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The COVID-19 pandemic hit Ghana's health infrastructure hard, and many hospitals do not have the capacity to adequately serve their communities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, local workers have distributed more than 282,000 food packs and over 290,000 hygiene kits to families in poverty.

Our local church parnters are starting to resume normal program activities for registered children and their families. Many continue to meet with children in small groups or at their homes in order to slow the spread of the virus and keep staff, families and children safe. Letters and gifts are now being distributed normally.

Check out the video below to watch an update from our partners in Ghana.

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Country update

How is Compassion currently operating in Ghana?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Some child development centres in Ghana are meeting in small groups to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many centres have been able to resume normal activities.

    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.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    Letters are being delivered normally in Ghana. We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. Letters are the best way to get to know your sponsored child and their family!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed normally in Ghana. Local workers will meet with the child and family to determine the best use of the gift and ensure it meets their greatest need.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for the children, families and local church partners we serve in Ghana.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Pray that Derrick’s caregiver would recover quickly from his illness.
  • Pray for healing for Linda.
  • Pray for provision for one local child development centre that requires additional resources to complete building classrooms.
  • Pray that God would heal Jennifer’s mother and allow doctors to discover the cause of her illness.
  • Pray for comfort and strength for Peter as he grieves the passing of his wife.
  • Pray for comfort and healing for Solomon, who is suffering from leprosy.
  • Pray that God would bring peace and discernment to the leadership team in Ghana.
  • Pray for God’s continued peace for the nation of Ghana.
  • Pray for hope and peace for the local staff as they give God their cares, concerns and worries.
  • Pray for wisdom for the nation’s leaders as they make decisions and navigate the current economic challenges.
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

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Please note: Due to the current pandemic, some Compassion child development centres are still meeting in smaller groups or conducting home visits. Many have now resumed normal 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

64%

of the rural population live in multidimensional poverty

308

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.

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