Paulina lives with her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Paulina participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing group games is her favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Paulina will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Paulina lives in the coastal community of Komenda, home to approximately 15,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and asbestos sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Fante.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice and yams. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults work as subsistence farmers, fishermen or as market traders and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, employment opportunities, libraries and health facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Komenda Wesley Child Development Center to provide Paulina with Bible studies, health screening, malaria prevention education, field trips, school fees, educational materials and handiwork skills training. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Paulina.
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