International Federation of Red Cross pledges technical support for members

The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) will provide guidance and technical support, especially in resource mobilisation to members to deliver on their mandate.

Mr Abel Augustinio, IFRC Delegate to Ghana, said the Red Cross played crucial roles in advancing the socio-economic development of countries across the globe, especially in times of disaster and disease outbreaks.

He said transparency and accountability were crucial in the work of every public institution and urged the GRCS to be transparent and accountable in its activities.

Mr Augustinio, who was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at a Council meeting of the GRCS in Ho, implored the GRCS to have regular engagement with stakeholders and the media on its activities to make it more visible to attract support.

He commended the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) for continuously addressing pertinent challenges of the vulnerable in society despite inadequate financial resources.

Mr Augustinio lauded the GRCS for redefining its vision to commensurate with its 2021/2025 strategic plan.

He also extolled the GRCS for the organizations in the regions and 60,000 volunteers across the country and described it as a huge achievement.

He called on the citizens to support the GRCS to continue with its mandate.

Mr Augustinio described the five-year strategic plan of the GRCS as appropriate in dealing with emerging issues.

Mr Kwame Gyimah-Akwafo, President of the GRCS, said the meeting was to bring the Council up to speed on activities being executed regarding the implementation of the 2016/2020 strategic plan of the Society.

He said it was also to take stock of the shortfalls of the period under review, look at the gaps in terms of resource mobilization and to see how best to address the challenges when carrying out the 2021/2025 strategic plan.

Mr Gyimah-Akwafo said though the outbreak of the coronavirus had some serious toll on the implementation of the GRCS’s 2016/2020 strategic plan, a significant number of its objectives were achieved.

He said the 2021/2025 strategic plan would focus on key priority areas, including communication and visibility, resource mobilization, risks management and systems strengthening, institutional development, human resource capacity development, branches and implementing structures development.

Mr Gyimah-Akwafo said the GRCS as a member of the IFRC would continue to develop and implement plans that would help alleviate the plight of the people, especially the vulnerable and appealed for support from all.

He said the GRCS carried out several interventions aimed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, including distribution of personal protective equipment and community engagement to educate the people on the need to comply with the safety protocols.

Volta GRC Boss Appeals For Support to Volta Youth


The Regional Manager of the Volta Ghana Red Cross Society, Mr Gershon Koffi Dzokoto has appealed to Ghana ICT Skills Hub (GISH) foundation to find a way to adopt some youth in the Volta region so that, these youth can benefit from GISH’s international voluntary program.

He made this appeal during a presentation of some books and stationery to the Volta Regional Red Cross Library by GISH foundation as part of their “Ubuntu” project activities.

According to Mr Dzokoto,  his outfit is ever ready to welcome the GISH foundation in such project.

However, the Regional Vice Chairman of the Red Cross Society, Mr Wilson Dordzi, said the gesture has been a surprise to them as he noted that, most people think they will only see Red Cross material when they visit their library.

He observed that, with these books and others, the interest in reading will be inculcated among the young ones.

He also called on stakeholders and other benevolent individuals and groups to assist them to renovate their library structure.


GISH foundation donates to Volta Red Cross Library

Ghana ICT Skills Hub (GISH) Foundation has donated books and other stationery to the Ghana Red Cross Society library in the Volta Regional capital, Ho, as part of their Ubuntu project activities.

According to Mr Evans Gyakye, the Content and Programs Manager, GISH foundation is embarking on a program dubbed “Ubuntu” to seek and connect classrooms of different learning and different cultures across borders so that, they can be able to exchange our learning abilities from one place to another.

“We chose the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRC) to donate some of the learning materials because Ghana Red Cross is a national asset which has a connection to many of the schools in Ghana” he stated.

He said, since it relates to humanitarian services, their outfit believed that handling these books to the students through the GRC will enable the students inculcate the habit of reading.

He said the foundation also hopes that schools in the United Kingdom will be able to have a relationship with schools in Ghana and more especially the deprive ones so that, they will be able to exchange their learning cultures

They noted that “many students here in Ghana don’t really understand why they have to go to school. In fact, there is little pressure to go to school because they would want to be street children who are hustling doing their own stuff outside of school. So this project is going to connect the brains of students to have a desire for school, desire to learn and to know”

Receiving the items, the Regional Manager of the Volta Ghana Red Cross Society, Mr Gershon Koffi Dzokoto, expressed his gratitude to GISH foundation for their kind gesture and appeal to the foundation for more collaborations.

He explained that “The books are going to help our young ones a lot because, before, they have been coming here willing to read but most at times when they come, they don’t find books that will interest them in the office but with the arrival of these material it will help them a lot”

He noted that GISH has been very kind to the GRC adding that, the book will go a long way to help the young ones as it is the expectation of the office that, their library is going to be enriched which in effect is also going to help the youth groups who always come to ask for books to study.


GRCS presents Disaster Risk Reduction tools to communities in Bongo

The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in collaboration with the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) has presented some Disaster Risk Reduction tools to some disaster-prone communities in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region.

The tools, which included Life Jackets, Fire Extinguishers, Shovels and Pickaxes, cutlasses, Wheel Barrows, Veronica Buckets, Rescue ropes, bicycles and First Aid kits, were given to five selected communities to help prevent and manage the incidence of disasters.

The gesture, which was given to communities including Ania –Kunkua, Asebga, Atonobugoro, Asebre and Azorsidaana, was part of efforts to help train Community-Based Management Volunteers in the disaster zones in the District to help curb and deal with disaster issues.

Mr Paul Wooma, the Upper East Regional Manager of the GRCS, explained that the presentation of the tools was in fulfilment of the promise his outfit and the SRC made during the training of the Community Preparedness Response Teams last year.

He mentioned that last year the GRCS in collaboration with NADMO, the Forestry Commission and the Ghana National Fire Service trained 400 selected community members in Community Disaster  Preparedness and Response and mentioned the beneficiary Districts as  Bongo, Nabdam, Binduri, and the Kassena-Nankana Municipal.

The Regional Manager stated that before the training was organized, a baseline survey was conducted with funding support from the SRC to establish the Disaster-prone areas in the above-mentioned beneficiary Districts.

He called on the government to place more premiums on disaster prevention instead of waiting for them to strike before the country uses huge sums of money to respond to a disaster when they occur.

Mr Peter Ayamga Ayinbisa, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo, who received the items on behalf of the communities, commended GRCS and the SRC for presenting Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) tools to his district.

The DCE, who stated that the Bongo District was among the disaster-prone Districts in the region, indicated that apart from those five disaster-prone areas, there were still many communities in the District which were also disaster endemic.

He cited for instance that but for the assistance of the Community Based Management Volunteers in the District trained by the GRCS and its development partners including the SRC and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), many vulnerable groups in the area particularly children, women and the aged would have lost their lives during the last rainy season as result of flooded rivers and streams.

Whilst calling on the Community Based Management Volunteers to use the DRR tools for their intended purposes, the DCE appealed to the communities to desist from practising open defecation and indiscriminate burning and littering of the environment.

Bonaba Baba Salifu Atamale Lemyaarum, the Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, also impressed upon the Community Based Management Volunteers to work hard to justify the confidence reposed on them.

He expressed worry about the indiscriminate felling of trees for sale and charcoal production and warned those who were engaged in such activities to desist from that and to embark upon vigorous tree growing to replace the lost vegetation.

Credit: Ghana News Agency (GNA)