Edem makes his home with his father and his mother. Helping in the kitchen and running errands are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Edem enjoys soccer and art. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Edem in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Edem lives on the plains of Labolabo, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Akwamus and the most commonly spoken language is Twi.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish and plantains. Common health problems in this area include malaria and diarrhea. Most adults in Labolabo work as day laborers, subsistence farmers, market traders or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, improved housing, clothing and a community center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Labolabo Child Development Center to provide Edem with Bible studies, spiritual counseling, health screenings, malaria prevention education, debates, school fees, educational materials and health education. The center staff will also provide counseling and child care education for the parents or guardians of Edem.
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 Ho