COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN GHANA

The country of Ghana, located in central West Africa, boasts a varied landscape with everything from grassy coastal plains, to rainforest to dry savanna. Lake Volta, in the east, occupies 3.6 percent of Ghana’s territory and is the largest man-made lake in the world. Ghana is known for its vibrant culture, music, clothing and colors, with the now globally recognised ‘Kente’ cloth, originating with the Asante people, one of Ghana’s more populous ethnic groups.

The population of Ghana is 25,200,000, made up of more than 75 different ethnic groups, most of whom live along the temperate southern coast. The literacy rate is 72% and the life expectancy is 65 years.

Ghana is famous as being the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to achieve independence. After years of military rule, a new constitution was established in 1992.  This has resulted in free and fair elections, and led the way to a more stable democracy.

Ghanaians are known for their hospitality and openness; “you are invited” is a phrase you hear often in Ghana, almost always referring to the sharing of food.  Homes are always open, and social capital is the backbone of most small communities.

Ghana, particularly Accra, is a hub for technological innovation and start-up companies.  President John Mahama recently announced a ten million USD seed fund for new businesses, and Ghanaians are known for their innovative spirit and resourcefulness.

United Hearts, Mama Hope’s partner in Bawjiase, Ghana, is no exception.  With multiple local income generating projects and warm hearts to serve children in their community, there is nothing UHCC leaders can’t do.