Yaa lives with her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. There are 5 children in the family. Her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Yaa participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Singing and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Yaa to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Yaa lives in the coastal community of Osu, home to approximately 44,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Ga and the most commonly spoken language is Ga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria and malnutrition. Half of the adults in Osu are unemployed but some work as petty market traders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, employment opportunities and educational materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Osu Eben-Ezer Child Development Center to provide Yaa with Bible teaching, medical exams, indoor and outdoor games, social events and extra academic classes. The center staff will also provide meetings and training on hygiene, nutrition, parenting and HIV/AIDS awareness for the parents or guardians of Yaa.
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: East of Accra