Abu makes his home with his grandmother. Carrying water and running errands are his household duties. His grandmother is sometimes employed.
For fun, Abu enjoys soccer. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Abu will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Abu lives in the hillside community of Breman Agona, home to approximately 15,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice and goat.
Common health problems in this area include malaria and measles. Most adults in Breman Agona work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $9 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, factories, a community library and kindergarten facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Odoben Presby Child Development Center to provide Abu with Bible classes, health screening, vaccinations, de-worming, indoor and outdoor games, social clubs, vocational counseling, tuition and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness programs and training on hygiene, nutrition and parenting for the parents or guardians of Abu.
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: Northeat of Cape Coast