Ghana

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Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra, Ghana

Boti Falls in Ghana

Country Ghana  (Link to map of Ghana)
Continent Africa
Capital Accra
Population 26,908,262 (2014 estimate)
Language English
Religion Christian (71%), Muslim (18%), traditional (5%)
Terrain Mostly low plains with dissected plateau in south-central region
Sports Football (aka soccer; men and women’s) along with skiing, and boxing
Animals Ghana wildlife is rich and diverse with large numbers of mammals (e.g. elephants, monkeys, hippos, antelopes, bats), insects (e.g. ~1000 butterfly species), reptiles (e.g. crocodiles) and marine species (e.g. whales).
Facts of Interest Present-day area of Ghana has been inhabited for millennia with the first permanent state established in the 11th century.

Numerous kingdoms and empires reigned over the region for centuries; the most powerful being the Kingdom of Ashanti

Beginning in the 15th century, the area became attractive to numerous European powers as they tried to establish trading rights.  Eventually Britain established control of the region.

Ghana’s current boarders were established by the 1900’s as the British Gold Coast.

On March 6, 1957, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African nation to establish independence from its European rule.

Concerns Ghana is a source, transit and destination country for human forced labor and sex trafficking (especially sex trafficking of its children within its boarders)

Illicit drug producer (cannabis) and major transport hub for Southwest and Southeast Asian heroin

The current HIV epidemic will have a profound impact on the country’s future social and economic development (the government has responded by forming a Ghana AIDS Commission that seems to be having positive results with it HIV/AIDS education programs)

Clean water and adequate sanitation

Mission Church related efforts are active in providing education for rural young women

Providing access to improved clean water sources via borehole drilling for schools and clinics

Providing safe, private, and hygienic sanitation to reduce the incidence of diarrhea

Sources en.wikipedia.org; cia.com; easytrackghana.com; umcmission.org; presbyterianmission.org; umcmission.org