Abenamaami lives with her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, running errands and cleaning. Her mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Abenamaami participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing group games is her favorite activity.
Your love and support will help Abenamaami to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Abenamaami lives in the coastal community of Senya Beraku, home to approximately 24,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and asbestos sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group is Guans and the most commonly spoken language is Senya.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria and typhoid. Most adults in Senya Beraku are unemployed but some work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $14 per month. This community needs teachers, schools, employment opportunities, good drinking water and a community center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Senya Pentecost Child Development Center to provide Abenamaami with Bible classes, hygiene education, social clubs, tuition, health screenings, vaccinations, indoor and outdoor games and vocational counseling. The center staff will also provide hygiene, nutrition and parenting training and HIV/AIDS awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Abenamaami.
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