Martey lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. Martey works at home carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Martey participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, singing and art are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Martey to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Martey lives in the hillside community of Weija, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Gas and the most commonly spoken language is Ga.
The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea and typhoid. Most adults in Weija are unemployed but some work in stone quarries and earn the equivalent of $29 per month. This community needs a high school, a library and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of I.C.G.C Weija Child Development Center to provide Martey with Bible teaching, health screening, hygiene education, vaccinations, games, social clubs, vocational counseling, field trips and tuition. The center staff will also provide nutrition and health education and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Martey.
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: Northwest of Accra