The total development of the human being - spirit, soul and body - is crucial for the proper functioning of man in order for him to fulfill his divine destiny and assignment here on earth.
The International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), since its establishment in February 1984, has demonstrated its commitment to this cause by meeting not only the spiritual needs of its members and congregation but also their social and emotional needs, among others. Beyond its members and congregation, ICGC has also been living up to its social responsibility to the community and the nation at large.
In the late 1990’s, ICGC established Central Aid and the Central University College. Central Aid has, among other things, been offering educational scholarships to brilliant but needy students throughout the country at the second-cycle level irrespective of their religious affiliations. Central University College (CUC), on the other hand, has been offering first class cutting-edge education at the tertiary level to complement government’s effort in the development of our nation’s human capital.
ICGC has supported institutions like the Ghana Heart Foundation, Princess Marie Louis Children’s Hospital, Plastic Surgery Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Blood Bank of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Mamocare (breast cancer screening project), Osu Children’s Home and other orphanages. The church also supported the rehabilitation of freed Trokosi slaves. Indeed, the church continues to support a number of these institutions on a regular basis. For instance, every year the church collaborates with the Blood Bank of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to conduct two (2) blood donation exercises for its members and congregation.
In 2007, ICGC constructed a 50-bed 2-storey fully-furnished boys’ hostel for the Osu Children’s Home at a cost of $200,000. The facility comprised a dormitory, state-of-the-art e-learning centre, staff flat, dining room, store room, sick bay and washrooms.
In 2008, ICGC constructed a $100,000 recreational facility comprising basketball, volleyball and tennis courts for the mutual use and benefit of its members, the community and interested members of the general public.
The ‘ICGC Clean Water Project’ is the current project of the church and is aimed at providing some deprived communities in the country with good drinking water. Under the current phase of the project, Twenty (20) boreholes fitted with hand-pumps have been constructed at a cost of $200,000 in selected communities in the Ga West Municipal Area of the Greater-Accra Region of Ghana. Some of the communities are buruli ulcer endemic areas; others have high iron levels in their groundwater resources. It is estimated that a total population of over 12,000 people will be served with good drinking water in these communities.
Construction started in November 2008 with the first batch of 6 boreholes being commissioned on 23rd February 2009, one of the beneficiary communities. The second batch of another 6 boreholes fitted with hand-pumps was commissioned on 19th October 2009 at Onyaben, another beneficiary community. The commissioning of the last batch of 8 boreholes fitted with hand-pumps is planned for August 2010 at Wozoamekope to conclude the project in the Ga West Municipal Area.
The provision of the boreholes in these communities has impacted positively on the lives of the people with significant improvements in their social, economic and health status. For instance,
There has been a very significant reduction in the amount of time and energy the women and children spend in fetching water
The incidence of water-borne diseases in the beneficiary communities has reduced
Attendance and punctuality of children to school has also improved tremendously