Maameama lives with her grandfather and her grandmother. She is responsible for carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her grandfather is not employed and her grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Playing with dolls, walking and listening to music are Maameama's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is below average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Maameama will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maameama lives in the hillside community of Adoagyiri, home to approximately 16,400 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 Twi.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice and yams. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Adoagyiri work as street vendors, subsistence farmers or as market traders and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs libraries, scholastic materials and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mt. Calvary Child Development Center to provide Maameama with Bible studies, health education, health screening, community service opportunities, school fees, educational materials and handiwork skills training. The center staff will also provide parenting and child care education for the parents or guardians of Maameama.
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 Accra