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Poverty In Ghana

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Aid Worker's Report on Poverty in a Ghanaian Village I arrived in Ghana several weeks ago. After a week in Accra I began the journey to the north of country to the village where I am now based. As you know Ghana is located in the North-West of Africa. Ghana is a considerably poorer country in comparison with other countries in the west like Britain and the United States, meaning that the country is LEDC, standing for Less Economically Developed Country. Although in 2002 Ghana was written off $893 million dollars of their debt costing two organizations. They are still heavily in debt of $3.7 billion dollars. Most of this is owed to the US. The climate of Ghana is hot and a dry because it is located near the equator. There is not much water because of the poor rainfall. This means that many rivers and lakes dry up meaning a starvation of fresh water for poor towns and villages. This is the main cause of disease and poverty in Ghana. Compared to Britain the climate is very different. ...read more.


Once grace has to give up work she will no longer be contributing to the families funds and will have to rely on her children. Most families cannot afford to send their children to schools, meaning a lack of qualifications and a low earning potential. Grace cannot afford to send her children to school meaning that it's very likely they will end up as bad as they are now. The government are concentrating on paying back national debts rather than investing in public services. For grace's family this means no bus service to get to well paid jobs. Sometimes the crops fail due to unreliable or extreme weather such as drought. This means that grace cannot buy supplies she needs sometimes and that if she plants her own the harvest may not be successful. Malnutrition is common due to lack of food or unvaried diet. Grace can only afford to feed her family once a day with a type of porridge made from corn. Corn only goes into two of the groups in the pie chart this means that her family is severely malnourished. ...read more.


I have hopefully by now built a good picture of not only what life is like in the village but also the reason why the problems exist. I understand that all the problems of the inhabitants cannot be sorted overnight. However I believe that there is a project that could make a big impact on their day-to-day lives. An irrigation system on the fields would be a great way of insuring that every year would supply a harvest. I suggest that a well is built in the centre of the village, so that they could stop the long trek to unclean water. With a well there would always be a clean supply of water. As the government is in debt it cannot afford to pay for free healthcare programs. Maybe Britain, the US and other rich countries could pay for a healthcare program temporarily while Ghana gets it financial state back under control. Clothing is very scarce in poor villages and towns. A project could be organized to send clothing from Britain to Ghana and other LEDC countries. Many families cannot afford to send their children to school so again, richer countries could fund a free education system. ...read more.

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