Working With Children in Ghana

World Vision started working in Ghana in 1979 and our goal for 2021 is to be contributing to the sustained well-being of 4.5 million vulnerable children, their families and communities.

Today, we work in solidarity with families and children to help establish solid infrastructure in the areas of education, health care and child protection. We work with partners wherever possible to ensure sustainable, effective systems are put in place.

Complementing this are agricultural programs where farmers learn how to increase production in difficult growing conditions and community savings groups to learn how to accumulate much-needed business capital.

Your impact in Ghana

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support this past year:
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • We conducted child rights training workshops to educate communities on the importance of birth registration, child monitoring and child abuse reporting
  • 27,313 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 32 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 43 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children in Ghana
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • We introduced the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach. CLTS is used to stop open defecation, increase access to latrines, and teach about waterborne illnesses
  • 178 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 3,890 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 3,083 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • We distributed educational materials in local languages to reading camps, libraries and primary schools to promote the importance of children learning in their first language
  • 610 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in Ghana
  • 51 clubs are in place for children and youths to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 8 schools were upgraded to provide a better learning environment for students
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 27,848 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 545 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 123 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 1,014 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses

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