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In Ghana, the rate of COVID-19 infection is decreasing, with an average of 70 cases being reported per day. As of 5th April, the country of 29.3 million had administered 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, enough to fully immunize 0.8% of the population. Wearing of face masks is required in public spaces. Many centres in Ghana have restarted programming, welcoming small groups of children and youths on a rotating basis.

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COVID-19 in Ghana

How is Compassion currently operating in Ghana?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Many Compassion child development centres are cautiously inviting children and youths back in small groups for classes, to take updated photos and to write letters.

    Some centres have been able to work with local radio stations to air curricula for students at home. Others make home visits and phone calls to check on children and their families. Staff continue to handle health screenings, emergency medical care, child protection interventions and disaster response for children as needed. So far, staff members have been able to provide over 208,500 food packs and 176,600 hygiene kits, as well as medical support to over 72,000 individuals.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    The majority of letters are delayed in Ghana, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your child. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed in Ghana. Staff members have been given the option to disburse monetary gifts to caregivers, where appropriate. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognising that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for children and families in Ghana who have been impacted by COVID-19—and the local staff and churches who continue to serve them in difficult circumstances.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Pray that God’s comfort and peace would be with Albert’s family as they grieve his passing.
  • Pray that God would comfort Precious’ family as they grieve her passing.
  • Pray for healing and comfort for a child who was sexually abused.
  • Pray for wisdom, guidance and strength for each young adult as they make decisions and plan for their futures.
  • Pray that God would be with Catechist as he goes through the physical and emotional after losing his leg in an accident.
  • Pray that God’s comfort and peace would be with three staff members who recently lost their parents.
  • Pray that God would bless the work of the children’s caregivers who are farmers so they can provide for their families.
  • Pray that God would protect and keep the local staff and pastors healthy and safe as they reach out to children and families in their communities.
  • Pray that God’s wisdom would be with the National Office Leadership staff as they make plans to reach children and their families living in the poverty-stricken communities of Northern Ghana.
  • Pray for Ghana’s leadership as they actively work to utilise resources to support and care for the Ghanaian people.
  • Pray that God would open people’s eyes to a deep desire to protect children.
Success for a survival project in Ghana

Success for a survival project in Ghana

When Comfort fell pregnant at 17, she not only faced fear and confusion at the prospect of being a parent, but her family disowned her. “My father had plans for me to further my education, but he was disappointed in me for getting pregnant. He washed his hands of me and did not care what became of me,” says Comfort.   Read more open_in_new

Crisis Reports from Ghana

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    Rainstorm in Portor Community, Ghana (Final Crisis Update) 01 Jun, 2021

    The situation

    Heavy rainstorms on 24th April caused flooding and extensive damage to homes in the community of Portor, which is in the Kintampo North District of the Bono East region. The affected families temporarily relocated the homes of friends or relatives. Our local church partners visited the families and their homes to assess the impacts of the flooding on their lives and livelihoods. Relief items are being provided, based upon need.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 17

    New information

    Relief items such as mattresses, food, clothing, school supplies, bedding and toiletries are being provided to affected families. Local staff have ensured all affected families have a suitable place to live.

    Prayer

    Thank you for praying for the affected children, families and church partners in Ghana.

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    Rainstorm in Breman Anhwiam and Nyamebekyere Communities, Ghana (Crisis Update) 07 May, 2021

    The situation

    A rainstorm and subsequent flooding caused damage to many homes in the Central region of Ghana in the adjoining communities of Breman Anhwiam and Nyamebekyere. Damaged homes have had their roofs blown away, household items destroyed and rendered some affected families temporarily homeless.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 17

    New information

    The affected families are stable and well, and some are temporarily living with friends or relatives. The local staff are supporting affected children and families with relief items, based on their needs. They are also assisting in next steps for accommodation for displaced families.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the families who have been displaced by the storms and flooding.

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    Rainstorm in Portor Community, Ghana (Crisis Update) 01 May, 2021

    The situation

    Heavy rainstorms caused flooding and extensive damage to homes in the community of Portor, which is in the Kintampo North District of the Bono East region. The local staff have been providing relief support to children and families affected by the flooding.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 13

    New information

    The local staff have been conducting home visits and have confirmed that all affected children and families are safe and well at this time. Almost all of the affected families will require financial assistance in making necessary repairs to their homes. The local partners in Ghana are working to arrange this support.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the children and families as they recover from damages and losses caused by the flooding.

