Child Rights International (CRl), a non-governmental organization, has indicated that approximately ten thousand eight hundred and ninety-six (10,896) children have been affected by the flood from the spillage of the Akosombo Dam.
According to CRI, the flooding has impacted children and have been affected in many ways including, but not limited to, education, health, mobility, shelter, and access to food.
The Executive Director of CIR, Mr. Bright Appiah said that it has been working actively to assess the needs of the affected children.
“Child Rights International (CRl) recognizes the urgency of this situation and has been actively working to assess the needs of the affected children. Our assessments reveal that approximately ten thousand eight hundred and ninety-six (10,896) children have been affected so far across over eighty (80) communities, spanning seven (7) districts.”Mr. Bright Appiah
Recognizing the impact of the flood on essential services, he underscored that the necessities have become the most pressing needs of the residents in the districts.
“The flooding has disrupted essential services, including access to clean water, and electricity, and children are the most affected. Educational structures have been damaged, limiting access to quality education, and mobility has been severely restricted. Children and their families are struggling to find shelter, and access to food has become a significant concern for them.”Mr. Bright Appiah
Furthermore, he gave assurances to the organization’s commitment to supporting children in these dire times.
“CRl is committed to providing immediate support to these children and their families, with a focus on ensuring access to education, shelter, food, and necessary resources. The staff of Child Rights International (CRl) are giving immediate support of an undisclosed amount to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to support the welfare of the children affected.”Mr. Bright Appiah
Also, CRI called on all stakeholders to join in making lives better for the residents of the flooded areas.
“The situation at hand will require emergency support from stakeholders. Therefore CRl is calling on all stakeholders, including corporate bodies, non-government Organisations (NGOs ), and individuals, to support the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in providing relief and protection for children affected to avert any possible outbreak of diseases and other related conditions.”Mr. Bright Appiah
Child Rights International
Child Rights International has over the years worked with different partners and implemented major projects across Ghana. Currently working, it operates in seven regions of the country and continually provides support for children, to ensure that children’s voices and contributions are recognized and valued in society, and to reaffirm children’s faith in a better and brighter future.
The non-profit organization has a mission to promote and protect the inherent dignity of every child, to draw attention to the fundamental needs of children, and to provide assistance to help children develop to their full potential.
Child Rights International is dedicated to the vision of a society wherein children are allowed to find their identity, realize their worth, and develop to their full potential in a safe and supportive environment.
Child Rights International has committed to providing ongoing support for child participation to ensure that children’s voices and contributions are recognized and valued in society and to reaffirm children’s faith in a better and brighter future.
The Volta River Authority (VRA) commenced the spillage of excess water on September 15, 2023, due to rising levels of the Akosombo and Kpong hydro dams, resulting in widespread destruction and displacement in seven (7) districts; South, Central, and North Tongu Districts in the Volta Region.
Thousands of residents have had to evacuate, leaving their homes, farmlands, and properties submerged under the raging floods.
NADMO, an inter-ministerial team, Members of Parliament, and many other stakeholders have since gone to the rescue of residents.