Ghana is located a few degrees north of the Equator on West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea and is bordered by Burkina Faso to the North, Cote D’Ivoire (also known as the Ivory Coast) to the West, Togo to the East and the Gulf of Guinea to the South. The estimated population of Ghana as per Microsoft Encarta is 23,382,848 for 2008. The country is mainly agricultural, with a majority of the work in farming. The climate is tropical and experiences distinct rainy seasons and dry seasons. English is spoken throughout the Country however most Ghanaian people have at least one African language.
Ghana, once called the Gold Coast, gained it’s independence from European colonial rule in 1957. The culture in Ghana is diverse. Weaving and carving are important traditional art forms and music and dance can be seen at communal functions. The hospitality of the people in addition to the diverse culture makes Ghana a very attractive Country.
The orphaned children we are working with are located in the Ho District (county) of the Volta Region (state) in the Southeastern part of Ghana. The town of Ho is the capital of the Volta Region and quite a few rural villages fall under the Ho District. The population of the town of Ho as of 2002 was 233,135 as per the Wikipedia encyclopedia. English is spoken there and the main African dialect is Ewe. The climate in Ho is tropical and they experience 2 rainy seasons.