"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy" Proverbs 31:8-9

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


Ghana is located in West Africa. It is bordered by the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo and the Gulf of Guinea. The name Ghana means “Warrior King”.

Ghana has a population of over 24 million people. It is home to more than 100 different ethnic groups. Unlike many other African countries, Ghana is one of the few who have not had civil wars created by ethnic conflict.

Ghana has 83% of its children enrolled in school. This is one of the highest school enrolments in West Africa. But, only 56% of teachers have been fully trained, and many are expected to handle as many as 100 students at one time. Ghana is currently in the process of eliminating over 3,900 “under tree schools”.

Issues that children in Ghana face:
  • Malaria
  • Malnutrition

Many communities in Ghana are in desperate need for secondary schools, employment opportunities, portable water, improved sanitation, paved roads, health facilities, vocational training, educational materials, improved housing and qualified teachers.

Ghana is one of Compassion International's newest countries. The Child Sponsorship Program began working in Ghana in 2005. Over 21,300 children participate in around 107 child development centres across the country. Compassion Australia assists over 1,500 of these children.

To sponsor a child in Ghana, click here