BISHOP ALFRED AGYENTA AND CARITAS GHANA CEO APPEAL FOR HELP FOR FLOOD VICTIMS
On 28th September in Bolgatanga of Ghana’s Upper-East Region, Caritas Ghana’s CEO Mr. Samuel Zan Akologo joined the Most Rev. Alfred Agyenta, the Bishop of Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese to appeal for more humanitarian assistance for the victims of the recent floods.
The floods were precipitated by incessant heavy rains and the spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso, North of the Upper East Region.
Most Rev. Alfred Agyenta who was speaking at a ceremony to receive donation from Caritas Ghana, lamented the seriousness of the situation. He indicated that so far eight of his rural parishes have been identified as the most hit by the disaster.
Most of the people have been displaced while others have lost their means of livelihoods and are taking temporary shelter in the Parishes and Schools.
The Diocesan Director responsible for Governance and Justice for the Navrongo-Bolgatanga diocese, Mr. Joseph Bangu to provided a brief situational report. He provided detailed statistics so far collated on the situation of victims in the eight parishes which covers seven Districts in the Upper East and North East Regions.
According to him, the available statistics covered 2,653 Households and 19,013 individuals comprising 6,197 Adults, 5,962 Children, 1,586 Women Seven has so far been recorded. 11,487 Acres of farm lands with crops have also been destroyed by the flood.
Most Rev. Alfred Agyenta noted that the full humanitarian situation is yet to fully emerge since there are potential health implications from polluted water sources from the floods and expected poor harvest that cannot sustain families into the next farming season.
He appealed for help from benevolent organizations to ameliorate the conditions of those displaced.
The donation by Caritas Ghana, Humanitarian Agency of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference was included various food items and shelter materials comprising mats, clothing and blankets estimated at GHC70,000.
A cheque for GH 10,000 was also included to procure more food items locally to supplement the deliveries from Accra by Caritas Ghana.
The CEO of Caritas Ghana, Mr. Samuel Zan Akologo thanked the Bishop for the passion and sense of mission with which his Diocese handled the humanitarian situation from their own efforts.
He appealed to Corporate Bodies to work with Faith Based Organizations like Caritas Ghana and others who have outreach at community levels to respond to the victims directly.
Mr. Zan Akologo indicated that Caritas Ghana will always adhere to the admonition of Pope Francis to never feel overwhelmed by any humanitarian situation but instead respond to it in fraternal solidarity, no matter how small the resources available.