REPORT ON THE EMERGENCY COVID-19 RELIEF PROJECT AT ASIKASU-ODUMASI ON THE 21ST OF AUGUST,, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging health systems across the world. Rapidly increasing demand for care of people with COVID-19 is compounded by fear, misinformation and limitations on the movement of people and supplies that disrupt the delivery of front line health care for all people. When health systems are overwhelmed and people fail to access needed services, both direct mortality and indirect mortality from preventable and treatable conditions increase.
This research called for an urgent need to partner with The Church at Rancho Bernardo, San Diego again to reach out to the people of Asikasu-Odumasi in the Eastern region of Ghana.
On the 21st of August, 2021, our team together with some partners including the Board Chairman of Meaningful Life U.S.A, Dr. and Mrs Ken Lens embarked on this important outreach at the community of Asikasu-Odumasi. Upon our arrival, we were welcomed by the natives who were all excited for the day’s activities. The program commenced with an opening prayer, praises and worship by the local Assemblies of God church and the welcome address was done by the pastor, Rev. John Osei. Rev. Godwin Ahlijah (Ph.D.), the C.E.O of Meaningful Life International in his address explained the purpose of the outreach and encouraged the people to keep their trust in the Lord in these difficult times. He was full of praise to the Church at Rancho Bernardo for heeding to the call to come on board to partner MLI to organize this outreach. He thanked the leadership and members of the Church for their generosity and love towards God and humanity.
Dr. Lenusia Ahlijah educated the community on the Covid-19 pandemic and its preventive measures. She encouraged them to observe the covid-19 protocols by observing social distancing, regular hand washing and personal hygiene among others.
We provided food packages to over 100 families which consist of 5 kilo bags of rice, a 5-liter bottle of oil, hand sanitizers, and face masks. We also distributed hand sanitizers and face masks to over 400 people who gathered for the program. It was heart-warming to see the joy on their faces as we distributed the items to them.
A total of over 400 individuals directly benefited from this outreach to the glory of God. Programs such as this are a great way to bring people together, to serve and share blessings and to give hope. Through these outreaches, we know that in our own way, we are providing hope and new opportunities for our less-fortunate brethren.
Proverbs 22:9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.