Ghana & Nigeria
REDUCING THE POVERTY RATE
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 near twice the poverty rate of southern Ghana. Major health challenges among children under 5 are especially concerning in this region of the country, where the 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.
Rahma Worldwide has worked in Ghana and Nigeria to help relieve both the problems of hunger and lack of access to proper education through teacher training, water infrastructure development, and Ramadan food parcels.