Abena lives with her stepfather and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen. Her stepfather is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Abena participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Singing, playing house and jumping rope are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Abena will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Abena lives in the coastal community of Tema Community One, home to approximately 31,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice and yams. Common health problems in this area include malaria and diarrhea. Most adults in Tema Community One work as fishermen, subsistence farmers or traders and earn the equivalent of $52 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, improved housing and recreational centers for the youth.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Full Gospel Child Development Center to provide Abena with Bible teaching, health screenings, hygiene education, vaccinations, treated mosquito nets, bead making and basket weaving lessons, educational classes and tuition. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Abena.
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: East of Accra