Working Through the Local Church
As in every country where Compassion ministers, in Ghana, our program of holistic, long-term child development is delivered through the local church. Compassion believes the church is God’s chosen vessel to bring hope to the hopeless and justice to the poor and oppressed. Also, it is the local church that is uniquely qualified to understand the needs of the community and reach its impoverished children. The local church has been working in the community long before Compassion comes along, and it will be there after Compassion’s mission is completed. And in Ghana, the church has proven to be a more effective agent of development than political, educational or other institutions.
How Compassion Works in Ghana
Compassion's work in Ghana began in 2004. Currently, more than 45,300 children participate in 195 child development centers.
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Ghana’s children with a long-term program of physical, educational, social and spiritual development. Through this partnership between Compassion and local churches, children in need have the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
As the link between Compassion’s country office and the individual partner churches operating child development centers, Partnership Facilitators play an important role. Each Partnership Facilitator in Ghana oversees 12 Compassion centers, helping them be the best they can be at meeting the needs of children in poverty.
One of these dedicated staff members is Samuel Okoampa. He always finds visiting the centers interesting and challenging. To reach some centers, he sometimes has to wait in line for a taxi for three hours, which is then crammed with up to 12 people.
Nevertheless, Samuel enjoys his job as a Partnership Facilitator. It gives him great satisfaction to arrive at a center and see the children filled with joy because of Compassion.