Cliford lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Cliford enjoys soccer and playing group games. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Cliford will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Cliford lives on the plains of Katapor, home to approximately 1,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Ewes, Ga and Akans and the most commonly spoken languages are Ewe, Ga and Akan.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice, potatoes and goat. Common health problems in this area include malaria and diarrhea. Most adults in Katapor work as subsistence farmers or laborers cracking stones and earn the equivalent of $16 per month. This community needs schools, qualified teachers, employment opportunities, improved housing and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Calvary Bible Child Development Center to provide Cliford with Bible teaching, health screening, vaccinations, mosquito nets, hygiene education, indoor and outdoor games, tuition and educational classes. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Cliford.
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