Tuesday, 3 December 2019


A FAMILY DAY IN THE FARMS

The life of the rural settings are usually predictable but beautiful always. The young go to school and the old make the counts productively by working in the farms. From cocoa to root and tubers, to cereals and vegetables plantations, the rural folks work so hard to cater for their families.



It is therefore a privilege when, strangers or visitors get the opportunity to spend any day with a family in a rural community. It offers the visitor the rich experience of having first hand “adventure” working with a family in a plantation. 
This was such opportunity that was offered to IGI volunteers on Friday 25th October, 2019 to have a day experience with some families at Kwesikum in the Agona East of Central Region. 



The volunteers numbering twenty three (23), worked on cocoa and maize plantations in groups with different families. As foreign volunteers in Ghana who are engaged in schools as school assistants, the volunteers were thrilled by the reality of working in farms and plantations for the first time. This was a rare opportunity for the volunteers to have spent the entire day by interacting, eating and getting to know how it feels to live in rural settings.

For the volunteers, the time may have been short, the conversations may have been passive, their work rate may have been low but the echoes of their experiences will always live with them.



For the families, this opportunity was important for inter- cultural experiences and the helping hand from the volunteers. IGI will definitely continue to provide such opportunities for its volunteers to experience variety of activities and different social settings with different livelihood in Ghana. 


IGI therefore hopes to send its volunteers soon to the Eastern Region for similar family day with families in a typical rural setting.



On this occasion, the rural communities, the volunteers and IGI will continue to cement that bond of relationship aimed at building community assets through volunteerism.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

DONATIONS FOR CHANGE



To make possible impacts in the Ghanaian societies, I.G.I continues to extend some important gestures through donations. I.G.I believes that everyone needs encouragement and support in any area of endeavor. For anyone to stand and walk, he/she first crawl and that requires support to make it easier and possible.

As I.G.I engaged in social empowerment activities such as education, health and community development, women empowerment with the spirit of volunteerism as an important pivot. 

In order to enhance the learning of I.C.T at the primary level, I.G.I donated twelve (12) desktop computers to Church of Christ Basic School at Agona Swedru in the Agona West Municipality of the Central Region. I.G.I believes these donations will facilitate the practical aspects of I.C.T in the school and stimulate the learning of the subject. 
Paul presenting the donations

At Kwesikum, Kokorabo and Kwesi Paintsil all in Agona East district I.G.I donated four (4) bails of used clothes to deprived people who are genuinely in need of them. 

                                                                At Kwesikum

The appreciation of the recipients was great and I.G.I is elated for the gestures.

Medase (thank you)
To compliment the effort of the government in the delivery of services to the people, I.G.I believes little gestures regardless of the quantum from non- state actors such as N.G.Os are important.

Passport office in Accra

Therefore, I.G.I has recently donated two public address speakers and stands to the passport office in Accra under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ghana.


                                                                      The PA system

I.G.I hopes to continue these important gestures in making the Ghanaian societies more productive and fruitful. I.G.I is grateful for the reception of the beneficiary institutions.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

PUTTING SMILES IN COMMUNITIES AND SCHOOLS. 

The joy of every well-meaning person or organization is to see the vulnerable and the needy happy. In fact in most cases,  the sources of happiness of the weak and the needy are from very simple and relevant supports from others.



This explains why IGI and its volunteers continue to offer important and relevant supports to communities,  schools and people who are in need. IGI believes that supporting the communities where children live is priceless investments in the future generations. That's why IGI and its volunteers takes the joy in identifying the needy and extending supports to them. 

Hopefully one day we will also be in school. That is a simply saying with these lovely children. 











Such supports were offered by IGI and its volunteers to Agona Kwesikum, Glovo Foster Home and Kokorabo in the Central Region where IGI donated drinking cups, toothpaste, toothbrushes and clothings who needed them. The volunteers who were instrumental in the donations were excited by the reception of the beneficiaries in these communities.



