Mercy lives with her mother. At home, duties include teaching others, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. Her mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing with dolls, jumping rope and bicycling are Mercy's favorite activities. In high school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Mercy will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mercy lives in the coastal community of Tema Community Four, home to approximately 209,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Gas, Akans, and Ewes and the most commonly spoken languages are Ga, Twi and Ewe.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, skin rashes, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. Half of the adults in Tema Community Four are unemployed but some work as fishermen or in factories and earn the equivalent of $16 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, improved housing, libraries, tuition assistance and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Community Four Central Assemblies of God Child Development Center to provide Mercy with Bible teaching, medical screening, hygiene education, sports and extra educational classes.
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: Northern part of Tema