General information on Ghana

In autumn 2007, 37 years after SOS Children's Villages Ghana was founded, heavy rainfalls caused terrible flooding in the north of the country. Once more, SOS Children's Villages was there to help. An emergency relief programme was initiated in order to protect vulnerable children and their families.
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Carpentry training - photo: Wolfgang Kehl
Carpentry training - photo: Wolfgang Kehl
The Republic of Ghana has a total population of around 25 million and its capital and urban centre is Accra. English is Ghana's official language, although many other local languages are widely spoken.

Ghana was the first nation in Sub-Saharan Africa to achieve independence from its colonial power. When Ghanaian leader and Pan-African hero Kwame Nkrumah was ousted in a coup in 1966, a long period of military rule began. A new constitution was approved and multiparty politics were restored in 1992, ushering in a period of democracy.

When compared to many other countries in the region, Ghana has managed to largely escape the ethnic and civil wars that have plagued Western African nations.

At the SOS Kindergarten - photo: C. F. Ngo Biyack
At the SOS Kindergarten - photo: C. F. Ngo Biyack