Thanks for your donation. George Asante (Glovo Academy)



At Akim Oda Presbyterian Basic School in the Eastern Region, an IGI volunteer having seen the desire to be of help to the school donated 50 chairs for the KG class.

           
                  Health Care

IGI is hopeful these gestures will continue as long as such challenges exist looking for solutions in its areas of operations. 


We are glad to have you back to our school with such a great donations. Thank you madam Katharina 




We are indeed reaching out to communities in need and developing community assets.


I'm proud to be an IGI volunteer in Ghana. 


Friday, 20 July 2018



 THEY RAISE A CHILD

In July and August 2017 these courageous young men and women from Germany arrived in Ghana as volunteers to assist children with love, affection and generosity through teaching and caring as school assistants.


In Agona Swedru, Winneba, Gomoa Akropong, Agona Kwanyako, Agona Oteiprow, Akim Oda  Aboabo, Agona Duakwa and Kwesikum, these volunteers offered their services to humanity.
In their experiences as volunteers, they saw deprived kids, those whose crimes were lateness, non - payment of feeding fees or poor academic performance.



They also integrated into the Ghanaian beautiful and unique culture of sharing, comradeship, hospitality and respect for morality.


In their host families where they stayed for one year, they enjoyed delicious Ghanaian delicacies, engaged in fruitful discussions and witnessed some beliefs for the first time in their lives.
In their stay as volunteers in Ghana, they didn’t run back to Germany by the challenges of culture difference. 


Rather they were motivated by the uniqueness of the experiences and stayed, shared and exchanged alternatives and cultures. Despite their shortcomings as foreigners to the Ghanaian cultures, they compromised on unusual cultures, integrated into sometimes difficult social settings and made their stay memorable.


As they end their services as volunteers in Ghana, the children they have touched, families they have stayed with and friends they have enjoyed through good and bad times, they remained indelible as school assistants, friends, siblings and colleagues  even if they will not be physically present in Ghana.


IGI is proud of your stay and salutes these gallant volunteers who have experienced many for their lifetimes. Danke.


Friday, 6 April 2018



IGI VILLAGE CENTER OF ATTRACTION 


This year, we had our IGI-Work-camp from the 18th to the 24th of February. We were a group of 16 volunteers from Swedru, Akim Oda and Winneba. Also three 6 volunteers from  Kumasi  joined us as well as Williams, our project manager, and our mentors Carolyn,
Jennifer and Ophelia.

Camp Site



IGI Land
We arrived in Kwesikum in the afternoon around 4 pm. First thing to do was to decide, where to sleep: in one of three tents on the IGI land, in the cocoa house or in a host family. By drawing lots everybody got their place, moved there and prepared their bed. Monday morning we all went to different schools in Duakwa and Kwesikum to work with the teachers and the children. For all of us it was somehow different compared to our work in our projects. We made the experience, that there are serious problems in the schools in the deprived communities like absence of students and teachers or missing school items. Additionally, a lot of the children did not understand the English language, what made it not easy for us to communicate with them. After returning to the camp site we discussed about our experiences and had supper together.
The next days were shaped by work on different farms. In small groups we accompanied the farmers to a cocoa farm, a palm-nut and orange farm, helped transporting maize and planting of cocoa seedlings. We learned a lot about the farm work, harvested cocoa and peeled the seeds out of it. At the palm-nut farm we peeled the palm-nuts and learned, how the farmers prepare the red oil out of it through an exhausting work. Making all these experiences showed us that the farmers in Ghana are very hard-working people. In the evening two of our volunteers held a talk about water-borne diseases on the market place of Kwesikum.


Wednesday afternoon was our kids day: During the week before the camp we prepared a funfair for the children of the community. We invited them and their parents to the IGI-land to play and have fun with us. They could play football, draw, make bracelets out of wool, make a sack race and got coloured make up. We played music loudly and danced together with the kids. After we finished that lovely funny afternoon we had a bonfire, ate stick bread and sang songs together.


