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Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 23,837,000 (2009)
National language: English, African languages
Per capita income: US$ 700 (2009)
Life expectancy: 57 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
82% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
13% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 69/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Ghana, roughly the size of Oregon, is located in Western Africa between the Ivory Coast and Togo, with coastline on the Gulf of Guinea. Years of violent political instability have left the country lacking the infrastructure needed to utilize its abundant natural resources. Only relatively recently, exemplified by peaceful elections in 2000, has stability begun to take root within the country.

The majority of Ghana's workers are employed in agriculture, cultivating food products and cocoa, one of the country’s most important exports. The production of gold, of which Ghana has large reserves, also accounts for a large percentage of the country’s revenue. One of Ghana’s most renowned cultural contributions is the Kente cloth, a colorful woven fabric traditionally worn by regional chiefs as a symbol of wealth and status.

Plan Ghana works with more than 28,000 children and their families in 300 communities, focusing on reducing poverty and promoting health care and education for children. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.


Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.