Richard lives with his aunt. His duties at home include carrying water, running errands and cleaning. There are 6 children in the family. His aunt is sometimes employed.
Soccer is Richard's favorite activity. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Richard will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Richard lives in the coastal community of Sakumono Estates, home to approximately 6,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Gas, Akans and Ewes.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and goat. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults work as fishermen or market traders and earn the equivalent of $47 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, qualified teachers, a community library, employment opportunities and fish storage facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Glory Assembly of God Child Development Centre to provide Richard with Bible teaching, health screenings, hygiene education, indoor and outdoor games, social clubs and field trips. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Richard.
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: Southwest of Tema