Taibatu lives with her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. Her mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Taibatu participates in church activities, Bible class and camp. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Singing, playing house and art are her favorite activities.
Please remember Taibatu in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Taibatu lives in the coastal community of Kanda, home to approximately 24,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Hausa, Dagbani, Ga, Twi and Ewe.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and chicken. Common health problems in this area include malaria, skin rashes, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. Half of the adults in Kanda are unemployed but some work as petty traders and earn the equivalent of $16 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, improved housing and recreational centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Paul's Lutheran Compassion Assisted Project to provide Taibatu with Bible teaching, health examinations, recreational activities, tuition and etiquette lessons. The center staff will also provide meetings, discipleship and awareness training on parental skills and HIV/AIDS for the parents or guardians of Taibatu.
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