Joseph lives with his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joseph participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing group games is his favorite activity.
Please remember Joseph in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Joseph lives in the coastal community of Elimina, home to approximately 15,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Akan and the most commonly spoken language is Fante.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, bread, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid, diarrhea and cholera. Most adults in Elimina work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $16 per month. This community needs paved streets, educational materials, libraries, income-generating activities and recreational centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Elimina Methodist Child Development Center to provide Joseph with Bible studies, spiritual counseling, health screenings, malaria prevention education, field trips, community service opportunities, school fees, educational materials and handicraft skills training. The center staff will also provide child care education and income-generating training for the parents or guardians of Joseph.
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 Cape Coast