Akoto lives with her mother. Her mother is sometimes employed. Akoto works at home carrying water, teaching others and helping in the kitchen. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Akoto enjoys art, playing ball games and listening to music. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember Akoto in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Akoto lives on the plains of Kasoa, home to approximately 136,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Ga, Ewe, Hausa and Twi.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice and goat. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Kasoa are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $26 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, school materials, employment opportunities, employable skills training and roads.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kasoa Pentecost Child Development Center to provide Akoto with Bible teaching, choir, health screenings, hygiene education, vaccinations, indoor and outdoor games, social clubs, tuition and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Akoto.
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: West of Accra