Stephanie lives with her grandmother. Her duties at home include carrying water and running errands. Her grandmother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Playing with dolls and playing group games are Stephanie's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Stephanie especially needs your love and care because she is visually impaired and is receiving regular medical treatment. Because of your sponsorship, however, she is better able to lead a well-adjusted life. Please pray for her.
Stephanie lives in the forested community of Breman Kokoso, home to approximately 2,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Breman and the most commonly spoken language is Fante.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria and diarrhea. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $14 per month. This community needs educational materials, tuition assistance, health care, self-employment opportunities and good drinking water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of F.D Walker Child Development Centre to provide Stephanie with Bible teaching, health screenings, malaria prevention education, field trips, community service opportunities, school fees, educational materials and handicraft skills training. The center staff will also provide parenting education and child development counseling for the parents or guardians of Stephanie.
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: Northeast of Cape Coast