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QUARTERLY
NEWSLETTER
Vol. A-02
JANUARY-MARCH 2018

SVD JPIC MINISTRY, ACCRA DISTRICT


DIVINE WORD MISSIONARIES, GHANA PROVINCE, JPIC MINISTRY-ACCRA IF YOU DO GOOD TO OTHERS YOU DO GOOD
TO YOURSELF. BE YOUR BROTHER’S KEEPER
DISTRICT

6. Know the facts which you 16. Do not have consumer


have taken time to verify and mentality.
authenticate before applying
them in the ministry. 17. Be an agent of peace,
justice and integrity of creation.
7. Demonstrate love to those
you serve by identifying 18. Be reflective and prayerful
yourself with them. in doing JPIC ministry.

8. Passion for service to people


is the underlying impetus for OUR MISSION
overcoming challenges in the
ministry. Our mission is to raise
DOING JPIC MINISTRY
WITH HEART AND 9. Be merciful to those who are awareness of issues
HANDS sick, marginalized, oppressed bordering on justice,
and stigmatized. peace, human rights,
When we do JPIC ministry we
must keep in the mind the 10.Give just treatment to all development and integrity
following: people, especially workers in of creation as well as to
our houses. take concrete steps to
1. Show respect for differences
that exist among people. 11. Do not be judgmental respond to them.
towards those who perpetrate
2. Conduct surveys and social crimes that bring suffering
analysis in order to see the upon others.
direction to take in tackling
OUR VISION
social problems. 12.Always use non-violence
method in reacting to unjust We seek to live and work
3. Collaborate with others in situations. in solidarity with the poor
doing JPIC ministry. and vulnerable people in
13.In conflict resolution, never
4. Deal with issues from take side, not even with the world characterized by
bottom up and seek assistance minority groups. injustice and poverty and
from opinion leaders. to promote integrity of
14. Live a simple lifestyle.
5. Make use of both theoretical creation.
and practical knowledge in 15. Be ready to defend the
dealing with JPIC issues. rights of the poor and the
vulnerable.
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HAVE WE RESOLVED…? for you. The word of God ask


us to have respect and
As members of the Society compassion for animals (Lev
of Divine Word, Ghana 25: 7; Ex. 12: 12; Ex. 23: 4-5)
Province have we resolved
to manage our wastes
especially plastic waste in
our various communities
in a manner that does not
contribute to
Sunyani Zongo Community
environmental pollution? Health Durbar

Plastic waste in their


SEGREGATE YOUR surroundings. The residents of
the community were advised to
WASTE desist from throwing away
water sachets and polythene
IS IT POSSIBLE TO PRACTICE shopping bags in their The spread of Hepatitis B
SEGREGATION OF WASTE environment. They were also virus in Ghana is life
ACCORDING TO TYPES OF persuaded to consider to use threatening and it is
WASTE? AT LEAST PLASTIC shopping bags that they can necessary that awareness of
WASTE SHOULD BE reuse several times instead of this disease be created since
SEPARATED FROM ORGANIC those they use once and throw many Ghanaians are still not
WASTE. way. They were encouraged to aware of it. The mode of
pick plastic waste for some
transmission of this disease
money for companies that
presents the fear that many
SANITATION recycle them.
can contract it easily. It is
CAMPAIGN IN against this background that
SUNYANI ZONGO the JPIC Team of SVD
COMMUNITY DO YOU HAVE RIGHT Accra District in
RELALTIONSHIP collaboration with some
JPIC Team of Accra District ANIMALS?
has launched Sanitation health workers (volunteers)
Campaign for from November organized a health awareness
till the end of the first quarter programme to sensitize some
of 2018. The team aimed to residents of Ablekuma in the
carry the said campaign to Ga South District in Accra
communities and schools in about the disease.
Ghana. On the 25 November
2017, in collaboration with Ms Ivy Appiah one of the
some health workers from volunteers, gave a brief talk
Sunyani Municipal Hospital the about the disease and
team organized sanitation
Some human persons have no
advised the group to be
programme in Zongo cautious about it. She also
respect and compassion for
community in Sunyani. During advised them to encourage
animals. These persons are not
their normal community other people to go for
qualified to keep pets in their
durbar, the team sought to use
homes. If you don’t care screening and be immunized
the platform to raise awareness
whether your pets eat or sleep against the disease. In all
of the dangers of throwing
in decent places, pets are not some 53 persons were given
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free screening and 49 THE CRY OF NATURE Rather they increase my


