Michael makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Michael participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Please remember Michael in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Michael lives on the plains of Juapong, home to approximately 16,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethic group and most commonly spoken language is Ewe.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, anemia and coughs. Most adults in Juapong work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $6 per month. This community needs educational materials, schools, libraries farming equipment and computer centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of E.P. Church Juapong Child Development Center to provide Michael with Bible studies, health screening, health education, community service opportunities, school fees, educational materials, handiwork skills training and extracurricular activities. The center staff will also provide parenting and child care education for the parents or guardians of Michael.
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 Tema