Bernard lives with his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 2 children in the family. His mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Bernard participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Bernard in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Bernard lives in the hillside community of Agomenya, home to approximately 18,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Krobos and the most commonly spoken language is Dangbe.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, yams, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include lumbago (lower back pain) and HIV/AIDS. Most adults in Agomenya work as subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $31 per month. This community needs vocational schools, a library, employment opportunities and a market.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Agomanya Methodist Child Development Centre to provide Bernard with Bible studies, health screenings, malaria prevention education, drama classes, debates, field trips, community service opportunities, school tuition, scholastic materials and counseling. The center staff will also provide education and counseling for the parents or guardians of Bernard.
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: Northeast of Accra