Executive Director of the Tiyumba Hope Foundation, Miss Fadila Fuseini (middle) with some of the beneficiary Widows

The Tiyumba Hope Foundation, a non-profit making organization operating in Northern Ghana has shared dried food items and sugar to poor widows and underprivileged individuals in the Fooshegu and Datoyili communities in the Tamale metropolis.

The donation is to support the livelihood of the impoverished families as the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The exercise falls within the three core values and mission of the organization, which is providing hope to the hopeless, education and discipline. 

The group predominantly is made up of healthcare workers and therefore they used the opportunity to educate the rural women on the signs and symptoms, causes and preventions of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The impact of the organization’s outreach was massive because it was the first time any public or private institution visited these people to sensitized them on the crisis.

Residents of Kambonayili in the Fooshegu community said it is only through radio announcement that, they get information about the disease and no official has been to the village to engage them.

Speaking to thecustodianghonline.com, Executive Director of the Foundation, Miss Fadila Fuseini said she was impressed with the turnout and participation of women in the community. 

She noted the women have become ambassadors of Tiyumba Hope Foundation to continue the education among their families and peers in the community.

The Executive Director stated the items given to the families are aimed at boosting their morale and to keep their faith alive in this season of global pandemic. 

She commended the communities for the overwhelming reception.

Madam Fadila said the Tiyumba Hope Foundation has done several community outreaches and health screenings through their personal contributions and thereby, appealed to multinational NGOs to support them with funds to implement more charitable programmes in the north.

The dried food items and sugar shared to the poor widows and underprivileged individuals in the Fooshegu and Datoyili communities in the Tamale metropolis

“Our target is supporting women and children, widows, disable and less privileged in the society and at this challenging moment we just want to do something little to support them because these are trying times and it is difficult for the impoverished inhabitants”, she explained.

Meanwhile, a fellow healthcare worker with the foundation, Mr. Bukari Issahaku observed the communities adopted their own innovative ways to practice hand washing due to lack of adequate Personal Protection Equipment in the rural communities and said this was not encouraging in promoting good hygiene.

He stated this has the tendency to re-contaminate them though their primary aim was to wash their hands and be safe from infections. 

Mr. Bukari further described as unfortunate the inability of officials to reach out to these deprived areas to educate them on COVID-19 disease.

For his part, Assembly for the area, Ibrahim Baba thanked the Tiyumba Hope Foundation for the gesture and education and called for more support to mitigate the suffering of the people.