persons were vaccinated venom.
against Hepatitis B virus at a I am scared, I am scared; Pecuniary superiority
highly subsidized fee. The complexities of they seek.
advancement Thus they deplete and
Have thrown me to my
APPEAL FOR deathbed.
ransack my treasuries;
SPONSORSHIP Flora and fauna even cry
The manipulation of the for survival.
big-headed The voracity of their crave
SVD JPIC ACCRA DISTRICT Drag my soul into the is scaring,
Team is soliciting your unknown. And I am scared and I am
financial support in order And at quaffing- gathering scared.
to be able to reach out they plan my extinction.
more effectively to the I hear here and there, They know not where
poor and needy as well to Atrocities of colossal sizes they go.
deal with justice, peace And I am scared. The blind and the mute
and integrity of creation go before them;
issues in the district and Construction and Their foolery is distilled
beyond. We seek your destruction, their from egoism.
sponsorship for our engagement. The breed of the greedy,
activities. Please send Clashes of religions drive And they plunge into the
your donations to Fr. away the meaning of the pool of fools
Ignatius Ayivor, SVD Divine. To take a dirty bath
(JPIC, Accra District The Haves trample upon In the confusion of
Coordinator) and receipt the Have-nots; misunderstanding.
will be issued. Call +233 The portfolio bearers But I am scared and I am
0547162260 and make deride the commons. scared.
your donation. I dislike the Sphinx’s gaze
at my nocturnal spying. But I give up not on my
Liars multiply their hope.
IN MANY PRISONS IN
numbers; I hope the perfect
THE WORLD THERE
They tread upon my sickly
ARE A GOOD NUMBER harmony from the Divine
OF INMATES WHO ARE
nerves, in due time
INNOCENT, BUT FOR
And I am scared. Will be restored…
LACK OF PROOF OF And humankind will
INNOCENCE THEY ARE When I blow a fuse breathe
WALLOWING IN At the fumes they The air of love and
SORROW WITHIN THE suffocate me with- serenity.
FOUR WALLS OF disaster, catastrophe,
PRISONS. REMEMBER Yet they disgust my (Fr. Ignatius Ayivor, SVD)
TO PRAY FOR THEM. lessons.
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EVANGELISATION streets and lanes of Weija


/SANITATION township. About 1500
flyers with invitation to
CAMPAIGN WALK embrace the Good news
On the 9 December 2017 of salvation were
Accra District JPIC team distributed to people in
held a joint programme the area. Some rosaries
with Friends of SVD of Ss were also given to few
Peter and Paul Catholic interested individuals
Church (an SVD run parish whom the participants
of Accra Archdiocese) who encountered during the
organized Health Walk walk.
with Evangelisation. JPIC
The Walk finally returned
team joined the Walk to
to the church compound
embark on sanitation
where it started and
campaign with the theme:
ended with aerobics and
CARE FOR THE
refreshment.
ENVIRONMENT: YOUR Evangelisation/Sanitation
RESPOSIBILITY. A good Campaign Walk
number of catholic faithful
from Ss Peter and Paul
and St. Margaret Mary
“None of us can think
Parish, Dansoman actively
participated in the we are exempt from
programme. concern for the poor
and for social justice.
The Walk started from Ss
Peter and Paul Catholic
Spiritual conversion,
Church compound, with a the intensity of the
Some of the participants of the
brass band music Walk
love of God and
accompanying the Walk neighbor, zeal for
and the participants who justice and peace, the
dressed in sport outfits, .
OPEN YOUR Gospel meaning of the
holding placards with poor and of poverty,
messages; some of which
EYES TO THE
read: A Tidy Home Is a PLIGHT OF are required of
Happy Home; Be Clean! THE POOR everyone.”
Be Eco-friendly; Don’t AND NEEDY (Pope Francis,
throw waste into gutters;
Evangelii Gaudium,
Get a good toilet in your
house, etc. The float par. 201)
passed through some
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At the end of the brief


FIGHT AGAINST talk, one of the school
WRONG DISPOSAL children thanked Mr. Kley
OF PLASTIC WASTE for his talk and promised
that they would do well to
On 1st December, 2017 put into practice all that
JPIC, Accra District Team they were told.
launched a sanitation
campaign and
orchestrated some ATTENTION TO ALL
ACCRA DISTRICT
strategy to sensitize
PARISH/COMMUNITY JPIC
children of some basic TEAMS
schools against wrong
disposal of plastic waste in Mr. Mawuli Kley delivering the You can download your
the environment. The talk to the school children JPIC Ministry Manual and
team planned to visit forms at:
example of those who
some twenty schools and throw plastic waste JPICAD MANUAL
extend the campaign around. They were asked
message to them from https://www.docdroid.net
to be agents of sanitation
January till March 2018. /TCtLlrM/svdjpic-accra-
both at school and at
district.doc
On the 6th of December home, so that they could
2017, Mr. Mawuli Kley, a advise their peers and JPICAD CASE
member of JPIC Accra parents in a polite way not NOTIFICATION FORM
District Team was with the to throw plastic waste in
their surroundings. https://www.docdroid.net
school children of Ss Peter
/Sg8GHTh/case-
and Paul Catholic School
notification-form.doc
at New Aplaku, Accra and
briefly gave them a JPICAD ACTIVITY REPORT
message regarding the FORM
need to take care of the
https://www.docdroid.net
environment and to desist
/4fd9RVM/activity-
from throwing around
report.doc
plastic waste like water
sachets, plastic bottles JIPCAD TEAM
and polythene bags. FORMATION FORM
The school children at Ss Peter
The children were advised and Paul Catholic School https://www.docdroid.net
to always make sure that listening to Mr. Mawuli Kley /nx7Rr6v/jpicad-team-
they do not follow the bad as he delivered the talk to form.doc
them.
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Talk Points for and love for the • They create


