Tamale, Jan. 23, GNA - Coca Cola Ghana Limited has given 10,000 dollars to the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs (MOWAC) to buy relief items for distribution to women and children affected by floods that hit parts of northern Ghana in September last year. The relief items made up of 80 bags of rice, 80 bags of maize, six bales of children's clothing and 20 boxes of key soap are to be distributed to some communities in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions.
Hajia Alima Mahama, the MOWAC Minster, said this when she presented the items to the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) in Tamale on Wednesday.
The Minister said for the Northern Region communities to benefit are Walewale, Yaseasi and Loagri No. 1 in the West Mamprusi District and Damongo in the West Gonja District.
For the Upper West Region, the communities benefiting are Zini, Jatong, Jawala, Sobelle, Dasina and Pulima in the Sissala West District and Funsi in the Wa East District.
Bolga North, Swualugu, Sherieu/Saumbrungu and Fumbisi in the Bulisa district are the beneficiary communities in the Upper East Region. Hajia Mahama said women and children were the most vulnerable in times of disaster and it was for this reason that they had been identified as people needing special attention, hence the assistance from Coca Cola Ghana Limited.
She said the children in particular needed to be supported to enable them go back to school.
Hajia Mahama commended Coca Cola and all the other agencies that had assisted the flood victims and expressed the hope that more donations would be forthcoming from other organisations. Mr. Charles Abass, the Regional Coordinating Director who received the items on behalf of Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, Northern Regional Minister, said this was the most critical period for the victims of the flood who had lost their food crops and almost all their belongings. He said the disaster victims needed assistance in the form of seeds and other farming implements to enable them re-crop their farms.