Ghana has achieved an impressive overall reduction in its poverty rate. About 28% of Ghanaians live below the poverty line now, down from 52% just 10 years ago.
Although Ghana has shown growth, poverty in northern Ghana remains significantly high—it’s nearly twice the poverty rate of southern Ghana. Major health challenges among children under 5 is especially concerning in this region of the country, where incidence of underweight and malnourished children are closely linked to food insecurity. Rural communities suffer most in Ghana, where farming families do not have the same access to the infrastructure and services as those who live in Ghana’s urban south.
As always, education is key to leaving poverty behind, and Ghana is lagging in this sector. 52% of primary-school teachers were trained to teach, and only a little more than 52% of the population has some secondary education. Illiteracy remains widespread, especially among the poor.
Islamic Relief has worked in Ghana to help relieve both the problems of hunger and lack of access to proper education through teacher trainings, water infrastructure development, and Ramadan food parcels.
Please note: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Ghanaian fund may be used to support important emergency or long-term work across the country, or for Ghanaian refugees in other countries.