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Hope for Ghana Organization

P.O.Box Sp 289,


Ghana West Africa

Office Mobile Number: 00233244076922



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Hope for Ghana

Hope for Ghana is organization whose mission is to Seek funds and donations to redevelop the town of Saltpond, Ghana.

Hope for Ghana, goal is to promote the redevelopment of healthcare services economic enterprises, agricultural methods and educational programs within its Ghanaian-based Subsidiary, HFG-Saltpond. The organization hopes its initiative can become a model for other African towns.

The CEO has stated on several occasions "by directing assistance to small villages and towns like Saltpond and working with its people to achieve improved economic and human conditions, Africa can be revitalized at its base."

Due to this hardship economy in Africa, we have established this non profit organization to support and improve the well being health, education and general Welfare of the Society.

Moreover we are not strong in financial support and we are seeking for sponsorship from any organization or Donors to support us so that we can assist and the needy children’s to discover their potential right and get them out of the street.



About Saltpond
Saltpond is situated at, in the West African Ghana, Saltpond is a South Western township in Ghana, West African Ghana, with its capital city called Accra, and located about 5 above the Equator and 0 meridians with a population of about 20million. Saltpond is the Costal town jutting into the sea with an estimated population of about 1 5 thousand it is surrounded on its three remaining side by satellite town such as Kromantse, Anomabu, Abandze Abonke, Mankeisim, Assaafa, and Yamoransa. Saltpond at one time was a flourishing shipping trading post and an educational Center for training teacher, Also the Department of Geological surrey of Ghana and many more. The entire above are gone leaving the people mainly small scale farmers and fishermen and a government company only. Due to this hardship economy in Africa, we have established this non profit organization to support and improve the well being health, education and general Welfare of the Society.
The main occupation of Saltpond is farming and fishing.





Ghana, republic in western Africa, bordered on the north and north-west by Burkina Faso, on the east by Togo, on the south by the Gulf of Guinea, and on the west by Côte d’Ivoire. Formerly a British colony known as the Gold Coast, Ghana was the first majority-ruled nation in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve independence, in 1957. The country is named after the ancient inland empire of Ghana, from which the ancestors of the inhabitants of the present country are thought to have migrated. The total area of Ghana is 238,500 sq km (92,090 sq mi). The capital is Accra.



Ghana is a lowland country, except for a range of hills on the eastern border. The sandy coastline is backed by a coastal plain that is crossed by several rivers and streams, generally navigable only by canoe. In the west the terrain is broken by heavily forested hills and many streams and rivers. Ghana’s highest point, in the eastern hills, is about 884 m (2,900 ft) above sea level. To the north lies an undulating savannah.


Rivers and Lakes

The northern savannah is drained by the Black Volta and White Volta rivers, that join to form the Volta, which then flows south to the sea through a narrow gap in the hills. Lake Volta, in the east, is one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. No natural harbours exist.



The climate of Ghana is tropical, but temperatures and rainfall vary with distance from the coast and elevation. Except in the north, two distinct rainy seasons occur, from April to June and from September to November. In the north the rainy season begins in March and lasts until September. Annual rainfall ranges from about 1,015 mm (40 in) in the north to about 2,030 mm (80 in) in the south-east. The harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows from the north-east from December to March, lowering the humidity and creating hot days and cool nights in the north. In the south the effects of the harmattan are felt in January. In most areas the highest temperatures occur in March, the lowest in August. The average annual temperature is about 26.1° C (79° F).


Natural Resources

The chief mineral resources of Ghana include gold, silver, iron, manganese ore, bauxite, and diamonds. Forest resources are significant, and the offshore waters are rich in fish. Minor resources include oil, natural gas, beryl, tantalite-columbite, and chromite.


Plants and Animals

Much of the natural vegetation of Ghana has been destroyed by land clearing for agriculture, but such trees as the giant silk cotton, African mahogany, and cedar are still prevalent in the tropical forest zone of the south. The northern two-thirds of the country is covered by savannah—a grassland with scattered trees. Animal life has also been depleted, especially in the south, but it remains relatively diverse and includes leopard, hyena, lemur, buffalo, elephant, wild hog, antelope, and monkey. Many species of reptiles are found, including the cobra, python, puff adder, and horned adder.


Environmental Concerns

In the late 19th century, hardwood forests covered the southern half of Ghana. Considerable portions of these once-extensive forests have been destroyed, and today about 39.7 per cent (1995) of the country is forested. Not all of these forests are commercially viable, however. About 1.3 per cent (1990-1996) of the remaining forest is lost every year. Ghana is the third largest producer of cacao in the world and large tracts of forest have been cleared for cacao crops, which thrive in the rich soil of the rainforest. In times of depressed cacao prices, Ghana has significantly increased exports of timber to generate needed revenue. In 1988, Ghana initiated a conservation plan called the Forest Resource Management Project and in 1989 restricted the export of 18 tree species. The export of raw logs was banned in 1994; about 4.8 per cent (1997) of the country's land is officially protected, but illegal logging continues to threaten Ghana's remaining forests. Deforestation, overgrazing, and periodic drought have led to desertification and soil erosion. Ghana's wildlife populations, depleted by habitat loss, are further threatened by poaching.

