Ghana

Ghana
Ghana
Ghana
An image of Ghana Where Ghana is in the world.

Ghana sits in West Africa, sandwiched between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. Ghana is also known as the Gold Coast, as people from Europe came here to search for gold.

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Accra

Compassion’s work in Ghana began in 2005.

Twi

English is the official language of Ghana although there are nine government-sponsored languages. One of them is Twi.

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Akwaaba
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Medasse
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Mah krow

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African elephant

The African elephant is bigger than the Asian elephant and is therefore the largest land mammal in the world.

As with every country, there are many different types of housing in Ghana. People living in poverty often make housing from what they have. In the picture you can see houses made of corrugated iron and wood.

Living conditions

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25.5 million

Currently over 52,000 children are supported through Compassion in Ghana

Britain took control of Ghana in the 20th Century, and Ghana became independent again in 1957. For the last 30 years, the country has been quite stable, but there are still many poor people living there.

As well as gold, Ghana is famous for its cocoa production. A fair bit of the chocolate we eat in the UK is sourced from Ghana. In fact, they are the second largest cocoa exporters in the world after their neighbours, Cote d’Ivoire.

In some areas, children are being forced to work in cocoa farms against their will. Ghana has problems with trafficking, where people are sold into slavery within the country and also between other countries.

You can make sure the chocolate you buy doesn’t come from people who force children into labour by buying Fairtrade certified chocolate.

Visit project 801 in Ghana and find out what day-to-date life is like for children there.

Take a look at a project in action!

For Ghanaian children forced to work. Please protect them and free them. May they be safe.

For children in Compassion projects, that they can become Christian leaders who help to stop the slavery in their country.

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Cedi

Cedi means ‘cowry shell’, which used to be used as currency.

Compassion has more than 215 child development centres in Ghana.

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Why not write to them and mention some of the facts you’ve found here. Ask them questions about what it’s like to live in Ghana.

Ghanaians enjoy lots of flavours in their food. A favourite dish is jollof rice. Try making some yourself:

Recipe: Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 1¼ cups of white rice
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 450g of boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 3 cups of chicken stock
  1. In a saucepan, lightly fry the rice and onion in oil then cover and cook until the onion is soft.
  2. Cut the chicken into 2 centimetre cubes and add to the fried mixture.
  3. Mix in the tomato paste and chicken stock then bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the rice is tender, the liquid is absorbed and chicken is cooked (about 20 to 25 minutes).

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Ghana is entirely surrounded by French-speaking countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Burkina Faso. I wonder if they eat snails too?

What do you get if you cross an elephant with a bee?

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Squashed flowers.

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, BBC Nature, Wikipedia