Since 2017 Bishop Joel M. Konzen S.M. Catholic School and Joy Health Centre has been a source of vitality for the community in Avenui, Volta Region, Ghana. Despite not having a building we have provided for the community in various ways with the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church. The following are just a few of the projects we have been involved with so you can get a taste of how you are supporting the community.
In October 2020 PFSHC held a Book Fair in the village of Avenui home of PFSHC. Since school had been closed since March 2020 excitement was in the air. PFSHC had received 1000+ primary academic school books from St. Ann Catholic School, Naples Fl. and St, John The Evangelist Catholic School in Hapeville, GA. With the support of tribal elders the crowd was overwhelming. Moms and Dads were in line early to obtain valuable education assistance for their children.
Health Security Initiative
The Health Security Initiative was designed for the children who will be guests of PFSHC. Once Covid-19 became a health concern in March 2020 PFSHC launched an initiative to protect the children. Each child received a veronica wash bucket, then each month they have received a Hygiene kit, vitamins, supplements, extra food and additional visits by a Healthcare professionals.
The first annual PFSHC tournament was held in October 2019 with the second tournament held in November 2020. Both Boys and Girls teams were formed. The local soccer clubs and local public schools all received soccer balls and equipment that was collected in Tucson, AZ and Naples, FL
Annual Christmas Party
Since 2016 PFSHC has hosted a fabulous Christmas party at Margaret Marquart Catholic Hospital in Kpando. Main of the children who attend are from very rural poor villages. Each receives outpatient treatment at Margaret Marquart Catholic Hospital.
Gabikpo Island School
Gabipko Island School is located in the middle of Lake Volta. Sadly Lake Volta is known for the trafficking of children for labor. It is inhabited by 310 residents. There is no electricity or running water. The school is an open pavilion that has approximately 40 students. On our first visit there in July 2015, there was a teacher who had 2 books and 2 mobile blackboards. The children were sitting on the ground or rocks. They had no desks, paper,pencils, academic books etc. With assistance from Catholic World Mission we returned in October 2015 with 40 desks as well as school supplies and books. At the ceremony of the presentation of the donations the Queen Mother of the community stated “Many people have visited our home and stated they would return to help, but you are the first to do it.” We are currently providing school supplies and books each quarter.
Tsawenu school is located just outside Ho. It is pre-k through 9th grade. It is severely under resourced. Since July 2015,the Outreach Program has been providing school supplies and books to the school. Several of the orphans and vulnerable children in the program attend school in Tsawenu.
PFCHS Outreach is providing scholarships for students to go here!