Catholic Evangelization in Ghana

In 2009, the doors were opened to begin a wonderful partnership lifting some of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Ghana out of physical and spiritual suffering. We began with shipping medical beds to hospitals that did not have enough. When they ran out of beds, nurses would put two people on one and then a third underneath when every bed had two people. Our mission did not stop there, thanks to our generous donors we have helped fund water wells, the construction of medical clinics, evangelization across the country, distribution of Eucharistic monstrances and many other projects.

Ghana-Cocoa Farm 2022

A Project that Sustains the Community and the Church

YOU have uplifted many lives in Enchi, Ghana in the past few years by building a Catholic Church, a primary and middle school, and a water tower. These life-changing initiatives have been fruitful by providing material, educational, and spiritual support to the Enchi community. With these initiatives sparking quick growth, the community needed to adapt to new and expanding needs.

The process of collecting the cocoa that grows on the farm is time-consuming.

The unstable rainfall limits farming to take place only during rainy seasons, instead of year-round. The farm is in need of additional supplies and equipment such as fertilizers, sprayers, and tools. Also, yielding more crops will require a larger storage unit. Finally, one of the greatest struggles is that most of the determined workers have to travel long distances by foot each day to work on the farm.

Now, we have the amazing opportunity to help Enchi’s cocoa farm conquer its existing challenges, increase cocoa production, and become a stable means of income for the entire community and the church!

Luckily, we have created a plan alongside Monsignor Simon Assamoah that addresses each of these concerns…

  • A tractor would save the cocoa farmer’s time and create an efficient way to collect the crop in the field
  • An irrigation system would allow the farm to be in operation year-round and no longer controlled by unpredictable rainfall
  • Providing additional equipment and storage would prepare the farm for its next phase of growth
  • Building new homes on the farm to house forty workers and their families would remove the exhausting trek to-and-from work AND allow the children to receive an education at the nearby school

The cocoa farm is in dire need of equipment storage space and housing for the farmers and their families.

With self-sustainability in mind, Monsignor Simon’s innovative thinking led him to start a cocoa farm.

Ghana is the second-largest producer of cocoa in the world and many of the Enchi residents are cocoa farmers.

Water for Egyam Children’s Home in Ghana

The gift of “sachet” water

At the Egyam Children’s Home, 78 orphaned children get to earn an education, learn about the Gospel, and form a family with each other. Thanks to the Sisters who run the home these precious children have a place to call home.

During a trip to Ghana, Deacon Rick met with the Sisters who were very eager to discuss the possibility of becoming self-sufficient through a unique and effective income-generating way…

Drinking water sold in plastic bags, also known as sachet water, is growing rapidly in West Africa. The Sisters saw this opportunity and ran with it. Currently, the Egyam Home has two water wells on its property. One of these can be converted and used commercially to produce sachet water on a large scale.

With your ongoing help, we can help the Egyam Children’s Home produce sachet water on a large scale for their surrounding community!

Ghana_Egyam Children's home has two water tanks

The Home has two water wells on its property. One of these can be converted and used commercially to produce sachet water on a large scale.

Together we can purchase a KOYO machine for the home which bags water in small size packets to sell. The returns will greatly surpass this initial investment once the Home is selling these water packets.
“If we are able to start this water facility, the proceeds will help us care for and educate the children God has placed under our care,”—Sister Mary Gladys
We have the chance to keep the Egyam Children’s Home open and change the lives of many orphaned children. This water facility is not only a blessing for the community but an outward symbol of gaining self-sufficiency.

Ghana School and Health Center

Mike Barry seen center giving school supplies to GIS - Ghana

Giving the Children of West Ghana Hope

Our dedicated partner and missionary, Michael Barry has visited Ghana numerous times, and seen the pressing needs of the people. He has made it his life purpose to help those in need and contribute to bettering the society, especially in Ghana, having seen their struggle first-hand.

