In his home, Kwesi helps by carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed.
Soccer, singing and running are Kwesi's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Kwesi will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kwesi lives in the forested community of Onwane, home to approximately 5,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Fante.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, cassava and plantains. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Onwane work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs computer training centers and mechanized farming equipment.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Onwane Presbyterian Child Development Centre to provide Kwesi with Bible studies, health screenings, malaria prevention education, field trips, school fees, educational materials, handicraft skills training and health education. The center staff will also provide child care education and child development training for the parents or guardians of Kwesi.
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: Northeast of Cape Coast