Children’s ministry launch

Funding required: $8,750

This project will help: 200 children

Child development centre: GH0480, Avatime Gbadzeme E.P. Child and Youth Development Centre

In the mountainous community of Gbadzeme, just east of spectacular Lake Volta in eastern Ghana, many children are growing up in extreme poverty. Most families struggle to eat even two meals a day, and many children are malnourished. With few job opportunities or vocational training programs, caregivers depend on seasonal or low-paying jobs to survive. Local infrastructure is also lacking, with poor road quality hampering community transportation and commerce. Many families eke out a living as farmers but struggle to transport their food in larger quantities.

Education is also a challenge. There is only one school in Gbadzeme, and it does not have a library or computer lab. Children who are able to attend school are not getting the quality education they will need to progress in their studies in the future. Many end up dropping out of school entirely. The local health centre is similarly under-resourced and understaffed, and patients often can’t access care when they need it. Malaria is prevalent in the community, and most people don’t understand how to prevent it. Unfortunately, teenage pregnancy is also very common, forcing girls to leave school and repeat the cycle of poverty.

But the local church in Gbadzeme has a deep desire to reach out to their community with the transforming gospel of Christ and respond to some of the most pressing needs of children.

By opening a child development centre, children will have access to health care and will receive supplementary food as needed. Through your support they will also have the opportunity to go to school and receive vocational training, age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship, as well as education on important topics like health, hygiene and how to form healthy relationships. Along the way, they will also receive personal attention, guidance and love from caring members of the Christian community.

Real and lasting change happens when children are developed to become the adults who will create change in their community. In Compassion’s program, children learn they are loved, develop hope for their future and realize that God wants to use them to help others. These children grow up to be givers and leaders in their community.

Help children build a new future free from poverty and full of promise by launching a holistic children’s ministry!

Children’s ministry launch

Help a church in Ghana open a holistic child development ministry.

Church name: Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Avatime, Gbadzeme

Community information: Gbadzeme is a community of 15,000 in the mountains of eastern Ghana. Most people work as street vendors, day labourers or subsistence farmers. The average monthly income is about $52, but 60 per cent of the population is unemployed. Homes are made of corrugated tin roofs, brick or cement block walls and cement floors. The main diet includes cassava, goat, maize and plantains. The community is predominantly Christian by profession, but many people still observe cultural practices including puberty rites for young girls.

What is provided through this gift:

  • Centre staffing
    • Staff salary
  • Child registration and caregiver orientation
    • Initial caregiver meeting
    • Registration day items
    • Camera
  • Administrative equipment and supplies
    • Office computer and printer
    • Office filing cabinets and shelves
    • Office desk and chair
    • Office supplies
  • Classroom furnishings and supplies
    • Teaching resources and supplies
  • Kitchen furnishing and supplies
    • Tables and chairs
  • Health checkups
    • Initial health screenings
    • Height and weight measurement tools
    • First aid kits

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.