Thursday, 30 March 2017


Waking up in a camping tent or a hut in rain forest could be unusual but to the IGI volunteers, the experience was so beautiful to keep. Walking in a dark community in the night and still see infectious smiles from community folks could not be better than.

These were exactly how it happened at Kwesikum, a farming rain forest community in the Agona East District of the Central Region of Ghana. A youth work camp which was organised by IGI management offered both local and foreign volunteers numbering twenty (20) to stay in a rural community. 

 For   a whole week, the volunteers were in community developments, taught in basic schools, worked in cocoa plantings, did health sensitization programmes and gave some health materials to the community folks. 

The work camp was sited at Kwesikum but volunteers taught in Duotu, Kwesi Pantsil and Duabone basic schools which were at least ten (10) minutes drive each from the camping site at Kwesikum.
The schools especially the pupils and the teachers were extremely happy to have hosted the volunteers in their schools for the whole week. The pupils were excited to have listened, played and ate with the volunteers. To the pupils, though the experience was short, the memory will still stay with them for a long time.

To the volunteers, teaching in these rural schools was such a big experience. As they later expressed, the rural pupils to their surprise were more attentive in class than the urban school pupils where they currently teach. The volunteers were also thrilled that despite the long distances these pupils have to walk to their schools, they still walk to their respective schools. 

The volunteers appreciated also the schools for offering them the opportunity to learn from the pupils even as teachers.

In the evenings, when most parts of the communities were virtually dark, the volunteers organised sensitization programmes on health issues, family life education and other pertinent issues for the community folks who attended the programmes in their numbers.

Specifically, the sensitizations were done by individual presenters who were able to reach the audiences through an interpreter where necessary. The health topics were on; malaria prevention, teenage pregnancy, sexual reproductive education, and social welfare issues among others. The communities were really participatory as they were engaged by presenters by the aid of a projector.
Through the sensitization programmes, the volunteers distributed mosquito nets to pregnant women, lactating mothers, children and the aged. The volunteers also worked in some cocoa farms on the Saturday, took part in a football competition between the basic schools teachers in the enclave and engaged in some cultural exchange activities with the children especially, for example, the volunteers were treated with some traditional dance and songs by some youths.

Certainly by the time, the camp officially ended on the Saturday, both volunteers and the kwesikum folks had enjoyed each others’ company and wished for another opportunity.

IGI - Building Communities  Assets

Tuesday, 1 November 2016


Determined young people who are desirous of inspiring communities to reach out to positive change are always rare to find.
Such young people who are selfless at heart and altruistic in nature mostly contribute their efforts into making the world a better place WITHOUT expecting any material gains as rewards. These volunteers usually derive happiness and satisfaction when their efforts bring out empowerment to the communities which are deprived.
Certainly such rare young people are volunteers who have left the comfort and luxury back home in Europe but have opted to do voluntary activities in rural areas of Ghana. These volunteers are placed in some basic schools to teach, orphanages to provide child care and engage in rural communities’ activities.
Some of these new volunteers, who arrived on the 13th August, 2015 were taken through a five (5) day orientation seminar organised by the IGI management team to prepare the volunteers adequately to be able to stay for the next twelve (12) months in an entirely different terrain, the volunteers were taken through presentations, role plays, games, excursions to important places and festivals among others.
The specific topics covered were, Ghanaian cultures, Health & Safety Tips, Shopping & Transportation in Ghana, Crimes & Taboos in Ghana, Recreational & Tourist sites. Others were Project and Work Ethics, Host Family Stay, Visa issues among others.

The volunteers expressed deep satisfaction after the orientation seminar and they remarked that, they were NOW ready to stay in Ghana for the next twelve (12) months.
IGI indeed welcomes these courageous volunteers who have decided to be part of inspiring deprived communities to reach out to a change which gives oxygen to sustainable development. 

IGI boldly says AKWAABA to these volunteers and expresses its willingness to manage these volunteers to the best of its abilities throughout their stay in Ghana.     

IGI building communities assets !!!!

Monday, 8 February 2016



Water saves life when it is wholesome and used hygienically, but it can also be source of many diseases when contaminated. In most basic schools in Ghana, teachers make water available for pupils and teachers for use. Unfortunately in most basic schools, pupils drink from the same barrel with one cup. This obviously continues to pose serious health risk to school pupils who ignorantly do not adhere to routine hygienic activities of washing the cups thoroughly after use. This is simply a dangerous phenomenon that must be curbed fast and now.

IGI as part of helping curb this health risk has started a project dubbed “One Cup per Child” for Basic schools in Ghana. The project started on the 29th January 2016, as IGI donated water barrels and cups to some selected schools during a well attended donation ceremony at Akim Oda Experimental Basic School.

