Millicent lives with her mother. She is responsible for helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. Her mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with dolls and playing group games are Millicent's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Millicent will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Millicent lives on the plains of Sogakope, home to approximately 8,500 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 maize, chicken, fish, bread and beans. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Sogakope work as subsistence farmers, street vendors or market traders and earn the equivalent of $34 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, textbooks and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sogakope GEC Child Development Centre to provide Millicent with Bible studies, spiritual counseling, health screenings, malaria prevention education, debates, school fees, educational materials, handiwork skills training and health education. The center staff will also provide counseling on child education and development for the parents or guardians of Millicent.
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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