By Mala Rajamani
The stories of impacted individuals from her home country inspired Rhodline Hamelo to start a nonprofit, The Africa In Me, in 2020 with a mission to stop hunger and provide job security in affected areas of Ghana and other neighboring countries. Organizations such as The Africa In Me seek to reach those in need directly, sustaining them with food, medical supplies and employment through challenging times. Stories such as Grace Amankawa’s offer a glimpse into the anguish of those already living on the edge of poverty, with the pandemic taking away already meager sources of income.
Long-term, sustained actions through private and public endeavors are necessary to alleviate the acute economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana. Increased funding and aid to affected countries through legislation, such as COVID-19 relief packages, and continued investment in the International Affairs Budget are important ways to help countries like Ghana through this crisis.