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 during a mission trip in 2014, and after a visit in 2015, we formed friendships that let to a partnership with people who live and work in the Volta Region. Taking on a project of this size required would not have been possible without the help of PCUSA missionary, Rev. Josh Heikkila. Josh lives in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and he has helped us to form relationships with leaders in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana (EPC). We sensed in 2015 that God was calling us to come alongside our brothers and sisters there to address unmet maternity needs in the Volta Region. The EPC already 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 identified the great need for a maternity ward at their Dzemeni Medical Clinic. Dzemeni is a rural fishing town on Lake Volta, and people travel great distances to go to its market. While there, they take advantage of the medical clinic services, including basic screening and medical care. Anyone in need of care receives it. Currently, three or four births occur there every day, and all mothers and babies share one very small recovery room. EPC believes the number of births will double when the larger and better-equipped birthing facility opens.
Construction is nearly complete! We invite you to help us complete funding raising for construction materials and labor. At the same time, we have launched our efforts to raise funds to equip the building and train staff. We have a safe process for handling 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 exciting opportunity to invest in people! By helping our brothers and sisters in Ghana meet the needs in their community, it’s family helping family. When you "invest" in the maternity ward, the "returns" will go on for decades to come. When you help one woman, you help ten people, because her impact is so essential to the family and community. Partner with us today with your tangible expression of care. 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"