Visit Ghana

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 Google is 29,614,000 for 2018. 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. Ghana just may be the Safest Country in Africa, as it’s low crime-rate and lower-than-average violent-crime rate are considerably below most African Countries.

The children we are working with are located in the Ho Municipal 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 within the Ho District. Ho can be found on a map of Ghana as it sits roughly 100 miles NE of Accra (Capital and Largest City in Ghana – 2012 Area Population of 2.25 Million). The population of the town of Ho as of 2016 was 96,213 with 233,960 in the surrounding area (Ho Municipal District). English is spoken there and the main African dialect is Ewe. The climate in Ho is tropical and they experience 2 rainy seasons each year.

[SOMETHING PERSONAL…] Joe and I have found our travels here to be a rewarding experience. The attitude is casual and laid back, the people are friendly and personal, and the roads are dirt (or muddy) and long!