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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Participates in Ghana COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced an ongoing effort to address the COVID-19 pandemic. In connection with this effort and as part of the Church’s contribution towards supporting the COVID-19 relief in Ghana, on April 17, 2020, the Church donated basic necessities that will help reduce the effect of the pandemic on front line health caregivers and other service providers.

The contributed items include N95 masks, disposable facemasks, protective eye shields (with and without hats), infrared thermometers, antiseptic soap, hand sanitizer, gloves, veronica buckets and disposable paper towels. In addition to the medical supplies, the Church donated food items to feed five hundred vulnerable households.  These food items include rice, cooking oil, canned fish, tomato paste and washing soap.


Elder Edward Dube, the 1st Counselor in the Africa West Area Presidency of the Church along with Elder Hugo Martinez, 2nd Counselor in the Africa West Area Presidency were accompanied by other Church representatives when making the donation to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. Those present for the Governement were the Mayor of Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Honorable Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who introduced the other Government officials which included Honorable Kwasi Boateng Adjei, Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development; Honorabel Ishmael Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional Minister; and Mr. Seji Saji, Deputy Director General of National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).

Elder Dube recognized the local government relief efforts and indicated that the Church wants to be an effective partner in this fight to protect the citizens of Ghana. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently invited all, including those not of our faith, to fast and pray on Good Friday April 10th that the present pandemic may be controlled, caregivers protected, the economy strengthen, and life normalized. This fast this past week has impacted many people’s lives already, including those here in Ghana. These items donated today go hand in hand with this effort to minimize the pandemic.

Elder Martinez reminded all of how COVID-19 is dangerous and we should all obey the government's directives to stay home, wash hands regularly, use hand sanitizers often and wear face mask when going out.

Honorable Ishmael Ashitey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister said “I heard of this donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints only yesterday, but knowing your good works and dedication to the communities where you have built your churches, I decided to come and support and thank you for the kind gesture.”

The Honarable Kwasi Boateng Adjei, also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Church and added that it will go a long way to support their plans to begin the distribution of non-perishable dry food packages to the vulnerable.

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