This little child from the
Republic of Guinea dances happily every time the guitar is played and is
probably blissfully unaware of the harsh future that awaits him. He probably has
just over fifty years to live, is likely to grow up illiterate and will in all
probability not have access to safe drinking water. And that's just if he's
If he's one of the unlucky Guinea
children he will be abandoned at a young age, sold and put to work or even
killed and have his body parts removed for medical purposes or even in
sacrificial ceremonies for, today, after years of economic mismanagement and
repressive rule, Guinea stands as one of the poorest countries in Africa.
Adult illiteracy is high, school
enrolment poor and maternal mortality is amongst the highest in the world. In
rural areas 35% of households do not have access to safe water supplies and life
expectancy is around 57 years.
Human Development Index for
Guinea-Conakry 2005 - Present
The HDI (Human Development Index) is measured by the UNESCO Institute
for Statistics (UIS) and the World Bank and is based upon the life expectancy,
literacy, access to knowledge and living standards of a country. Guinea-Conakry is in 178th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 and
the chart below shows how levels of poverty and living standards in Guinea-Conakry fall far
short of other sub Saharan African nations.
There are many charities you can
contact to help a Guinea child which are detailed on our sponsor a Guinea child
page, below are listed a few of them.
Work undertaken includes
supporting families, working with orphaned and homeless children, school
projects and developing health care programs. They need your help to make a
better future for the children of Guinea.