Global Alliance for Street Work, a coalition of independent and non-partisan Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to some street children and vulnerable persons in Tamale.
The gesture is to help fight the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Northern Region.
The coalition, at separate events, presented Veronica buckets, face masks, soap, tissue paper, and hand sanitizers among other things to women and children at the Northern Regional Office of the Department of Social Welfare, Tamale Children’s Home and the Tamale Bus Stop.
The donation formed part of the launch of the coalition’s COVID-19 Protective Measures and Training and Distribution of PPE to the Street Connected Children Project.
It is on the theme: “Stay Safe on Street” with support from Streetinvest, a UK-based organization.
Mr Tijani Mahmoud, the Regional Coordinator of Global Alliance for Street Work of the West African Regional Network, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the intervention was to support and complement government’s efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the project was to help educate and train vulnerable people in society, especially street children, on the need to protect themselves as they stood a higher risk of getting exposed to the disease.
He urged the beneficiaries to use the items for the intended purpose and observe all safety protocols recommended by government to help curb the spread of the virus.
One of the beneficiaries, Shamseeya Umar, a mother of six, expressed gratitude to the coalition for the intervention and urged other organisations to emulate the gesture, especially during these trying times of covid-19.
Other beneficiaries included local weavers, tailors and hair dressers.
The Global Alliance for Street Work consists CSOs such as the Centre for Development and Policy Advocacy, Muslim Family Counselling Services, Centre for Initiative Against Human Trafficking, Africa Development Organization for Migration, and Sung Foundation.