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Akosombo dam spillage: Affected schools to benefit from $500k USAID support


Schools and children in flood-affected towns in the Volta Region will benefit from a $500,000 USAID grant targeted at supporting a return to normal.

During the flood catastrophe, several of these schools were inundated or turned into temporary housing for evacuated inhabitants.


Virginia Palmer, the US Ambassador to Ghana, noted that Ghana-US partnership had saved thousands of lives.

This followed the leakage of the Akosombo and Kpong Dams in October 2023, which resulted in the evacuation of many populations in the Greater Accra, Eastern, and Volta Regions.

The North Tongu District of the Volta Region, including the town of Mepe, was impacted the worst.

Despite the fact that floodwaters have receded greatly and many individuals have returned home, some school buildings and instructional equipment have been destroyed.

Some schools are still serving as temporary shelters for displaced individuals who have yet to return to their houses.

During a working visit with Ghana’s Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the US Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Virginia Palmer, remarked that Ghana-US partnership had resulted in enormous advantages for many Ghanaians.

She also stated that USAID and UNICEF are trying to restore teaching and learning in flood-affected areas by assisting schools and communities.

In his speech, Minister of Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum advised parents in impacted regions to take advantage of the government’s free SHS program and bring their children to school.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a Member of Parliament for North Tongu, stated that many projects have been launched to restore devastated towns and schools.






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