Campaign Against environment. problems for plants,
Plastic Waste PLASTIC WASTE
wildlife and even
human population.
JPIC Accra District
Team launched a
Introduction • They are meant for
campaign against • God created the durability and
world. (Genesis 1 & therefore are not
plastic waste in the
2). biodegradable.
environment. We • God gave every
planned to deliver a • They are made from
created thing to
brief talk on plastic man so that he toxic compounds
waste in at least 90 takes care of all. known to cause
schools, (basic and • Human beings have illness.
senior high schools) the responsibility to • Burning plastic is
before the end of the take care of the incredibly toxic, and
environment.
first quarter of this can lead to harmful
year, 2018. We atmospheric
therefore solicit the What is plastic waste? conditions and
involvement of all SVD • Type of garbage of deadly illness.
confreres in Ghana disposable • As wind blows away
province. Worship day products, such as plastic bags they get
and time in schools water sachets or stuck on poles,
could be an opportune plastic bottles and traffic lights, trees,
time to give the said any plastic fences, etc. and can
talk. Please use the containers. suffocate to death
talk points provided • Any plastic material animals that
below (or download it) which has been mistake them for
and give a 5 minute dumped in the food. In oceans,
talk in schools in your environment. they suffocate to
area. Please, let us death turtles that
know the name of the Dangers of plastic waste swallow them.
school in which you • Plastic waste
Measures to prevent
have given the talk by negatively impacts plastic waste
reporting your activity the natural
on this platform. Thank environment. • Do not throw plastic
you for your concern material in the
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environment; use associations to seek Jacobs Laurens Limited,


just wages and working donated some building
the dustbin.
conditions.
materials to assist in
• Use paper or cloth
carrying out our humble
bag which can be project for the
HUMBLE RESPONSE TO
used several times Dwenewoho village.
THE NEED OF SCHOOL
for shopping. FOR CHILDREN OF The community members
• Use reusable water DWENEWOHO VILLAGE were desirous to have the
bottles. NEAR KINTAMPO school for their children
• Tell friends and and were ready to support
by way of communal
siblings not to The viallge, Dwenewoho is
labour and also to
throw plastic bags where the Divine Word
remunerate monthly the
or water sachets in Missionaries own a farm.
volunteer teacher who
This village lacks a school
the environment. opted to come to the
for its young dwellers. The
• Though recycling is distance from the village
assistance of the children.
not a total solution, to the nearest school is
encourage recycling great and the small
of plastic waste. children cannot make that
Keep plastic bottles journey on foot to school
and back. For that reason,
and sachets for
the JPIC Accra District
those who collect through collaboration with
them for recycling. Bro. McDaniel Acquah,
SVD, conducted some
A LOOK AT A
investigation and made a
SOCIAL DOCUMENT recommendation that the
OF THE CHURCH only way to curb the
challenge that the
Rerum Novarum (“New
Things”) 1891, of Pope community faces is to
Leo XIII, is about The provide a pavilion for the The building materials donated
Condition of Workers village to start a by Mrs. Sally Jacobs, the CEO of
and it: kindergarten school for Jacobs Laurens Ltd. to the
community of Dwenewoho, near
• -lays out rights and the children. Kintampo. Br. McDaniel received
responsibilities of the donated items on behalf of
The Accra District Team of
capital and labour; the family heads of the
SVD JPIC lobbied for that community (At the extreme left
• -describes the proper need to be satisfied. And stands Br. McDaniel
role of government; fortunately, a Acquah,SVD).

• -protects workers' sympathizer, by name


rights to organise into Mrs. Sally Jacobs, CEO of
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A PPEAL

WE, THE TEAM MEMBERS OF SVD JPIC, ACCRA


DISTRICT, APPEAL TO DIVINE WORD MISSIONARIES
IN ACCRA DISTRICT TO BE INTERESTED IN OUR
EFFORTS TO HELP THE DISTRICT TO ACTIVELY DO
THIS APOSTOLATE. ALL OUR ACHIEVEMENTS ARE
TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
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May the darkness of sin and the night


of unbelief vanish before the Light of the
Word and the Spirit of grace. And may
the heart of Jesus live in the hearts
of all people. Amen.

CONTACT

SVD JPIC Ministry – Accra District, P.O. Box


GP 3285, Accra, Ghana
Email: jpicadsvd@gmail.com
Tel: +233 547162260/0205974921

FR. IGNATIUS AYIVOR, SVD


JPIC Coordinator, Accra District