The Methodist Development and Relief Services (MDRS) has donated a cheque for GH10,000 to support flood victims in the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency in the Upper West Region.
The donation will be used to procure food items especially cereals and basic necessities to alleviate the impact of the disaster on the people who are mostly smallholder farmers.
The support followed an appeal the National Democratic Member of Parliament, Mr Sumah Anthony Mwinkaara, made to the church to go to the aid of the flood victims.
On August 13, 2021, the people in the Upper West experienced torrential rains that triggered floods which killed one person, cut off over 18 feeder roads that made access to health services, market centres and the district capital difficult.
The disaster reportedly destroyed 142 houses, displaced over 904 persons, and washed off completely 735 acres of cultivated farmlands in the area.
Putting smiles on faces
Handing over the cheque in Parliament yesterday (Oct 21), the Administrative Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana, Rt. Rev. Michael A. Bossman, who is also the board chairman of the MDRS, said a church decided to support efforts to alleviate the impact of the disaster on the people in the area as part of its social interventions programme.
He said the founder of the church, John Wesley, had social concern as an active part of his ministry that saw him going to hospitals to pray for the sick and helping in people prisons and other places.
“He ministered to people who were in need, people on the streets and who were in other very needy states. So, it was both the word of God and also assistance to support people’s livelihoods.
“Again, the scripture also encourages us to watch over those who are needy; so, this support falls within our purview to assist people in such situation in order to put smiles on the face of the people,” he said.
Threat to food security
Recounting the impact of the disaster, Mr Mwinkaara said while the residents of Upper West were affected by the floods, those living in Nadowli-Kaleo constituency were “disproportionately affected.”
He said the disaster made it difficult for the people commute from one community to the other to access healthcare services and market centres.
“You can tell that food security is going to be a challenge because these are smallholder farmers who farm on subsistence basis that sustains them for the rest of the year,” he said.
He said while he and other organisations, including the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), had initiated several interventions to alleviate the impact of the disaster on the people, more help was needed.
“It has been very difficult for us and we fully need interventions to exist; we know as a church your primary responsibility is to cater for the wellbeing of the people but we do also recognise the need to attend to their social needs just as your founder and leader did in time past,” he said.
He, therefore, expressed profound appreciation to the Methodist Church, Ghana, for the gesture and appealed to other philanthropists to also support.