Population: 31,072,940 in 2022
GDP per capita (US$): $2,206 in 2020
The burden of malnutrition in Ghana:
- Anemia in pregnancy decreased from 55.2% in 2000 to 47.2% in 2019
- Low birth weight Infants decreased from 16.1% in 2000 to 14.2% in 2015
- Under-5 mortality rate per 1,000 live births:
- Boys decreased from 106.6 in 2000 to 50.7 in 2019
- Girls decreased from 91.8 in 2000 to 41.4 in 2019
- Malnutrition in children under 5 years of age:
- Stunting decreased from 35.5% in 2003 to 17.5% in 2017
- Wasting decreased from 8.4% in 2003 to 6.8% in 2016
Source: Global Nutrition Report, 2022
Bountiful Children in Ghana
- Bountiful Children began serving in Ghana in 2016
- 2715 children and 72 mothers receive help each month as of 2022
- See additional information below
Ghana - History and Demographics
The Portuguese were the first European colonizers arriving in the area in 1471. The Gold Coast was so named because it was an important source of gold. The Portuguese set up a trading post in Cape Coast to protect their trade from European competitors. It still stands today and is a tourist attraction. There were 30 forts and castles built to protect Portuguese interests from other Europeans and pirates. In the late 17th century, there was a shift from being a gold exporting and slave importing economy to being a major local slave exporting economy. In 1807, Britain began a campaign to stop the international slave trade. In 1808, the United States outlawed the importation of slaves, though the effort was not successful until the 1860’s. Britain became the dominant European power in the late 19th century with their desire to eliminate the slave trade, and Ghana became a British colony. The British presence helped with stability. In 1957, Britain granted Ghana independence. Corruption in the ruling party became an obstacle to economic growth. There was a military coup in 1966 that promised to restore the democratic government. Coups would continue for many years with economic strife and other issues. In 1992, the government was under international and domestic pressure and allowed for a 258-member assembly representing geographic districts. A new constitution was introduced in 1993. Social reforms began to be instituted in 2003 such as a meal-a-day program in the poorest areas. Ghana is currently experiencing a stable democracy.
Bountiful Children in Ghana
Bountiful Children started helping communities in Ghana in 2016. 24% of the population live below the national poverty level. Chronic malnutrition affects more than one million children in Ghana.
Communities in Ghana
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Considering A Donation?
All donations go toward identifying mothers and children in need, providing food supplements, health lessons, and other services. All donations are welcomed. Recurring monthly donations support community stability.
- $8 = nourish 1 child for a month
- $25 = nourish 3 children for a month
- $100 = nourish 1 child for a year
- $500 = nourish an average community for a month
- $6,000 = nourish a community of your choice for one year
Our mission is to provide nutritional supplementation to malnourished children and pregnant/nursing mothers as well as to teach health and cognitive development skills to families in the areas we serve.