Why World Vision is in Ghana
Ghana exceeded its 2015 Millennium Development Goal for access to water (76 percent), but approximately 3.5 million Ghanaians still rely on unsafe water sources such as rivers and ponds. Without clean water, children are getting sick. Insufficient water for irrigation also impacts farming and food security; eight of every ten children suffer some form of malnutrition, including stunted growth, anemia, and vitamin deficiency. Bringing clean water to children is one of our top priorities in Ghana, along with improving sanitation and teaching families how to protect children’s health. Through our agricultural programs, farmers are learning how to increase production despite difficult growing conditions. Community savings groups are providing farmers and entrepreneurs with much-needed business capital, as well as small, affordable loans that can be used for children’s school expenses.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Ghana
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- We worked with local partners to educate community members on child rights and protection, including ways to prevent and respond to early marriage and child abuse.
- To increase economic opportunities, especially for women and young people, we helped establish savings groups. These groups offer basic financial services such as savings accounts and small business loans.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- We worked to improve access to safe water by constructing and rehabilitating water points and training community groups to manage water sources.
- Mothers and healthcare workers were trained in nutrition for babies and young children. We also helped bring mothers together in support groups that promote healthy practices for feeding children.
- We empowered communities to better their health and well-being with life-saving clean water, as well as safe sanitation and hygiene to prevent water-related illness.
- We constructed mechanized water systems, installed new and rehabilitated existing wells and water points, and built sanitation and handwashing facilities.
- We supplied water purifier packets to households who do not yet have access to safe water.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- We trained teachers in topics relating to literacy and early childhood development and equipped schools with teaching aids, learning materials, and books.
- To strengthen the quality of education, we built the capacity of school management committees and Parent Teacher Associations.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus, the reason for our hope.
Prayer Requests from Ghana
World Vision's staff in Ghana are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Reliable rain and abundant harvests so children won’t go hungry.
Women and children who daily carry water over long distances.
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