Lions club international supports victims of Volta flood

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Akosombo Dam Spillage Flood
Akosombo Dam Spillage Flood

In a commendable humanitarian effort, the Lions Clubs International Foundation has stepped forward to provide crucial support to the victims of the recent Akosombo Dam Spillage Flood in the Volta Region towns of Mepe and Keta. The foundation, through its local district, Lions International District 418 – Ghana, allocated a generous grant of $10,000 to assist those affected by the devastating floods on the 20th of January 2024.

The Situation

The Akosombo Dam, a vital hydroelectric facility on the Volta River, plays a significant role in Ghana’s energy production. However, heavy rainfall and subsequent dam spillage led to severe flooding in several towns around Mepe and Keta (which were also hit by tidal waves). Homes were submerged, farmlands destroyed, and livelihoods disrupted. The affected communities are grappling with the aftermath of this natural disaster.

Lions Clubs International Foundation’s Response

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the Lions Clubs International Foundation swiftly mobilized resources to aid the flood victims. Their commitment to service and compassion for those in need exemplify the Lions’ motto: “We Serve.”

The $10,000 grant was utilized for immediate relief efforts, by providing essential items such as food, clean water, and hygiene kits to affected families.

Collaborative Efforts

Lions International District 418 – Ghana worked closely with MPs, local authorities, and community leaders to ensure efficient distribution of aid. The Lions’ support brings not just material aid, but also a message of hope and solidarity to the people of Mepe and Keta. The effort is to them that they are not alone in their struggle, and that there is a global community standing with them. This act of compassion has the potential to inspire and uplift the spirits of those affected, fostering resilience and hope for the future.

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa intimated that, “in a time where attention and support has waned from the public. This support comes at a critical time, as our communities continue to grapple with the aftermath of the flooding and work to rebuild their lives. The contribution from Lions Clubs International Foundation will be instrumental in addressing immediate needs impacted by this unfortunate disaster.”

As the communities around Mepe and Keta begin the long road to recovery, the Lions’ contribution will serve as a reminder of the power of compassion and the spirit of service that defines Lions International. 

The Member of Parliament for Keta, Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey as showed his gratitude saying, “We are happy that, amidst the hardships, there is a ray of hope shining through, as Lions International District 418 – Ghana, stepped in to offer crucial assistance to those affected in my constituency.”

This support further underscores the commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing adversity. The commitment to service and humanitarianism shines brightly, offering a glimmer of hope to those in need during this challenging period as a service organization.

“Lions serving as a helping paw in times of crisis with the donation of items worth $10,000 donation to the Akosombo Dam Spillage victims exemplifies the power of our collective action. It demonstrates the Lions’ ability to mobilize resources quickly and effectively in times of crisis, making a tangible difference in the lives of those affected.” District Governor Lion Kate Baaba Hudson ,  v    PMJF

 

Call to Action

As the flood victims face immense challenges, the Lions Clubs International Foundation urges individuals, businesses, and other organizations to join hands in supporting the relief efforts. Donations, both monetary and in-kind, can make a significant impact during this critical time. 

Let us stand together in solidarity with the resilient people of Mepe, Keta, and surrounding areas. Through collective efforts, we can bring hope and healing to those who need it most. As they continue to rebuild and recover, the support from everyone will serve as a beacon of compassion and support, embodying the spirit of humanitarianism and collective responsibility.

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