Yaw makes his home with his mother. Running errands is his household duty. His mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Yaw enjoys soccer and playing group games. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Yaw will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yaw lives on the plains of Oforikrom (Susuankyi-Anloga), home to approximately 75,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Ewe and the most commonly spoken languages are Ewe and Twi.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, cassava, plantains and rice. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $73 per month. This community needs schools, teachers, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of GEC Emmanuel Child Development Center to provide Yaw with Bible teaching, spiritual counseling, health screenings, malaria prevention education, school fees, educational materials and handicraft skills training. The center staff will also provide child care education and counseling on child education and development for the parents or guardians of Yaw.
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 Kumasi