Junior lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Junior participates in Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Junior will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Junior lives in the coastal community of Apam, home to approximately 21,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Fantis and the most commonly spoken language is Fanti.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, malaria, typhoid fever and sexually transmitted diseases. Most adults in Apam work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $29 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, employment opportunities, recreation centers, employable skills training and irrigation systems.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Apam Mount Zion Child Development Center to provide Junior with Bible classes, health screening, hygiene education, vaccinations, outdoor and indoor games, social clubs, tuition and vocational counseling. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Junior.
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: East of Cape Coast