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Ghana

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Sponsors have helped Ghanaian children since 2005 when Compassion teamed up with churches in Ghana to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

western Africa

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, boxing

foods: stews, plantains, waakye (a dish of beans and rice), yams

celebrations: Farmers’ Day, Christmas, Africa Day, Eid ul-Fitr (end of Ramadan)

Claim to Fame

home to Lake Volta, the world’s largest manmade lake

Wild Residents

elephants, warthogs, hippos, pythons, cobras

Poverty Pitfalls

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droughts and floods kill many food crops Sponsored kids eat healthy meals at their Compassion centers.
malaria caused by mosquito bites Sponsored children receive bed nets to keep out mosquitoes at night.
higher risk of dying before age 5 — mostly from malaria Compassion’s Survival program helps keep pregnant women and babies healthy.

Fun Facts

a little smaller than Oregon

money: cedi

The official language is English, but most people speak Asante.

The Akan people of Ghana wear colorful clothes made out of a cloth called kente, which is special in their culture.

popular musical instruments: Akan drum, goje fiddle, koloko lute

Stat Snapshot

Stats

Ghana 🇬🇭 United States 🇺🇸

Population

27,499,924 326,625, 791

People Living in Poverty

24.2% 15.1%

Languages

Asante, Ewe, Fante, Boron, nearly 70 others

English 79%, Spanish 13%, Indo-European 3.7%, Asian and Pacific Island 3.4%, other 1%

Religions

Christian 71.2%, Muslim 17.6%, traditional 5.2%, none 5.2%, other 0.8%

Protestant 46.5%, unaffiliated 22.8%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%, other/unspecified 2.4%

Typical Family Income

$4,600 per year $59,500 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018

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Hello in There!

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Gather Round!

Reverend Mireku, leader of GH 312 - Shiloh Child Development Center, with 296 children, created a way for families to secure and generate an income by raising and selling rabbits in their community. He educates each child and family the basics of rearing rabbits for sale and food. This money is to help secure future and high education for the children. Through the center he teaches the importance of higher education and how to develop the business of selling rabbits. Reverend Mirekyu has also purchased through the center a plot of land in which his goals are to raise livestock and farm to benefit the center and the children.  A child, boy, youth, wearing a blue shirt, smiles as he holds his hand and gives a plant leaf, green food, feeding, taking care of, rearing, raising, rabbits, bunny, farm animal, brown and white bunny in a wooden cage, box, outside, outdoor bunny cage.  The cage is open and there is a lock on the side door.

Creatures Great & Small

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Kids Teaching Kids

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Get the Ball Rolling!

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Baked Yams