Joseph lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed. Joseph works at home helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Joseph participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, listening to music and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Joseph in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Joseph lives in the coastal community of New Achimota (Mile 7), home to approximately 7,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Gas and Akans and the most commonly spoken languages are Ga and Twi.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, coughs and colds. Half of the adults in New Achimota are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $32 per month. This community needs teachers, capital to start small businesses and playgrounds.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Salvation Child Development Center to provide Joseph with Bible teaching, health screening, hygiene education, vaccinations, games, social clubs, vocational counseling and tuition. The center staff will also provide hygiene, nutrition and parenting training and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Joseph.
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