Bekoe lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer, art and reading are Bekoe's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Bekoe will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Bekoe lives in the coastal community of Ashaiman, home to approximately 239,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Gas and the most commonly spoken language is Ga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria and malnutrition. Most adults in Ashaiman work as fishermen, day laborers, petty traders or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs schools, qualified teachers, employment opportunities and skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Peter Methodist Child Development Center to provide Bekoe with Bible teaching, health screenings, vaccinations, deworming, nutritious food, recreational activities, educational materials, social clubs, educational field trips and tuition. The center staff will also provide opportunities to discuss the welfare of the children for the parents or guardians of Bekoe.
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: Northwest of Tema