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GHANA - Some Facts

Where : West Africa
Population : 23 million
Capital : Accra
National Language : English
Currency : Cedi
Climate : Tropical
President : John Dramani Mahama


Fighting Poverty

Though Ghana is a peaceful country with high economic growth,it has three great inequalities:

    poor – rich      rural – urban      north – south

Our charity works in the poor rural north where hunger, malnutrition and disease are rampant. People are struggling to survive. Death is ever present. Only 6% of the people live beyond the age of sixty.

  • 8% of newborn babies die before reaching the age of five from malaria, anaemia, measles, pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases, all worsened by malnutrition.
  • Female genital mutilation is widely practised.
  • Most people have to drink water that is polluted. Almost everybody defecates in the open.
  • Despite the valiant efforts of government and private health services, the district where we work has a doctor : population ratio of 1:100,000.
  • The climate is extremely harsh. In March and April the temperature may rise to 45 degrees. For six months of the year there is no rainfall. Rainfall is unpredictable but usually peaks in July to September, often so heavy that crops and buildings are destroyed.
  • Less than 30% of children attend school.
  • Many schools are dilapidated, have no qualified teachers, and classrooms are often so overcrowded that two children have to share one chair; or, worse still, children sit on the ground under a tree.
  • Under 40% of adults are literate in English, the national language.

 
What are we doing about it?

  • We listen to the community’s needs. We work together with young people, women, the disabled to make necessary changes.
  • We run free remedial classes to help children pass exams.
  • Our weaving and sewing workshops train teenage mothers and the disabled so they can set up their own small enterprises.
  • We run AIDS prevention programmes.
  • We build public toilets and provide safe drinking water.
  • Our locally led campaigns enforce the laws against forced marriage, female genital mutilation and witchcraft.
  • We advise on maternal and child health and welfare. We run programmes interacting with the public about all aspects of family planning and contraception.
  • All this with the aid of our community radio station “Voice to the Voiceless.”
  • Our small charity’s 16 volunteers and 11 paid staff work with the most disadvantaged and vulnerable. We are struggling on an annual budget of less than £20,000.
  • Please help us fight poverty by making a donation.

 

Thank you.