Fiko lives with his grandmother. At home, duties include carrying water, making beds and running errands. His grandmother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, singing and reading are Fiko's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Fiko will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Fiko lives in the coastal community of Saltpond, home to approximately 23,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick or grass walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Fante.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, fish, bread, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria and dermatitis. Most adults in Saltpond work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $36 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, educational materials and housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Peter and Paul Child Development Center to provide Fiko with Bible classes, health screenings, hygiene education, games, social clubs, field trips, literacy classes and vocational training. The center staff will also provide hygiene education, meetings and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Fiko.
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: Northeast of Cape Coast