While Ghana has been making noticeable economic progress over the last decade, a rural/urban divide remains. The region around Asiakwa continues to face many poverty-related challenges. Access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and proper housing are not guaranteed in the rural south. Given the difficult socio-economic circumstances in the region, many young people move to cities – yet they often continue to face similar problems.
Since 1992, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Asiakwa.
Like in other parts of the country, children and young people in Asiakwa, and its surrounding area, are often unable to attend school. Although the number of children going to school in Ghana has increased over recent years, in this small farming community, children are often expected to contribute to household incomes.
As a result, many children do not attend school. In fact, nearly 625, 000 children of primary school age are still not enrolled in primary school. Even fewer children continue to go to secondary school. They are deprived of an education that would allow them to escape the viscous cycle of poverty.
One child in every five in Ghana experiences problems growing and developing healthily.
In poorer areas like Asiakwa, this is mostly caused by inadequate nourishment, frequent illness and an unhealthy environment.
Children’s brain development is negatively impacted which further affects learning at an early age, school performance and ultimately their chances in future life.