Focus on Ghana

Population: 23.9 million (UN)

Capital: Accra

First black African nation to achieve independence (1957)

Major languages: English, African languages, including Akan, Ewe

Religion: Christian 69%, Muslim 16%, traditional 9%, other/none 7%

Export: Gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminium, manganese ore, diamonds, horticulture

There are ten Anglican dioceses in Ghana: Accra, Cape Coast, Dunkwa-on-Offin, Ho, Koforidua, Kumasi, Sekondi, Sunyani, Tamale and Wiawso.

Us (then SPG) first engaged with Ghana (then the Gold Coast) in 1740.

Over the years we have supported education, health work and leadership training, and have arranged long- and short-term personnel placements.

Ghana has enjoyed a notable period of peace and political stability, and is often seen as a model for reform on the continent.

The economy of Ghana is going through remarkable transformation, currently regarded as robust. The country is referred to as one of the ‘emerging world economies’ with commendable growth rates of 12% pa and more.

Ghana’s economy has diversified to include oil, and is no longer dependent on cocoa and gold.

Ghana boasts a large experienced work force, augmented by an increasing flow of returning diaspora professionals.

Ghana is attracting global attention as a destination for investment, trade and tourism, and the Anglican Church is repositioning its mission to accommodate this new environment.

Healthcare challenges in Ghana include high infant mortality due to malaria and a lack of clean water which causes diarrhoea.

The Anglican church of Ghana has historically enjoyed prominence as the state church and remains influential in a fast-changing and developing society.

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In Ghana, we are supporting leadership development, tackling poverty and improving health


Leadership development

The Anglican Church in Ghana is a growing church and needs an increasing number of trained priests and laity to function effectively.

St Nicholas’ Seminary, in Cape Coast, which serves the entire Province of West Africa, is helping to meet this need.

The seminary is equipping a new generation of church leaders to help them undertake the mission of the church amid the globalisation of the twenty-first century.

Since 1975, the seminary, has trained over 200 priests who are now serving in parishes throughout Ghana and West Africa.

Lovia Owusu-Asiedu, from Obuasi village in the Diocese of Kumasi, is a particularly inspiring example of the priests who have trained at St Nicholas.

At the age of 61 – having worked for many years as a nurse and a volunteer at her local church – Lovia should have been looking forward to a peaceful retirement. Instead, she heard a call to train for ordination.

Lovia said: ‘I feel the calling of God to go out and minister, carrying the gospel, sharing the love of Christ and looking at issues that need to be addressed: the social setting, health issues, and more.’

Lovia is now working as a priest in small village churches, sharing her knowledge of God and making use of her healthcare skills from her days as a nurse.

Currently at St Nicholas, USPG is funding scholarships for 11 students from 11 dioceses (nine from Ghana and two from The Gambia), who are studying for either a Bachelor of Theology or Diploma in Theology.


Tackling poverty and improving health

USPG is supporting integrated health projects in the Dioceses of Cape Coast and Sunyani that adopt an integrated strategy for tackling malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea and HIV-prevention.

In the Dioceses of Ashanti Mampong and Sekondi, we are supporting projects that aim to tackle poverty through livelihood initiatives. These initiatives include supporting vulnerable groups with financial support for small and medium income generation and cattle farming enterprises.

 


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USPG is supporting a five-year strategy of the Internal Province of West Africa.

The strategy will address investment, governance, communication, post-Ebola reconstruction and livelihoods in Cameroon.

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