ACTNews, KUMASI – Ahead of Eid ul-Fitr, joy filled the city of Kumasi, Ghana. A group of mothers with their colorful hijabs gathered in the front yard of a building. In an orderly manner, they received the packages prepared by the volunteers, bringing smiles to their faces.
The packages were assistance from Indonesian benefactors which were distributed by Aksi Cepat Tanggap for the Eid-ul-Fitr 1442 AH. “The distribution was carried out for three days from May 10 to 12. Tens of underprivileged citizens in the Kumasi City received the zakat-ul-fitr packages,” said Amir Firdausi from ACT’s Global Humanity Response team, Wednesday (5/12/2021).
Amir explained that amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the zakat-ul-fitr from the benefactors could ease the economic burden of Kumasi residents on Eid ul-Fitr.
While the world is fighting to handle the Covid-19, Ghana is one of the countries which have to fight harder. According to the World Bank, the prolonged pandemic has worsened the poverty and disparity of the social condition which affects the increase of underprivileged people in Ghana.
The report released last March 2021 also stated that Ghana's labor market has also been hit hard by the pandemic. It leads to unemployment and lower income. In the first three months of the crisis, 77% of the population reported a decrease in their household income.
Furthermore, there are also malnutrition threats in Ghana. A report titled Studi Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) in Ghana explained that the country has lost 6,4% of the gross domestic product (GDP) each year due to child malnutrition. The report underscores the importance of nutrition for human development and national socio-economic transformation.