In her home, Josephine helps by helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Josephine participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Playing group games is her favorite activity.
Your love and support will help Josephine to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Josephine lives on the plains of Galilea Amanfro, home to approximately 12,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Agonas and the most commonly spoken language is Agona.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, cassava, plantains, rice, beans and chicken. Common health problems in this area include malaria and malnutrition. Most adults in Galilea Amanfro are unemployed but some work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs proper waste disposal, employment opportunities and a community center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Galilea Godswill Child Development Center to provide Josephine with age-graded Bible classes, health screenings, indoor and outdoor games, educational field trips, vocational counseling, social clubs, vaccinations, junior choir and hygiene education. The center staff will also provide HIV/AIDS awareness programs and hygiene, nutrition and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Josephine.
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