Awudu makes his home with his mother. Carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes are his household duties. His mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Awudu participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, art and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Awudu will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Awudu lives in the coastal community of Ashaiman, home to approximately 239,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Gas, Akans and Ewes and the most commonly spoken languages are Ga, Twi and Ewe.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice and goat. Common health problems in this community include malaria and diarrhea. Most adults in Ashaiman work as fishermen or as traders and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs vocational schools, employment opportunities and improved housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Full Gospel Ashaiman Child Development Center to provide Awudu with Bible teaching, health screenings, hygiene education, vaccines, treated mosquito nets, indoor and outdoor games, academic support, tuition and life skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Awudu.
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 Tema