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Ghana

14-year-old Mary standing outside her junior high school in Mampehia, Ghana. The word Mampehia means

We began working in Ghana in 1990 and have supported one million people living in 279 different communities. 

Why we work in Ghana

Ghana is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, but much of its population lives in extreme poverty. Most people rely on the land and farm their own food, which means when there are droughts or floods they suffer severe food shortages.

Many children in Ghana don’t get a good education, often not finishing secondary or even primary school, because classes are often overcrowded, schools don’t have water or toilets, and trained teachers and school books are in short supply.

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  • 29
    29% of people live below the poverty line.
  • 21
    21% of girls are married before their 18th birthday.
  • 94
    94% of children aged between 2-14 years old have experienced violence.

Despite the law, women and girls all over Ghana often face violence, discrimination and abise. It’s common for girls to be forced to have female genital mutilation (FGM) and be married off against their will, and for women to be accused of witchcraft and banished to live in ‘witch camps’.

What we do in Ghana

To protect girls from being kidnapped for marriage we support Community Anti-Violence Teams, known as COMBAT squads, to take action against abuse and educate local people about state laws. In 2013 COMBAT teams rescued 49 girls who had been abducted. 

We put pressure on the government to close witch camps and help reintegrate women into their communities. In December 2014 we organised the closure of the Bonyasi Camp.

Our Girls’ Clubs teach girls about their rights and support them to stay in school, and by providing equipment — from school books to solar lamps — we help children to learn.

How we’re changing lives for good in Ghana

To tackle hunger we train communities to use modern farming techniques so they can adapt to climate change, and provide grain banks to store food for when times are tough.

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Footnotes

Photos: Nana Kofi Acquah/ActionAid, Jane Hahn/ActionAid, ActionAid.