SOS Children's Village Asiakwa is located roughly 100 km from Accra, the country's capital, in a small farming community of mostly plantain, maize and cocoa farmers. In recent years, Ghana's economy has been hailed as a role model for the region with the country's poverty reduction programmes ranking among the best in Sub-Saharan Africa. All across the country, the well-being of Ghana's population has improved considerably. But although poverty in Ghana may not be as pronounced as in other African states, hundreds of thousands in this country continue to live in precarious conditions. The rate of infant and child mortality has dropped but a rather huge urban/rural and north/south disparity remains.
Children at the SOS Children's Village Asiakwa on their way to the adjoining sports ground (photo: A. Gabriel)