We have joined Michael in 2015 to provide school supplies and desks to poor children at the Gabikpo Island School.

50% complete we are partnering with Michael once again to build the Pope Francis Home & School in Ghana. It will serve not only the abandoned orphans in the village of Awudome-Avenui, but also the children on the Gabikpo Island, and bring in jobs for the village.

Click “updates” to see progress pictures and read about the progress.

Ghana Responds to COVID-19

Battling a Pandemic in the Developing World

When the COVID-19 global pandemic struck unexpectedly, the world was left overwhelmed, worried, and ill-prepared. The lack of knowledge and lack of control compelled Christ’s faithful to fall on their knees and ask for direction, protection, and healing. At Catholic World Mission, we are fervently praying for you and your loved ones’ lasting health and well-being.

Ghana - Bibiani Gov. Hospital supplies given - COVID response -

Unfortunately, a pandemic health-crisis affects us all, especially those who were already battling poverty. In the developing world, the needs of our brothers and sisters have exponentially surged, lessening their hope for healing. Prior to COVID-19, Ghana communities lacked proper infrastructure and access to essential resources. This deficient and unreliable foundation has led to even greater shortages during the most critical time. For example, many major hospitals lacked the basic medical needs to even wash their hands, leaving patients, medical staff, and all individuals who come into contact with the virus vulnerable.

There are two major dioceses in the Western region of Ghana: The Wiawso Diocese and The Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese. In these communities, people are clinging on to their faith and are desperately in need of mercy and generous hearts to face the pandemic.

Ghana - St. John at Sefwi Asafo - hospital supply given

Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi – Place of Worship

The Marian Shrine at Egyam

Having a central and reliable place of worship allows all brothers and sisters in Christ to gather for healing, community, faithful development, and praise. The Marian Shrine in the diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana has served as this central place of worship for nearly 75 years.

The Sekondi-Takoradi diocese is home to 67 parishes and around 270,000 Catholics. Besides serving the immediate community, The Marian Shrine also welcomes numerous visitors, both Catholic and non-Catholic, since it is a highly revered and sought-after landmark for various pilgrimages. Within the shrine are two projects including the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and the Stations of the Cross.

For the past few years, the Marian Shrine has undergone much needed reconstruction towards its overall infrastructure. With the generous support of local businesses, the Knights of Columbus of All Saints Catholic Church in Georgia, and the Ghana Friendship Project, the community was able to build a new, beautifully-crafted Stations of the Cross within the Shrine.

Pilgrimage to Stations of the Cross - Marian Shrine - Takoradi Ghana

Moving forward, the community intends on finalizing reconstruction and building a hostel for pilgrims to safely spend their days and nights at the shrine. We humbly ask for your support to help provide a reliable place of community, hopeful healing, and joyous worship.

Building with Hope – a Church for Enchi

Children helping build - Enchi, Ghana

Enchi Needs Your Support!

4,000 Christian families and their children in Enchi, Ghana do not currently have a church. This is because their beloved church was demolished earlier this year due to cracks compromising the structural integrity of the building. The villagers are working tirelessly to rebuild a church home, but they will be stopped in their tracks if they run out of funds.

The blessing of a church, of a spiritual home, is one that many throughout the world do not have. This is true especially for the many children and families in Enchi, Ghana, who have recently had to give up their spiritual home because it was crumbling around them. Now, they are adrift and the growing Catholic community of Enchi has nowhere else to turn but to us, their brothers and sisters in Christ, for assistance.

Now is the time to support the Enchi community.

Children Wake Up at Dawn to Walk Miles and Collect Disease-Riddled Water

More than 840,000 People Die Each Year from a Water-Related Disease

Children are diagnosed with malaria, river blindness, bilharzia, and more from drinking unsafe water. Each one painful and dangerous to their bodies. Not only that, 750 million people currently do not have access to clean water.

Catholic World Mission is partnering with four villages in Ghana to bring more than 8,000 children and their families’ clean water. There is an opportunity for you today to help their plight.