To ensure the objective of curbing communicable diseases such as Cholera, Tuberculosis, Diarrhea etc in the basic schools, IGI embossed the cups with the names of the individual pupils, so that a cup becomes a permanent property of a pupil whose name is embossed on a cup, and he or she uses the cup alone. Schools such as Akim Oda St. Luke Catholic Basic School, Akim Oda Presby Basic School, Akim Oda S.D.A Basic School, Akim Oda Ridge Experimental Basic School and Agona Swedru Glovo Academy got donations of cups and water barrels.

IGI believes its goal of ensuring zero occurrences of communicable diseases in basic schools will be achieved with this project. IGI also hopes to extend this project to other deprived communities in Ghana this year with everyone’s involvement in the project.
Additionally, IGI volunteer, Alina from Germany also donated a laptop computer to Glovo Academy at the ceremony. IGI also presented certificates of Voluntary Internship to some volunteers who have served as Teaching Assistants at Glovo Academy, S.D.A Basic School and St. Luke Catholic from September and November 2015 to January 2016.

Acknowledging the importance of the project, the Public Relations Officer (P.R.O) of Ghana Education Service at Birim Central expressed deep gratitude to IGI for the project which will serve as a wake-up call for the schools to follow suit. The officials from Social Welfare and Community Development at Birim Central were also delighted that IGI is really helping some communities that are in serious need. The
 beneficiary schools which attended the ceremony with some pupils as representatives did various demonstrations about the project and also expressed their joy for the donations


IGI believes, donations such as these though small will definitely perform crucial function in dealing with communicable diseases in schools. This is the beginning, so you can be part of it no matter how small your contribution may be.  Donate to buy a cup for a child and help stop the spread of communicable diseases in schools.

IGI Team 2016

Wednesday, 30 December 2015


IGI conducted various activities under four important portfolios which were been: Community Development, Education, Healthcare, Youth and Women empowerment and Voluntary Services.

IGI donated various educational and learning materials to some schools which were novels, exercise books, pens, pencils, erasers, mathematical sets and others to pupils. These gestures from IGI in education in general have gone along way of enhancing the improvement of education in the beneficiary schools and in the lives of the pupils.
IGI did a number of activities in its catchment areas towards the general improvement of quality health care delivery in Ghana. IGI organized health sensitization programs on malaria, personal hygiene, berhazia in some communities. IGI also donated some mosquito nets to some pregnant women and children in these rural communities in 2015. IGI also supported the treatment cost of some people who fell on the NGO for various assistances on medical treatment at tertiary hospitals.
IGI will definitely work towards the improvement in the coming years so as to feed into the general vision of ensuring qualitative health care delivery in the country.


In the year 2015, IGI performed numerous projects in some communities aimed at improving communities’ assets as well as imparting positively on the qualitative livelihood of the people. Additionally, to equip development aid workers and donors with some reliable data on some rural communities that were in dire need of supports, IGI conducted some community profiling. The projects were carried to collect data on demography, health and education issues, sources of livelihood and other relevant information for development planning on communities.

Youth work camps
IGI organized youth work camps that provided both local and foreign volunteers the opportunity to interact with rural communities and harnessed the competence of the communities in addressing some challenges in some deprived communities.

 Placement of volunteers 

 IGI recruited local and foreign volunteers in 2015 and placed them in some institutions that had requested for volunteers to perform some activities in these institutions in Health, Education, Community Development, Child care. These volunteers have been actively been engaged as Teaching Assistants helping substantive Ghanaian teachers in the teaching of Mathematics, General Science, English, Creative Arts, I.C.T. and child care. These volunteers contributed immensely in the improvement of education in Ghana in 2015.

IGI hopes to continue creating opportunity for altruistic youths living anywhere on the globe to be part of sustainable pursuit of development in Ghana through volunteerism in the coming years. Why not choose something different for your 2016 New Year Resolution?
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IGI organized various activities aimed at empowering the youth and creating leverage for women especially in the rural areas to be able to take care of their children. These activities included skills training presentations for women and entrepreneurial seminars for some youths. These afforded the beneficiaries to be endowed with other reliable sources of creating decent sources of livelihood for themselves.
IGI will continue to extend these gestures to women and youths I deprived communities in other to alleviate the plight of the vulnerable.


 IGI would like to extend its profound gratitude to some institutions and organizations which assisted in diverse ways in the activities of IGI in 2015.
They were; Social Welfare and Community Development in the Agona West, Akuapim North and Birim Central, Agona West Municipal Assembly, Birim Municipal Assembly and Akuapim North Municipal Assembly. The German Development and Foreign Cooperation, Worldview/Hope for Life, Welwarts all in Germany, KBC Belgium and Genepool in Canada, Ghana Education Service and Ghana Health Service.

IGI was convinced that its operations were really crucial in the development of the sectors that the NGO was involved in 2015. IGI believes these institutions and organizations will continue to support IGI in its activities in the coming year 2016. 

There are things that are sometimes left undone and there are things that can be left sometimes unsaid, but wishing someone like you can’t ever be left, so we take this moment to wish you all and your loved ones a joyous and wonderful New Year.