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Opinions Fri, 18 Sep 2015

Icare Project Brief

On June 3rd 2015, the strongest storm in recent history hit Ghana’s capital, Accra which resulted in flooding and an aftermath of a devastating fire outbreak at the Goil Petrol station close to Kwame Nkrumah circle. Hundreds of people, unable to make it home to their loved ones that evening, sought shelter at the Goil station; unfortunately, a massive fire broke out leaving hundreds of people dead in its wake. The disaster of the flood and Fire has left people homeless forcing them to sleep in the street and leaving them with an uncertain future. Water borne diseases are on an increase which has raised major concerns about the existing environmental sanitation controls. The rain storms which we experience every year cannot be controlled but the level of flooding can be limited. Our drainage system has been one of the major causes of the flooding; choked gutters from littering, gutters being used as waste sites etc.

We have a long way to go, with the enormous task of creating a sustainable behaviour change with our environmental practices but in the meanwhile, let us do all we can to make the lives of the flood and fire victims comfortable.

The ICARE Project founded by Catherine Vaughan-Williams will be hosting a concert on the 4th December 2015 called “A Night of Opera” at the storied and resplendent St Mary’s Abbot Parish church with singers from the Royal Academy of Music performing well known operatic arias and ensembles with the funds raised from sales ticket and donations to be used to facilitate a number of programmes to support the flood and fire victim’s short term goals.

Our mission statement: To raise funds to support the flood victims short term goals and basic needs.

Columnist: Icare