The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) class of 2020 students at SOS Hermann-Gmeiner International College (SOS-HGIC) donated two incubators and three photo-therapy machines to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Tema General Hospital.
The donated equipment worth GHS90,000 was procured through a fundraising project called ‘Spectrum’ held by Class of 2020 to support treatment of premature babies and help prevent infant mortality in pursuit of SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being. The major outreach was made as part of the Creative Action Service (CAS) requirement of the International Baccalaureate Program, which requires penultimate-year students to undertake a project of their own design that address a need within the community. Every year, final year students undertake similar projects. They identify a challenge in a community, strategize, and fundraise to achieve their objectives.
Ms. Kezia Baye, representative of the Class of 2020, explained that the students identified a pressing need in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Tema General Hospital. Ms. Baye noted that the group acted within their responsibility as global citizens who are passionate about their community and reached out to help people in need. She was excited that the Class of 2020 was able to meeting project target.
Mr. Daniel Debrah, a member of the Class of 2020, described the outreach project as a fulfilling experience. He noted that there was a culture of service in the school, which encouraged students to reach out to people in the community. Mr. Debrah expressed gratitude to parents who patronized their fundraising, businesses and other stakeholders.
Vice Principal of Hermann-Gmeiner International College Mr. Nii Armah Akita said the class of 2020 had demonstrated that they were always prepared to use their knowledge in the service of Africa, especially to tackle problems within their communities. Greater Accra Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services Dr. Charity Sarpong commended the students for finding it urgent to raise funds to provide critically needed equipment to the hospital.