Edem lives with her grandfather and her grandmother. At home, duties include carrying water, caring for children and washing clothes. Her grandfather is not employed and her grandmother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Edem participates in church activities, Bible class and choir. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and art are her favorite activities.
Please remember Edem in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Edem lives in the coastal community of Madina, home to approximately 76,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Ga, Ewe, Hausa and Twi and the most commonly spoken languages are Ga, Ewe, Hausa and Twi.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria, malnutrition and poor eyesight. Most adults in Madina work as traders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs improved housing, employment opportunities, recreational facilities, libraries and schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Adonai Chapel Child Development Center to provide Edem with Bible teaching, indoor and outdoor games, social clubs, tuition and educational materials. The center staff will also provide meetings, HIV/AIDS awareness training and hygiene and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Edem.
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: South of Accra