By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
A number of institutions, organizations and artistic groups recently benefited from a humanitarian corona emergency aid, which was put together by the German state of North-Rhine-Westphalia.
Tete Adehyemma Dance Theatre, a traditional / contemporary group based in Accra, was one of the beneficiaries owing to its continuous work with deprived kids in the city. Cactus Theatre, a partner of the group in Münster, Germany facilitated the donation to the group.
Items purchased and distributed to members of the group and their families include veronica buckets, disposable / washable face masks, sanitizers, disinfectants, soap, tissue papers, cooking oil, rice and canned tomatoes among others.
Indeed, North Rhine-Westphalia has tripled the humanitarian Corona emergency aid for Ghana. In addition to the 150,000 euros already approved in June 2020, the state government is now providing a further 300,000 Euros, which will be used for urgently needed food, water, hygiene and general health care.
“North Rhine-Westphalia is on the side of Ghana. With the emergency aid, we are helping to improve the daily lives of our Ghanaian partners and friends in this emergency situation. International solidarity and cohesion will continue to fight the virus”, said Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner Minister of European Affairs.
The second tranche of the emergency aid will support 32 projects in Ghana, which will be implemented by sponsors from North Rhine-Westphalia. The Düsseldorf-based Association Behofa Help Africa, for example, is organizing the provision of free school meals for 300 children from three villages, which had been cut off by the pandemic.
Another example is the Circle of Friends of Ghana from St. Dionysius Nordwalde, which takes care of the water supply for two schools and a community center. Other projects support the construction of wells and provision of “veronica buckets” to facilitate hand washing.
Led by Benjamin Sam with Frank Sam as the artistic director, the group evolved out of a pilot project, which the Government of Ghana initiated in 1990 to address socio-cultural needs of the youth and children in deprived communities.
Currently six of its members are pursuing tertiary, secondary and vocational education – a situation that was made possible through a collaboration with Cactus Theatre.