Okay yes, I want to support ACA, what can I do?
In light of COVID19, we may not be able to host our annual in-person fundraiser in Seattle this year. Typically we would gather together in May or early June, which unfortunately won’t be possible this year. SO, our big chance to make a difference for ACA families is HERE!
Please consider making a donation to help ACA survive this challenging time and come out even stronger for our families on the other side.
*Did your family receive a stimulus check and you’re considering ways to use it that could make an impact? For every $1 USD, that converts to about 5.5 Ghana Cedis.
*Are you looking for ways to support those most highly impacted by the global pandemic? Contributing to ACA is a great way to do that!! Schools are closed and many of our families do not have access to educational supports in the home due to lack of access to wifi internet, laptops or smart phones at home (financial barriers). We are working to bring telehealth services to them at this time, as well as help to meet basic needs for our students like continuing to provide lunches for those who rely on that nutrition daily!!
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Our Annual In-Person Spring fundraiser in Seattle typically brings in half of our annual fundraising. We're concerned that without being able to host that event, plus the COVID19 impacts on our consulting branch listed below, ACA’s annual budget could be impacted by
We need you now more than ever!!
Update Ghana: COVID 19
As of April 22nd, 2020
1154 Positive Covid-19 Cases, 9 deaths
68,591 tests completed, of which 1.52% test positive
Ghana is testing the most people per capita in Africa at the moment
Schools were closed in early March
No gatherings over 25 people
Lockdown recently lifted after 3 weeks after great impact on those living in poverty
People told to stay home and wear masks in public
Status of ACA in COVID 19:
As of early March, the Government of Ghana closed all schools to protect the community from the spread of the virus, ACA included.
As our families are now all at home with their children, much like they are in many other parts of the world (maybe you are at home with your children too!). We then needed to come up with some rapid response to bring supports to the families.
However, many ACA families do not have access to technology at home such as laptops and smart phones. Nor do many families have high-speed wifi. Rather, there is a pay as you go system in which you must buy all data that you will use for phone or internet. This an additional barrier on the families that we serve, to access any support from outside the home for education, information sharing etc.
ACA COVID19 Response:
We created a telephone tree with our Junior Clinical Supervisors who completed BCaBA coursework to check in with all families weekly, to share resources and continue to disseminate information about how to stay safe from the virus.
We continue to provide food to some of our families who rely on school lunch for nutrition.
Income Gap: Our business model is made up of two segments. Our consulting branch provides ABA services to schools and families in the capitals of Ghana (Accra) and Nigeria (Abuja). The revenue from that work then goes to support the other segment of our work, the highly subsidized day program at our Cape Coast branch. COVID19 IMPACT- we have been unable to provide consulting services to the bulk of our clients since March, thus resulting in a steep loss of income for ACA.
Our Plan: We have decided to make a quick pivot from in-person ABA to building a brand new, culturally-responsive telehealth model, one of the first of its kind in West Africa. We have applied for grant support to be able to design, implement, and evaluate this new model, as well as purchase IT technology and internet data to overcome the barriers that our low-income families would face to receiving telehealth services.
We will begin providing this new telehealth model of service to families in our network this month. This will allow us to re-open our consulting branch online, at least in part, in the interim until we can resume in-person services.
As we like to say... Gooooo ACAAAA!!