Ghana is in
135th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms
of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of
a country. Literacy rates are as low as 1% in some areas and every year,
malaria kills at least 20,000 children. 160,000
children in Ghana have been orphaned by AIDS and a further 17,000 children
under the age of 15yrs are infected themselves out of a total child population
of just over 10.5 million.
Many children from the north
make their way south to escape poverty and lack of education in the hope of
finding employment in urban areas like Accra and Kumasi, however most just end
up on the streets. It is estimated that the child street population of Accra
stands at 26,000. Whilst child labour is illegal in Ghana, its a reality for
many children with thousands engaged in portering, domestic servitude and farm
labouring just to stay alive.
Child sponsor programs in Ghana
focus main on the north and north-east of the country providing access to safe
water in the north, caring for orphans and abandoned children, educational
provision and AIDS prevention and awareness You can help when you sponsor a child in Ghana.