Impact of Coronavirus on Rural Ghana: Communal benevolence at Twifo Ashire

Posted on  August 28, 2020 

Categories:   Community response

The communal spirit is usually rife in rural areas in Ghana. In the era of the Coronavirus pandemic, one wonders if this spirit ignites acts of benevolence among rural folks even though the larger infection numbers are being recorded in the urban areas.

 Residents of Twifo Ashire, a farming community in the Twifo Attimorkwa district of the Central region, have extended a helping hand to persons in need during this pandemic in their own small way.

 Madam Linda Amakye, well known as Sister Maafia, is a seamstress in the community. She has taken it upon herself to sew locally made face masks and give out to members of the community who can not afford these essentials needed to prevent the spread of the virus.

"We have not received any donations from any person in authority since the pandemic started, some of our people here also cannot afford the face masks so I decided to sew about 50 face masks and share free of charge".

15-year-old JHS Emmanuel Fobi of Ashire D/A JHS has also invented locally made Veronica buckets which he has freely installed for about 30 people in the community. Emmanuel revealed that the cost of living in the area coupled with the impact of the pandemic has made life hard for most residents of the community, whose main occupation is cocoa farming. He added, "the only thing you need is your gallon then I come to your house to fix it for you".

Acts of benevolence and Spreading kindness not only help others feel better about themselves; it can also boost the giver's health and happiness, according to research. Giving donations to others, or "prosocial spending," has been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve heart health.

Maybe if such acts were rampant, most people would have a sure means of boosting their health against the virus.

By Listowel Aboagye Dacosta