Ghana, formerly known as the Gold Coast, is a beautiful country located in West Africa. A former British colony, Ghana was the first sub-Saharan country to gain its independence. This happened in 1957 and like many newly independent countries, they endured a series of coups but they have enjoyed relative peace since 1981.
Ghana has over 500 kilometers of coastline with a tropical climate. Depending on which part of the country you are in, it will be hot and dry or hot and humid! While the country is rich in natural resources such as gold, timber, diamonds, fish, rubber and hydro-power to name just a few, recurrent drought, soil erosion, deforestation and inadequate supplies of potable water also plague the country.
The population is just under 26 million. Many of the people, 71%, are Christians. 17.5% of the population is Muslim, 5% follow traditional religions and 5% report no religion at all.
The people of Ghana have many needs. Health care, education and micro-loans are just a few of the ways we are partnering with Project Reach Out Ghana to help address some of them.