 Additionally to the work in the schools and on the farms we also made a familiarisation to get to know the people in the communities and how they live. For this, we went to Kokorabo, a small community close to Kwesikum. We spend some there, talked to the people and learned a lot about their life and work. After that we all came together and had a talk about bilharzia and personal hygiene. The people of the community were very thankful for our visit and invited us to eat banana, coconuts and drink palm-wine, which we all enjoyed together.


 When we came back to Kwesikum another surprise waited for us: some of the men in Kwesikum invited us to prepare and eat Fufu with them, we really enjoyed a lot.
The work-camp in Kwesikum was a great experience for all of us. Here we learned a lot about the life and work in a deprived community.



We experienced a week without electricity, flowing water or a real shower and toilet. We had to fetch the water for showering on our own and carry it through the whole village - on our heads of course.



 In the evening it got dark around 7pm and there was no  light any more – also something new for us.
All in all we had a great time together with a lot of new impressions, fun and hard work. Even our group became closer by working together and helping each other.




Wednesday, 25 October 2017

VOLUNTEERS OF COURAGE



Volunteering is always a good virtue especially in societies which are deprived. The existence of a volunteer in deprived communities has proven to be an important gesture in the pursuit of development through cultural exchange and knowledge transfer.

This explains why IGI continues to offer the opportunity for young people all over the world to be part of the project Africa. This project Africa is one that is envisaged to improve the fortunes of people living in deprived situations in Africa. IGI believes that, young people have a lot to offer especially because the future belongs to them. It is therefore prudent to create that responsibility of reaching out to the world to make it better.


IGI as an NGO continues to offer the young people the opportunity to work in schools, health centres and communities where (volunteers) are needed to fill the gap.


Currently, IGI is actively involved in making it volunteering service count in the important sectors of communities. Consequently, the current volunteers who are mostly Europeans are placed in Basic schools in the Central and Eastern Regions of Ghana. These volunteers are highly motivated after six days of orientation after their arrivals in August 2017. 


The orientations are used as preparatory seminars on topics such as the History, Political and Geography of Ghana, cultural issues, recreation and transportation among others. The orientations thus presented a great deal of opportunity for the volunteers to fully acquaint themselves with the realities of being volunteers in African cultures where everything might be so different. 


Since the placement in the various projects, the volunteers are mostly in schools having been teaching various projects as teaching assistants. Additionally, the volunteers have also been engaged with other activities at the schools. The pupils have been responding with love and affections for the volunteers, the reality of teaching in Ghanaian basic schools have been great experiences. They (volunteers) are always around many pupils in and out of class due to the fact that, most of the kids in the schools are for their first time encountering Europeans as their volunteer teachers.


Apart from the school projects which have taken the better times of the volunteers, the volunteers have also made some trips to the IGI skills training village at Kwesikum in the Agona East District of the Central Region of Ghana. The skills training which is being developed into a training hub in dress making, shoe making, batik making, beads making as well as capacity training centre for youths and women is catching the attention of these volunteers in seeking sponsorships to build the needed infrastructure. So far, the volunteers are solidly behind IGI in the realization of the goal of giving skills training to youths in over hundred 100 villages in the enclave. 


Additionally, some of the volunteers have engaged the children from the villages in painting and writing activities in order to expose them to some European cultures which are necessary for the development of the children. IGI is so far extremely proud of the activities and the motivation of the volunteers in their projects and IGI activities.
IGI strongly believes that the current volunteers under its management are poised to be actively part in the project Africa because the communities have themselves shown great signs of taking their destinies into their own hands to succeed.


 

IGI and its volunteers are motivated to join these communities in the realization of their dreams of improving their livelihood. Our volunteers are indeed courageous.

IGI - Building Community Assets!!! 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

IGI YOUTH WORK CAMP AT KWESIKUM: UNUSUAL YET WORTHWHILE



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