Key Challenges for children in Ghana
- Ghana is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but nearly a quarter of the population is still living below the poverty line.
- More than 5 million Ghanaians rely on surface water, which is often contaminated.
- Waterborne diseases, like diarrhea, are one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 5.
- In rural areas, 91% of people lack access to improved sanitation facilities.
How your support is helping children like Fasila
You’re helping to make dreams come true for girls like 13-year-old Fasila. Born with a disability that made walking difficult, Fasila’s parents never sent her to school. Still, Fasila knew that’s where she belonged. So, when Plan International’s Reach program came to her village, she begged them to let her participate.
An accelerated learning approach, Reach helps excluded children in Ghana learn reading, writing and math over a nine-month period, so they can transition to primary school. Her parents relented, and Fasila thrived in the program. She graduated at the top of her class, proving she was right all along — her disability did not define her. Fasila is now in primary school, with her parents’ full support.
“I am determined to complete my education and become a nurse so that in the future, I will be able to encourage others who might also find themselves in my situation.”
Yes, I’ll sponsor a child in Ghana and support a whole community to thrive