Ghana OverviewBookwallah recently created an Advisory Council for Africa expansion. Council members include: Hilda Annafi, of Nanny’s Place Pre-School in Ghana, Lou Savage of Lexterra Strategies, Najeem Dayisi of Caterpillar Inc., and Riyaz Adamjee of Teletrac Navman Group. All of them are living or have lived in Africa. Bookwallah is seeking to establish a presence in Ghana and has a trusted person on the ground who can spirit our efforts. Other countries within Africa will be reviewed by this team as well. If you are interested in joining the Advisory Council or helping our initiative in Ghana or Africa, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. “Then Ghana, and the smell of Ghana, a contradiction, a cracked clay pot: the smell of dryness, wetness, both, the damp of earth and dry of dust. The airport. Bodies pushing, pulling, shouting, begging, touching, breathing. He’d forgotten the bodies. The proximity of bodies. In America the bodies were distant. The warmth of it ……Why had he hated this view? Of this beach, of the backs of these fishermen, glistening brown, of the long wooden boats, evangelical names in bright tricolor paint on their splintering sides, Black Star Jesus, Jah Reign, Christ the Fisher of Men, in the red, yellow, green of the national flag and the national spirit of open-source ethos, this mixing of Anglican, Rastafarian, Ghanaian? What was there to hate in this? There was only openness. As far as he could see. A cheerful openness. An innocence. An innocent beach on the road to Kokrobite at seven A.M. November 1975, little country lurching, cheerful, unaware, to revolution. Little taxi lurching, blasting revolution, to grief.” – Taiye Selasi, Ghana Must Go
- Ghana is considered one of the more stable countries in Africa. It’s growth rate GDP has remained steady for last few years at 7.9%.
- Population is estimated at 25,758,108 (July 2014 est.).
- There are about 11 languages in Ghana with English being the official language (36% of the population) followed by Asante at 14.8%.
- Diverse religions including: Christian 71.2% (Pentecostal/Charismatic 28.3%, Protestant 18.4%, Catholic 13.1%, other 11.4%), Muslim 17.6%, traditional 5.2%, other 0.8%, none 5.2% (2010 census, CIA Factbook).
- Literacy rate of those over 15 who can read or write on average is 71.5%, lower for woman at 65.3%. Compare this to 99% in United States.
Ghana Challenge & Bookwallah Organization’s RoleAccording to UNICEF, there are an estimated one million orphans in Ghana with an estimated 120-140 orphanages within the country. The children come from all sorts of backgrounds including HIV/AIDS related, poverty, abuse, and other. Our initial research has shown that books of interest to the children are rarely available to the children of orphanages, despite the need and desire for them. Bookwallah’s focus is to provide storybooks to orphanages within Ghana, both in English and the local language, through the Bookwallah Book. Additionally, Bookwallah would like to offer the Bookwallah Reading Rug Program for those orphanages that do not have separate child-friendly reading areas with complimentary Bookwallah Reading Services.
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