Osman lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Osman enjoys soccer and running. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Osman will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Osman lives in the coastal community of Ekumfi Otuam, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and asbestos roofs. The primary ethnic group is Akans and the most commonly spoken language is Fante.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish and cassava. Common health problems in this area include malaria, cholera, respiratory tract infections and skin diseases. Most adults in Ekumfi Otuam work as fishermen, subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $7 per month. This community needs a high school, vocational training, employment opportunities and a recreation center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Otuam Pentecost Child Development Centre to provide Osman with Bible studies, health screenings, school fees, educational materials, health education, field trips, handicraft training and community clean-up opportunities. The center staff will also provide child care education for the parents or guardians of Osman.
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 Cape Coast