Caritas Accra has donated items of relief worth over 60,000 cedis plus an undisclosed amount of money to victims of a fire outbreak that occurred at Agbogbloshie, a slummy area located in the heart of Accra on Sunday, January 5.
The Charity Organization of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, (GCBC) and member of the global Caritas Confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations on Thursday, January 16 presented items such as clothing among other valuables.
The presentation was made by members and some volunteers of Caritas Ghana and Caritas Accra, together with the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp.
Speaking to the affected persons, Archbishop Kwofie expressed great sadness at the news and assured them of the Catholic church’s support.
The prelate described the living conditions of many Ghanaians particularly the area christened by the Church as the City of God as a disgrace to humanity.
“When you come here and you see the poverty here, it’s a whole disgrace to all of us, to humanity, to the people of the country. To see that people are staying at a place like this. Toilet facilities, space everything, you know, are so congested. Really, it’s a scandal to see people live in a situation like this,” the Archbishop said.
Mr. Joseph Jakpan, spokesperson of the affected victims, expressed gratitude to Caritas for the support.
For his part, director of Caritas Accra, Rev. Fr. George Ekow Mensah thanked benefactors for contributing to the project. He employed societies in the church as well as corporate bodies not to relent in their effort in supporting the less privileged in society.