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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.
- Having a birth certificate helps children to access key government services. Parents are receiving both training and resources to help their children become legal citizens by registering them for birth certificates.
- In Ghana, World Vision provided parents with vocational training and other support services to help them earn more income, so that they have more funds to support their families.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Boys and girls learned about the importance of good hygiene habits. Trainings helped children understand how their health would be positively impacted by good hygiene habits.
- Children and their families have access to safe water sources that are closer to home after a number of new wells were constructed close to their communities.
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.
- Schools around Ghana received resources such as more desks, latrines, and textbooks to improve the learning environment and encourage more kids to stay in school. Teachers also received professional development training.
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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