Abigail lives with her grandmother. Her duties at home include helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Abigail participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Please remember Abigail in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Abigail lives on the plains of Abokobi, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Ga.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria and malnutrition. Most adults in Abokobi work as farmers or petty traders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs schools, qualified teachers, a library, improved housing and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Zimmerman Child Development Center to provide Abigail with Bible classes, choir, health screenings, hygiene education, vaccinations, outdoor and indoor games, social clubs, educational field trips, tuition and vocational counseling. The center staff will also provide hygiene and nutrition education, child protection training and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Abigail.
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: North of Accra