Kwamena lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed. Kwamena works at home carrying water and running errands. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kwamena participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer, hide-and-seek and running are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Kwamena will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kwamena lives in the hillside community of Ankwasu-Anweasu, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Akans, Dangbe, Ewe and Guan. The most commonly spoken languages are Akuapem, Twi, Dangbe, Ewe and Guan.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, cassava and plantains. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs improved roads, electricity, modern farming methods training and potable water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ankwasu Anglican Child Development Centre to provide Kwamena with Bible teaching, hygiene and nutrition education, first aid training, talents and skills development, health screenings, field trips, etiquette training and mosquito nets.
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: Northwest of Tema