Ofori lives with his father. At home, duties include washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His father is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Ofori enjoys soccer, singing and art. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Ofori will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ofori lives in the coastal community of Tema Community Five, home to approximately 14,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Ga and Twi.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work in factories or as market traders and earn the equivalent of $69 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, libraries, stable employment opportunities, improved housing and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Miracle Life Child Development Center to provide Ofori with Bible studies, health screenings, sports, field trips, health education, vocational skills training and etiquette lessons. The center staff will also provide quarterly meetings, parenting skills training and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Ofori.
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: East of Accra