Ruth makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ruth participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in middle school where her performance is below average. Playing group games is her favorite activity.
Please remember Ruth in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Ruth lives in the coastal community of Mallam, home to approximately 7,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Gas and the most commonly spoken language is Ga.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition and diarrhea. Half of the adults in Mallam are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $32 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, capital to start small businesses and playgrounds.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Calvary Child Development Center to provide Ruth with Bible teaching, health screening, hygiene education, vaccinations, games, social clubs, educational field trips, tuition and vocational counseling. The center staff will also provide hygiene, nutrition and parenting training and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Ruth.
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: West of Accra