Elizabeth makes her home with her grandmother. Carrying water, caring for children and washing clothes are her household duties. Her grandmother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Elizabeth participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, listening to music and reading are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Elizabeth will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Elizabeth lives in the coastal community of Sakumono Township, home to approximately 22,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Gas and the most commonly spoken language is Ga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition and skin infections. Most adults in Sakumono Township work as fishermen, farmers or petty traders and earn the equivalent of $58 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, housing, schools, qualified teachers, a playground and a library.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mt. Zion Methodist Child Development Center to provide Elizabeth with Bible classes, choir, vaccinations, health screenings, hygiene education, nutritious food, games, social clubs, educational materials and tuition.
The Republic of Ghana is a coastal country in western Africa with a tropical climate. This small country is hot and humid as it borders the Gulf of Guinea. Once called the Gold Coast, Ghana is rich in natural resources including gold, diamonds and rubber. Even though the country is wealthy in resources, about 45 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty, making less than U.S.$1 a day.
Most of Ghana's more than 23 million people live in cities. About 98 percent of the population is African, split among six major tribes. But Ghana is flooded with refugees from its neighbors - war-torn Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo. Nearly 69 percent of the population is Christian, 16 percent is Muslim, and 8 percent follow indigenous beliefs. English is the official language, but some people speak native African languages such as Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe and Ga. Compassion works primarily in the coastal region in southern Ghana.
Though Ghana was the first British colonial country in Africa to gain its independence, it has been plagued by political violence since it was established in 1957. Between 1957 and 1979, Ghana experienced a series of bloody and bloodless coups. Finally in 1992, a new constitution establishing a multiparty government was adopted and remains in place today. John Kufuor was elected Ghana's president in 2000, and began serving his second term in 2004.
Map of Ghana
Child's Location: West of Tema