Lawrence lives with his grandmother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Lawrence enjoys soccer and playing group games. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Lawrence especially needs your love and care because he is receiving regular medical treatment. Because of your sponsorship, however, he is better able to lead a well-adjusted life. Please pray for him.
Lawrence lives on the plains of Dove, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Ewe.
The regional diet consists of fish, cassava, plantains, rice and goat. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Dove work as day laborers or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $32 per month. This community needs vocational training, secondary education and a community center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dove Child Development Center to provide Lawrence with Bible studies, spiritual counseling, health screening, malaria prevention education, field trips, school fees, educational materials, handiwork skills training and health education. The center staff will also provide counseling and child care education for the parents or guardians of Lawrence.
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
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