history

In 1957 Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain independence. Ghana has a young population with approximately 57% of the people are under the age of 25. Ghana was a country of immigration in the early years after its 1957 independence, attracting labor migrants largely from Nigeria and other neighboring countries to mine minerals and harvest cocoa – immigrants composed about 12% of Ghana’s population in 1960. In the late 1960s, worsening economic and social conditions discouraged immigration, and hundreds of thousands of immigrants, mostly Nigerians, were expelled.

During the 1970s, severe drought and an economic downturn transformed Ghana into a country of migration, many left to neighboring Cote d’Ivoire. Later, hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians migrated to Nigeria to work in its booming oil industry, but most were deported in 1983 and 1985 as oil prices plummeted. Since the 1990s, increased migration of skilled Ghanaians, especially to the US and the UK, drained the country of its health care and education professionals

 

Poverty has declined in Ghana but it remains in the northern regions which are susceptible to droughts and floods and where there is less access to transportation infrastructure, markets, fertile farm land, and industrial centers. The northern region also has lower school enrollment, higher illiteracy, and fewer opportunities for women. . Internally, poverty and other developmental disparities continue to drive Ghanaians from the north to the south, particularly to its urban centers.

Ghana facts in Numbers
26,908,262 population
36.6 DEATHS/1,000 LIVE BIRTHS Infant Mortality Rate
4,400 Average Family Income
5.2%Unemployment Rate
Life in Ghana

Over the past 7 years, Life for Relief and Development has become very active in Ghana by providing support to orphans and widows, distributing books to schools, and providing food to needy families. Life has redoubled its commitment to the people of Ghana through the adoption of a number of new projects which include constructing schools and community centers where families can socialize, worship and pray and digging water wells in small towns and villages.

Ghana: SPECIAL NEEDS
$150 EMERGENCY BASKET FOR ONE FAMILY

Emergency baskets are designed to provide immediate aid and relief to survivors of natural disasters and wars. Currently, we are in need of additional baskets in Mosul (Iraq), Syria, and Haiti. 

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Build a Community Center in Africa

Communities in Africa are lacking social centers to fulfill the community member’s religious, spiritual, cultural, educational and social needs. Life builds community centers in Mali, Ghana, Somalia and Ethiopia to instill in the hearts of the community members the meaning of religion, culture and humanitarian values.

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Building Schools

The establishment of educational institutions in developing countries gives hope to children and youth for a future that otherwise may not have been possible. The numbers of children who benefit from safe, child-friendly spaces to learn, play and grow are many. Life rebuilds and constructs schools where children and youth can be educated in Iraq and several African countries. Life plans to provide a safe and secure learning environment for students attending schools in many African nations.

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Food Baskets

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, but more so, it is a time in which Muslims are compelled to give.

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Orphan Sponsorship

The need for orphan sponsorship has increased tremendously within the last decade. The influx of war has caused many to flee their homes and become displaced, affecting children the most. We have regional offices in all the countries that we sponsor Orphans in. 

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Udhiyah

Udhiyah in Arabic translates to any animal of the ‘an’aam class (i.e., Cow, Sheep, Goat, or Camel). Udhiyah/Qurbani is the sacrifice of the animals mentioned, after the Eid prayer. It is among the great rituals of Islam and a tradition of his blessed messengers.

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Water Wells

Water wells qualify as a source of ongoing charity. Donate a water well for your loved ones as a source of reward. Life digs water wells in villages and rural areas close to places of worship, hospitals, or schools.

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