Ireland Ghana Paediatric Project (IGPP) is a non-profit, volunteer organisation between Ireland and Ashaiman, a township outside Tema, Ghana.
What Is the Project About?
The aim of the project is to improve and nurture the health, education and welfare of the children in Ashaiman.
The long term aim of the project is the building of a new school, church and children’s’ clinic. Currently the school, comprising 150 pupils, is in a wooden hut, attached to the Holy Gabriel Church. The children’s’ clinic is held outside in the grounds, underneath a tree. Given that the estimated population of Ashaiman is 250,000, is it a very important and necessary mission! 30% of the populations are children. Building began in 2009 and the structures are well underway. The most vulnerable, sick and impoverished children will be able to access medicines, healthcare and services not previously available to them. We also aim to improve education and outlook, equipping them with better skills for their future lives.
While raising money long term for the structures to be built, IGPP runs outreach programmes to the area of Ashaiman. These programmes and both medical and non-medical and there are placements for volunteers both in and out of the healthcare field.
The placements give people an opportunity to work in Africa and experience health, education and culture in the developing world. Placements are short and last 2-3 weeks. Please see the volunteer section for details on various outreaches and the types of outreach programmes available.