Emma lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, washing clothes and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Emma participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Emma will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Emma lives in the mountainous community of Addo Nkwanta, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Akuapems and the most commonly spoken language is Akuapem Twi.
The regional diet consists of maize, cassava and plantains. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Addo Nkwanta work as day laborers or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs water, electricity, libraries and reading materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Augustine Child Development Centre to provide Emma with Bible teaching, hygiene and nutrition education, etiquette training, talents and skills development, health screenings, field trips, mosquito nets and weaving training.
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