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Why World Vision is in Ghana
Ghana faced successes and challenges this year. The country’s government intensified a campaign against illegal mining in 2018. Gold mining, in particular, is a major economic factor in the country. And the government implemented free high school education through the country. Some northern regions of Ghana experienced flooding from heavy rains as well as violence caused by ethnic conflicts. These northern regions are also more susceptible to poverty because of limited opportunities for women, low school enrollment, and more. Thanks to the support of our donors and national partnerships, many Ghanaian families were supported. Households and local institutions are using better sanitation and they’re being trained in good hygiene behaviors. Vulnerable families’ livelihoods were enhanced thanks to savings groups and financial trainings. Members can pay for their children’s needs, save for life’s uncertainties, build improved houses, and so much more. Mothers were empowered to cook nutritious meals for their children using locally available food. Peer groups taught mothers about other good nutrition practices like breastfeeding. Girls and boys now have better access to education thanks to bicycles they received. And a national child protection campaign focused on ending child marriage and helped support survivors of this harmful traditional practice.
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.
- Families in Ghana have increased economic opportunities to care for their children, through Savings Groups. Members come together to regularly contribute and are able to take out loans. Many women take out these loans to invest in small businesses and income generating activities, which in turn can help increase income to support children's food, clothing, and schooling costs.
- Birth registrations are extremely important to legally establish children's existence, citizenship and access to their rights and benefits including health and education. They are also critical to the fight against child marriage as birth registrations help to establish the ages of children. WV Ghana supported the birth registration of thousands of children by advocating for reduced fees and supporting the government with infrastructure needed to strengthen to birth registration system. Faith and community leaders were also trained on critical family issues that can put children at risk, and other topics related to child rights and protection.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Through a collaboration with communities and government partners in Ghana, access to safe water and prevention of water borne illnesses increased. New water sources were built and and existing water sources were rehabilitated to expand the reach of water for communities and schools.
- Health facility staff, community health management committees, and parents in Ghana partnered together to improve children's nutrition. Health staff and committees were trained on topics including infant and young child feeding, tracking and reporting nutritional status of children in their communities, and how to conduct anthropometric measurements. Parents participated in cooking demonstrations. Mother to Mother Support Groups (MTMSG) were also formed to educate and support mothers and other caregivers on best feeding practices and exclusive breastfeeding.
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.
- Children's education in Ghana was supported by training teachers to enhance their skills in the classrooms, providing equipment and materials to some schools, and mobilizing community members to start and facilitate community reading camps for children to practice reading outside of school.
Prayer Requests from Ghana
World Vision's staff in Ghana are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
A strengthened collaboration with church partners to help serve families and children.
Increased political action to protect Ghanaian children, especially girls.
News from Ghana
Pray for West Africa: Pray for political and economic stability, maternal and child health, and sponsored children.
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