United Way Ghana is launching our Live United initiative on June 1st, focusing on rebuilding our community into a stronger, more equitable place post the COVID-19 pandemic.
While United Way Ghana has always focused on helping the most vulnerable in Ghana, working to close the divide in health, financial stability, and education, we recognize that the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic inequality has widened that gap. Our community needs to work together to reimagine and rebuild as astronger, more equitable place where we all can thrive.
Across the world, United Way has been working overtime to help communities respond to COVID-19. The $1 billion United Way raised for COVID-19 relief efforts globally is now in our communities. It helped more than 27 million people stay in their homes, feed their families, keep the lights on, and more.
Here in Ghana, our local United Way has raised GH₵ 2,006,366.51 for COVID relief and recovery. That helped more than 100,000 people stay safely in their homes, feed their families, access learning engagements, and more. But our work is not over.
We know that real recovery will take a while. More than 225 million jobs have been lost worldwide; educators and parents worry about learning loss, especially for low-income children of color, and United Ways are still fielding record requests for help. The pandemic forced businesses in Ghana to reduce wages of over 77,000 workers and caused about 42,000 layoffs. Educators and parents worry about learning loss, especially children from low-income families.
Rebuilding isn’t a matter of going back to where we were. It’s reimagining how we can be better, and building towards that – together. Help us Live United.