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Capital: Accra

Language: English

Population: 26 Million

Plan International has been working in Ghana since 1992, helping children access their rights to health, education, food security and protection.

Our programs benefit 28,379 children in 300 communities across the country.

Having completed the construction of 8 irrigation dams in the dry Tumu program area, Plan International is now focusing on strengthening community-based water management structures to ensure effective use of the dams to enhance livelihoods. This goes hand in hand with supporting Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA), which are spreading in the communities and helping villagers become financially independent.

A young boy attends classes at his Plan-supported school.
Thanks to a Plan facilitated Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA), Christina took out a loan to expand her farming business.
A Plan supported girls football club

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Education
Education
Education
Health
Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important in Ghana

  • Families are often unable to meet their children’s basic needs such as healthcare and education
  • Many children die from preventable or treatable diseases like malaria or diarrhea
  • Poor quality schooling means nearly 1/3 of adults cannot read or write

How your support is helping Ghana:

Quality education
  • Helps provide quality basic education with emphasis on improved retention, completion, and performance
  • Supports initiatives to improve transition into secondary school, especially through scholarship
  • Ensures inclusive education for even the most marginalized/excluded children by promoting gender and disability-friendly school facilities, good governance and supporting the Ghana Education Service to enhance monitoring and supervision.
Economic security
  • Promotes community-based micro-finance, specifically Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA), strengthening families’ ability to withstand the shock of emergency situations, while reducing the financial burden of disease
  • Provides youth with valuable employable skills
Health
  • Promotes food security
  • Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) including HIV and AIDS
Child protection
  • Strengthens national child protection systems, community mobilization, child protection and disaster risks response

Country Comparison

CountryGhanaCanada
People living in poverty 24% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 78 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 61 years 81 years

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