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    Rainstorm in Portor Community, Ghana 24 Apr, 2021

    The situation

    Heavy rainstorms caused flooding and extensive damage to homes in the community of Portor, which is in the Kintampo North District of the Bono East region.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 13

    New information

    Local staff are working to provide affected children and their families with basic supplies and relief items. Some of the affected families are temporarily living with relatives or neighbours.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the affected children, families and church partners.

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    Rainstorm in Breman Anhwiam and Nyamebekyere Communities, Ghana 24 Apr, 2021

    The situation

    A rainstorm and subsequent flooding has caused damage to many homes in the Central region of Ghana in the adjoining communities of Breman Anhwiam and Nyamebekyere. Damaged homes have had their roofs blown away, household items destroyed and rendered some affected families temporarily homeless.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 17

    New information

    The affected families are temporarily living with friends or relatives. The local staff are assessing the impact of the flooding and supporting affected children and families with relief items, based on their needs.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the protection and provision of affected children, staff and their families.

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Please note: Due to the current pandemic, many Compassion child development centres have started inviting children and youths back in small groups for classes on a rotating basis, to take updated photos and to write letters. Some centres remain closed to group activities.

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Ghana

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 11 visit the Compassion centre for eight hours on Saturdays.
  • Children aged 12 to 14 attend the centre for eight hours per week and serve as peer mentors to younger children for two of those hours.
  • Students aged 15 and older attend the centre for four hours every Saturday.
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Compassion Program Activities in Ghana

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Compassion assisted children in Ghana typically attend program activities at their local child development centre on Saturdays. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Ghana.

9:00am - A time of prayer and devotion and breakfast. A typical breakfast usually consists of maize porridge, milk, sugar and bread.

9:30am - Spiritual lessons, when children sing songs and learn Bible stories.

10:30am - Break time, when children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships.

11:00am - Social-emotional lessons ranging from conflict resolution to developing healthy self-esteem and godly character. Children often come from challenging home environments and are taught social and personal skills.

12:00pm - Lunch and social time. A typical lunch generally consists of rice with sauce and either chicken, fish or meat, with seasonal fruit. Food is usually provided as children don’t always have access to nutritionally balanced meals at home. Parents are educated to provide nutritious food for their children, and highly malnourished children are given extra support, including a package of nutritious food such as eggs, milk, beans, rice and oil, once a month.

1:00pm - Health lessons, in which children learn practical health and hygiene tips including how to prevent malaria and HIV.

2:00pm - Letter writing and career planning. Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests and set goals for their future.

Older sponsored children also take part in skills training workshops such as bead and batik making, soap preparation and basket weaving. Parents and caregivers are offered health education classes as well as quarterly training on children’s rights, parenting, and business and financial management.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Ghana

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mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

Ghana was the first sub-Saharan nation to throw off colonial rule and the first to halve its extreme poverty rate. It continues to be a leader in West Africa as more children pursue their education and living conditions improve. Yet growing inequality means that the poorest are falling further behind.

Ghana has changed significantly in the past few decades. More people are moving to live in urban areas; more children have the opportunity to stay in school longer; the economy is diversifying away from subsistence agriculture (although agriculture remains an important source of employment and income) and it continues to grow.

Despite fluctuations in the economy, millions of Ghanaians have risen out of poverty, particularly from extreme poverty. Between 1991 and 2012, the poverty rate dropped from 52 per cent to 21; the extreme poverty rate fell even more sharply, from 37 per cent to nine. The under-5 mortality rate in Ghana has also come down in that time.

But economic conditions have worsened in the past five years and these gains are under threat. A gap is widening between the richest and poorest. Those left in rural areas bear the brunt of low incomes but the people crowding into expanding cities face the problems of rapid urbanisation: greater congestion, dangerous pollution, lack of access to safe drinking water and other basic necessities.

Nana Akufo-Addo won the presidential election in December 2016 and recently declared that his nation would be a “shining example” when it came to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and lifting people out of poverty. He also announced 2019 to be the “Year of Return”, marking 400 years since African slaves were taken from their homeland and shipped to the USA—and encouraging the African diaspora to return to Ghana.

At the coming 2020 election, President Akufo-Addo will face off against the opposition party’s John Mahama (himself a former President) for the third consecutive time. A key issue will be who has the stronger plan to restore a faltering economy and help the most vulnerable Ghanaians to overcome the challenges of poverty.

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