Maternity Ward Project in Ghana
First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield (FPC) is spearheading a campaign to build a much-needed maternity ward in Ghana. We got involved in this project after meeting with people who live and work in the Volta Region during a mission trip. Our prior interaction with Ghana was small (donations to an orphanage and health clinic), so taking on a project of this size required a proverbial leap of faith, trusting that God would provide. With the help of PCUSA missionary, Rev. Josh Heikkila, we formed a partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana (EPC), sensing God’s call to come alongside them to address unmet needs in the Volta Region. The EPC has programs that support homeless children, farmers, fisherman, and people in need of healthcare, but the needs are far greater than their resources.
EPC leaders believe that a separate maternity ward at their Dzemeni Medical Clinic is a top priority. Dzemeni is a rural fishing town on the banks of Lake Volta. People travel great distances to go to its market and, while there, take advantage of the medical clinic. It provides basic screening and medical care for anyone in need. Currently, at least four births occur there every day, and mothers and babies share one very small recovery room. However, it is believed the number of births would double if there was a larger, better-equipped birthing facility onsite.
With funds already raised within First Presbyterian Church and throughout the Presbytery, ground has been broken at Dzemeni! We continue to fundraise to complete the building, equip it, and train staff. We have a clear strategy for collecting donations, using the EPC’s established account at PCUSA, which receives donations, disburses funds, and requires reporting that demonstrates proper use of funds.
This maternity ward is an opportunity for us to help our brothers and sisters in Ghana meet the needs in their community. It’s family helping family. Partner with us on this life-giving project, as a long-term investment and a tangible expression of love. Click the gold DONATE button to make your contribution (instructions below button).
Questions? Call FPC's office at 203-374-6176 or email GMWP Chair, Patti Law, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your support!
The gold DONATE button will take you to the PCUSA donation site:
- When there, click the yellow GIVE button
- Enter amount of donation
- Click the box next to: 'This is an Honorary Donation'
- Then type in "Ghana Maternity Ward Partnership"