3 children with water buckets with the caption: "miracle of water"

Spreading the Gift of Eucharistic Adoration

See How the Donation of Monstrances Spreads the Gospel

Monsignor Simon displaying monstrances

Catholic World Mission strongly emphasizes evangelistic revival and spiritual development in its core values. Thanks to generous CWM donors Eucharistic Adoration monstrances have been provided to underprivileged parishes in Ghana to foster increased devotion to the life-giving power of the Eucharist. Through the donation of a monstrance, we hope to increase opportunity for individuals to strengthen their relationship with God and for community devotion. The key mission is to let the power of the Eucharist change the world.

The first areas of emphasis are 20 dioceses in Ghana, Africa. Through the humble assistance of Msgr. Simon (pictured above) one monstrance, pictured here, will be delivered to each diocese to greater encourage community gatherings for Eucharistic Adoration from the many parishes and even greater number of outstations in Ghana. With God’s grace, communities around the world will be lifted up through the power of the Eucharist one monstrance at a time.

St. Joseph School, Enchi

Children are our future no matter where they live.

Children are our future no matter where they live. It is our duty and our privledge to help children around the world who are trapped in the cycle of poverty. 80,000 children die each year in Ghana due to treatable and preventable diseases. We are blessed by your support to help the children in Ghana by putting a roof over their heads so they aren’t eating on dirt floors, and clothes in their back to protect their skin against the sun.

Students in new uniforms - Ghana
Children in new covered dining hall - Ghana

You can continue supporting the Children in Ghana today.

Parish Outreach Ghana

Only 2 priests serving 26 outstations

Parishioners Receiving Catechists Training
Parishioners Receiving Catechists Training
Parishioners Receiving Catechists Training
Catechists training Ghana
Catholic World Mission donors have provided training and transportation to facilitate the needs of a parish which covers a vast area in the Archdiocese of Waiwso.
The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Enchi has only two priests who serve not only the needs of the parish, but also the needs of people in 26 outstations which feed into the parish.
The Associate Pastor visits these outstations in rotation. The catechists play a critical role in filling the gap: preparing parishioners for sacraments, teaching Church doctrine, and caring for the concerns of the villagers.

Medical Shipments

Shipping millions of dollars in medical gift-in-kind

Catholic World Mission donors have made it possible for us to ship millions of dollars in medical gift-in-kind to Ghana- just this past year. Supplying short-term clinics and stocking hospitals with essentials such as ECG machines, patient beds, incubators, respirators, anesthesia machines, exam tables, antibiotics and lab supplies, we feel certain that this program has saved lives.

We want to do more! Treatable and preventable diseases kill over 80,000 people – mostly children – each year in Ghana. A simple infection can lead to a deadly disease without proper antibiotics and care. About 25% of the population in rural villages test positive for malaria. Hepatitis b is prevalent and proven deadly, although very treatable, given the availability of medicines.

Our Hope for Ghana: With your continued support we can fund various missions to fulfill the beatitudes they most need in the most remote parts of Ghana. Click the other tabs to explore our projects.

Yiwabra Medical Clinic

Every year in Ghana 80,000 children die from treatable and preventable diseases.

Walls of the Yiawbra Medical Clinic
Doctors, Nurses and Techs of Medical Clinic

Yiwabra is a tiny village a couple of hours from Enchi, (but people from Yiwabra do not have access to transportation to get to the bigger villages). The village has little infrastructure and no hospital. Our mission for Yiwabra is to build a permanant medical clinic. So far they have a well, septic tank, and roofing materials, but there is more to do! A medical clinic in such a remote area is life saving for a village like Yiwabra.

We partnered with the Diocese of Wiawso to build a Medical Clinic for Yiawbra, Ghana with the anticipation to finish in 2015. We have come a long way from building the foundation to raising the roof. Explore the tabs to learn more about this Medical Clinic in Ghana.

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