iVolu, a Ghanaian-based Non-Governmental Organization has paid a courtesy call on the Ga Mantse, ahead of its official launch.
In lieu with the vist, iVolu International has promised to help the community in some of the challenges facing them. Key amongst them which is health, the NGO has promised to register children above 12 years under the National Health Insurance Scheme as well as offer health screening for Jamestown indigenes.
On the visit to the King’s palace on Sunday, December 9, 2018, the iVolu Team, led by the Executive Director, Nana Gyau Amoah, says, “about 300 to 500 selected children from the community will be registered FREELY under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), including sex education and distribution of contraceptives. As part of our social responsibility, we’ve decided to help Jamestown because it is a very key tourist community situated in the heart of Ghana’s Central business district, Accra, therefore must be well catered for. We are here to support in our own small way and we hope to see other individuals, NGOs and Corporate Bodies also to come in and support.”
His Royal Majesty, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, Ga Mantse, welcomed the kind gesture and gave iVolu the lead to embark on the project. He however wished the age range of 12 years could be increased to cater for other older children in the community, he pleaded. The project is set to kick off in January 2019.
Nana Gyau Amoah, in a later address promised to increase the age limit from 12 to 17 years. Janaury 26, 2019 is set for the take off of project.
IVOLU is a voluntary organization founded in 2016. The Formation of the NGO was inspired by works done by its founders with various non-profit and philanthropic organizations over the years. iVolu’s objective is to create the spirit of volunteerism across all walks of life without barriers that is race, gender, age, geographical location etc… As part of its objectives, they aim at providing charitable services to our communities and beyond, providing help/shelter/facilities to underprivileged individuals and communities, providing mentorship and guidance to individuals, contributing towards the development and maintenance of underprivileged communities and many more
Jamestown, located directly east of the Korle Lagoon, Jamestown and Usshertown are the oldest districts in the city of Accra, Ghana and emerged as communities around the 17th century British James Fort and Dutch Ussher Fort on the Gulf of Guinea coast. These districts were heavily developed by the end of the 19th century, and following the rapid growth of the city during the 20th century, they became areas of a dense mixture of commercial and residential use.
Currently, Jamestown serves as a tourist attraction and a venue for the annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival that brings together people from not just all over the country but all over the world. But in recent times, Jamestown has become one of the very poorest suburbs within Ghana’s capital city, Accra.
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