after the lockdown is in place. We still need to pay our Ghanaian staff their wages but on top of this we need to fund a crisis feeding programme for children and their families. This will cost an awful lot more than our usual school feeding programmes. At school we buy and cook on mass, which helps to reduce costs. We can’t do this now.  Our support will also extend to the families greatly increasing costs.

I’m asking that if you can help, in any way at all, you might consider supporting Porridge and Pens at this time.

You can donate any amount on our donate page

You can also watch my video update here: https://youtu.be/G_cRM6gUKEM

Thank you and we hope you and your family stay healthy during this time.

All the best,
Jemma
Charity Founder

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