Basic Needs Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has presented cash grants and equipment valued GHC 59,900 to 78 vulnerable people of the Basic Needs Self Help Group (SHG) in Accra.
The beneficiaries included pregnant women and lactating mothers living with mental illness.
The equipment: deep freezers, popcorn making machines, industrial knitting machines, sewing and leather making machines are expected to be used by the beneficiaries to work and earn a living while the undisclosed cash grant is to enable them trade to support themselves and their families.
The donation was made to about seven communities in the GA West and Ayawaso East municipality under A Maternal Mental Health project supported by Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom.
Mr Sunday Atua Anaba, a project officer of Basic Needs Ghana, who donated the items to the beneficiaries urged them to ensure that the cash and equipment they have received are used for their intended purpose.
He urged them to work hard and live independent lives to ensure that they do not become a liability to their families.
Madam Charlotte Ashiboe Mensah, a member of the Teshie Camp 2 SHG, thanked Basic Needs Ghana for supporting them emotionally, psychological and also providing them with some basic necessities at all times.
She said they will work hard to help the groups to generate their own income and support themselves.
She thanked DFID -UK for extending the project to Basic Needs Ghana.
The Maternal Mental health project titled ‘Enhancing Maternal Mental Health of Pregnant Women, Mothers and their Children to Realize Maternal and Child Health in Ghana’ is an intervention to improve maternal health of pregnant women, adolescents, and newly delivered mothers in five regions of Ghana.
The project seeks to improve maternal mental health and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable women, pregnant women, and mothers in selected districts in Ghana.