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CA Programmes

Currently, Central Aid operates Five (5) programmes with the following objectives:

  1. Provide financial support to brilliant but needy students in second-cycle institutions through the award of educational scholarships and grants
  2. Provide relief and varied support services to communities affected by natural or manmade disasters, hazards or events that cause substantial loss or damage to life and property
  3. Execute development projects to raise the standard of living of underprivileged communities;
  4. Implement community awareness programmes to address challenges facing society; and
  5. Provide career guidance and counseling services to the youth.

 

Educational Scholarships

Since the first intake in the 1989/90 academic year up till the last intake in the 2018/2019 academic year, over Five Thousand (5,000+) brilliant but needy students of various religious and ethnic backgrounds and from across the length and breadth of the country have benefited from CA scholarships with their otherwise lost dreams, hopes and aspirations coming alive.

 

Career Counseling and Guidance

CA has in the past organized and will continue to organize career counseling and guidance workshops for scholarship beneficiaries and the youth in our various assemblies. The dearth of career guidance in our schools and colleges is a recognized shortcoming of our educational delivery system. By running these workshops in conjunction with the local assemblies of ICGC, we hope to bring critical professional expertise to bear on the youth in their choice of careers and professions. A well-focused generation of youth can only give a boost to national manpower development.

 

Institutional Support

Since 2003, CA has supported a number of orphanages, schools, hospitals and other health facilities in the country. These include, but not limited to,

  1. Regular blood donation by ICGC members to replenish the Blood Bank of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (since the 1990’s till date)
  2. Renovation of a 3-classroom block of the Akufful-Krodua Catholic Junior Secondary School in the Central Region (2004)
  3. Financial assistance to the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital in Accra to support its health delivery and expansion programme (2004)
  4. Construction of a 2-storey 50-bed fully-furnished boys’ hostel with state-of-the-art e-learning centre, staff flat, dining room, store room, sick bay and washrooms for the Osu Children’s Home (2007)
  5. Financial assistance every month to the Children’s Cancer Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to support the cost of treatment and medication for needy patients (2011 till date)
  6. External and internal painting of the Central Mosque and associated facilities at Abossey-Okai in Accra (2011)
  7. Renovation of Mexico 1 Junior High School in Tema (2011/12)
  8. Financial assistance to the Ghana Heart Foundation, and the Plastic Surgery Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Mamocare Ghana (breast cancer screening project), among others at various times

 

Community Development

CA executes development projects in underprivileged and underserved communities to raise the standard of living of the people and to promote their spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and physical well-being. In 2010, ICGC constructed 20 boreholes fitted with hand-pumps for 19 communities in the Ga West Municipal Area at GHC200,000. The socio-economic benefits to the communities, municipality and the nation were enormous.  CA intends to construct single-storey multiple-facility libraries in selected peri-urban communities in the country. The objective is to provide learning resources for both adults and children in beneficiary communities with a focus on reading, writing and the creative arts.

 

Emergency Reliefs and Livelihood Opportunities Programme

The general wellbeing of our people is critical for the productivity and wealth of our country. ICGC’s social interventions over the years have predominantly been outreaches to our people, communities and the nation at large. The current proposition is for the church to turn attention to the socio-economic wellbeing of ICGC members. Therefore, CA is introducing new programmes to provide emergency reliefs (using the storehouse concept) and business starter packs (BSP) to needy ICGC members.

  1. The emergency reliefs are intended to benefit ICGC members who find themselves as victims of floods, domestic and industrial fires, rainstorms, droughts, burglary, armed robbery, disease epidemics, fatal vehicular accidents, and any unforeseen circumstances or difficult situations that require emergency reliefs as a short-term stopgap measure. It will be administered in two exclusive packages of food rations and non-food items using the storehouse concept. The non-food items package shall be extended to the general public in the event of a disaster or any emergency situation in the country.
  2. Starting and running a business can be challenging, especially at the setup stage when there is the need to organize a range of tasks with limited cash-flow and lack of access to credit. Therefore, CA will provide support to start-up business entrepreneurs in ICGC to improve their socio-economic well-being. This will enable beneficiaries to plan, set-up and successfully grow small business enterprises. The support will cover start-up capital, business advisory services, training, and financial management services that will help beneficiaries to gain access to markets.
  3. The successful implementation of the programme will produce the following outcomes:
  • Improved general well-being of church members
  • Reduced socio-economic vulnerability of church members
  • Increased job opportunities for church members
  • Increased job security for church members
  • Improved family and personal incomes
  • Reduced unemployment among church members
  • Spiritually, socially and economically empowered church members
  • Increased member obligation and ministry support to the church
  • A healthy growing church
  • Increased contribution to the socio-economic development of the country.

New Policy Guidelines for ICGC

In 2018, the Social Action Committee of the Presbytery of ICGC developed policy guidelines for the social intervention, action and development programmes of the church. These new policy areas which would be additional to the current CA operations are:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Foster care
  3. Care Centres
  4. Advocacy
  5. Professional counseling
  6. Sports and recreation

 

Interventions by ICGC Local Assemblies

At the local level, ICGC assemblies are committed to identifying and ministering to the needs of the communities in which they operate. Local assemblies of the church make various donations to community-based institutions. The interventions, beneficiary communities and institutions include, but not limited to:

  • Donations of items to selected ICGC assemblies in rural communities
  • Blood donation exercises
  • Clean up exercises
  • Medical outreaches
  • Donations to orphanages, hospitals, prisons, and other deprived institutions
  • Construction of sanitation and ICT facilities in church communities
  • Establishment of Life Enhancement Centre for employable skills training
  • Construction of public toilet for a community
  • Communal labour activities in church communities
  • Financial support to needy students in church
  • Construction of street lights and basketball court for church community
  • Construction of a school canteen for a local primary school
  • Donation of school furniture to a local primary school
  • Donation of relief items to flood victims
  • Financial support for electrification project of a public school
  • Donations to a deaf school
  • Organization of free vacation classes for JHS 3 students in church
  • Donation of street lights
  • Outreach programmes to refugee camps
  • Financial assistance to the Ghana Police Service
  • Donation of a genset and pickup to the Madina Polyclinic
  • Donations to the Weija Leprosarium
  • Donations to rehab centres and Veterans Association of Ghana
  • Financial assistance to the Ghana Heart Foundation
  • Blood donation to the National Blood Service, Ghana
  • Donations to the Dzorwulu Special School
  • Supporting the Twin City Special School
  • Blood donation to the Effia Nkwanta Blood Bank
  • Provision of security light for Baka Ano/Zongo Community in the Western Region
  • Supporting the Twin City School for the Deaf, Sekondi
  • Supporting good health care for patients at the Essikado Poly-Clinic, Sekondi
  • Donations to the Volta School for the Deaf
  • Donations to the Bogoso Health Centre
  • Provision of street light at the Bogoso Chapel square community
  • Provision of furniture to the District Assembly J.H.S. at Bogoso
  • Donations to the Bogoso Health Centre
  • Donations to the Hohoe Government Hospital