Ghana generates 99.9 per cent (1998 estimate) of its electricity through hydroelectric power, utilizing two dams built on the River Volta. Until the mid-1990s, Ghana was a regular exporter of electricity, but low water levels due to periodic drought have caused power shortages. Ghana has ratified international agreements protecting biodiversity, endangered species, tropical forests, wetlands, and the ozone layer. The country has also signed treaties limiting nuclear testing, ship pollution, and whaling.



The population of Ghana is divided into around 100 ethnic groups. The majority of the people depend on agriculture and live on farms or in small villages.


Population Characteristics

Ghana has a population of 20,757,032 (2004 estimate), giving the country an average population density of about 90 people per sq km (234 per sq mi). The most densely populated parts of the country are the coastal areas, the Ashanti region in the south central part of the country, and the two principal cities, Accra and Kumasi. Seventy per cent of the total population lives in the southern half of the country. Life expectancy in 2004 was 55 years for men and 57 years for women.

The most numerous of the peoples belong to the Akan family: the Fanti, who live on the coast, and the Asante, who live in central Ghana. The Nizima and the Ahanta live in the south-west. The Accra plains are inhabited by the Ga. Most of the inhabitants in the northern region belong to the Moshi-Dagomba group of Volta peoples or to the Gonja group.


Political Divisions

Ghana is divided into ten local government administrative regions: Northern, Eastern, Western, Central, Upper East, Upper West, Volta, Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, and Greater Accra. The regions are divided into 110 districts.


Principal Cities

Accra, the largest city and commercial centre, as well as the capital, has a population of 1,904,000 (1999 estimate). Kumasi, population 399,300 (1990 estimate), is the capital of the Ashanti region. Sekondi, 116,500 (1990 estimate), has an artificial harbour; it is the first modern port built in Ghana. Other major cities include Tamale, 151,100 (1988 estimate), Tema, 180,600 (1990 estimate), and Cape Coast, 57,224 (1984).



Traditional religions are adhered to by 38 per cent of the population. The Muslim population (about 30 per cent of the total) is located chiefly in the northern part of the country. The Christian community, which accounts for about 24 per cent of the total population and includes Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, and Presbyterians, is concentrated in the coastal region.



English is the official language of Ghana and is universally used in schools although it is not a mother tongue. In 1962 the government selected nine Ghanaian languages, in addition to English and French, for use in educational institutions: Akuapim-Twi, Asante-Twi, Dagaari, Dagbani, Ewe, Fante, Ga-Adangme, Kasem, and Nzema. A further five languages were selected for use in non-formal education circles and in radio broadcasting: Buli, Frafra, Gonja, Kusaal, and Sisaala. In total, 79 languages are spoken in Ghana, mainly African languages.



Six years of primary education and three years of secondary education are free and compulsory in Ghana. In 1992 some 1.8 million pupils were attending about 10,000 elementary schools; about 5,700 secondary schools had an enrolment of about 816,000. More than 130 vocational and teacher-training institutions had over 40,000 students. Higher education is provided by the University of Ghana (1948), in Accra; the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (1951), in Kumasi; the University of Cape Coast (1962); the University for Development Studies (1992) in Tamale; and the University College of Education of Winneba (1992). Total university enrolment was about 9,600 in the late 1980s. In 1992, 3.1 per cent of the country’s gross national product (GNP) was spent on education.



The economy of Ghana, a country rich in natural resources, is based on the production of a few primary agricultural and mineral products. Following near economic collapse and hyperinflation in the early 1980s, drastic economic reforms, including successive devaluations, privatization programmes, increases in agricultural produce prices, and cuts in government spending led to sustained economic growth after the mid-1980s. Overall growth continued at a rate of approximately 5 per cent in 1995, due largely to increased gold, timber, and cocoa production, all major sources of foreign exchange. The economy, however, continues to revolve around subsistence agriculture. While Ghana has twice the per capita output of the poorer countries in West Africa, it remains dependent on international aid.

In 2002 Ghana’s GNP was US$5,505 million (World Bank estimate), yielding a per capita income of about US$270. The estimated national budget in 1993 showed revenues of about US$1,013 million and expenditures of about US$1,253 million.


Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing

In 1996 agriculture contributed about 50 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). The most important export crop of Ghana is cacao, which is produced chiefly in the Ashanti region. In 2003 Ghana produced about 380,000 tonnes. Production is in the hands of small-scale farmers. Rehabilitation programmes and improved produce prices increased production in the 1980s but droughts in the north have severely affected agricultural activities, and deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, and water pollution are growing environmental problems. Other major export commodities are coffee, palm kernels, shea nuts, coconut oil, copra, bananas, groundnuts (peanuts), kola nuts, palm oil, and tobacco. Rubber plantations have been introduced in the south-west. The government has also initiated programmes to promote the improvement of other cash crops as well as cacao.

The most important food products in the south are cassava, palm kernels, palm oil, maize, plantain, groundnuts (peanuts), and yams. Other crops include oil nuts, cotton, tobacco, and rice. The shea tree, which bears seeds yielding an edible solid fat called shea butter, is widely distributed in the north, where yams, sorghum, and maize are also grown. Groundnuts and cowpeas are grown in the north-east. Coconuts, coffee, bananas, and citrus fruits are grown along the coast. Cattle, totalling approximately 1.45 million in 2003, are raised principally in the north. Other livestock include 3.45 million goats, 3 million sheep, and 23 million chickens.

Forests cover about 28 per cent of Ghana’s land area. Forest reserves are controlled under the 1959 Timber Lands Act to ensure that a given timber area has been fully exploited before the area is cleared for agricultural use. Through this act and by increasing the reservation and afforestation hectarage, the government attempts to counteract the deforestation caused by farming. Most of timber production is from areas outside the forest reserves, although production from reserves is increasing. In 2002 roundwood production totalled about 22 million cu m (776 million cu ft).

The fishing industry, which has grown rapidly, had a catch of about 451,287 tonnes in 2001, about 10 per cent of which came from inland waters (mainly Lake Volta). Fish markets with cold-storage facilities exist at Sekondi and at Tema.



Gold production increased significantly during the 1980s. In 2002 output was about 69,707 kg. About 363,000 tonnes of manganese ore and 684,000 tonnes of bauxite were also produced. Production of diamonds included about 193,000 carats of industrial quality and 770,493 carats of gem quality.



Ghana has, compared to most other African countries, a relatively well-developed industrial sector. A major privatization programme was initiated after the mid-1980s. Manufacturing establishments are generally small. Printing and publishing plants are numerous, and the country has a number of sawmills and furniture producers. Large-scale operations are found mainly in those industries producing beer, cigarettes, soft drinks, edible oils, nails, oxygen and acetylene, and sheet aluminium. The industrial base at Tema, a port city east of Accra, includes an oil refinery. A large aluminium smelter utilizes energy generated by the Volta River Project. Other manufactured goods include textiles, footwear, iron and steel, sugar, flour, and glass.



Almost all of Ghana’s power is generated in hydroelectric facilities, such as the Volta River hydroelectric project, and the hydroelectric dam at Kpong. Total production of electricity in Ghana in 2001 was approximately 8.8 billion kWh. Significant amounts of electricity are exported.


Currency and Banking

The Bank of Ghana (established 1957) is the country’s central bank and issues the national currency. Since 1967 the monetary unit has been the cedi of 100 pesewas. Following numerous devaluations between 1981 and 1983 the new cedi was introduced (8,650 new cedis equalled US$1; early 2004). There are three commercial banks and the National Investment Bank (established 1963) makes development loans to private business and public corporations. Public-sector wage increases, regional peacekeeping commitments, and the containment of internal unrest in the northern part of the country have placed substantial demands on the government’s budget and have led to inflationary deficit financing and rising public discontent with Ghana’s austerity measures.


Commerce and Trade

Ghana’s principal exports are gold, cocoa, and timber; its principal imports are raw materials, capital equipment, petroleum, and food. Generally, the annual balance of trade has shown a deficit since independence. In 2000 imports to Ghana were valued at about US$2,933 million and exports at about US$1,671 million. The United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, and Germany are Ghana’s leading trade partners.



About 62 per cent of Ghana’s labour force is engaged in agriculture and fishing. Industry employs 10 per cent and services 28 per cent. The minister of labour certifies unions for collective bargaining. Uncertified trade unions may not strike. Public service, municipal, and local government employees are forbidden to strike and are not entitled to arbitration.



In 2000 Ghana was served by 953 km (592 mi) of railways, which are under renovation. The main line forms a rough triangle, connecting Sekondi, Accra, and Kumasi.

The country has about 46,179 km (28,694 mi) of roads, of which about 18 per cent are trunk roads. Passenger cars in use in 1997 totalled about 5 vehicles per 1,000 people. The country’s two major ports, Tema and Sekondi, are both artificial.

The international airport is located at Kotoka (near Accra). The four other main domestic airports are: Sekondi, Kumasi, Sunyani, and Tamale, with additional airstrips for small settlements. International airlines have regular flights to Accra. Ghana Airways provides domestic and international services.



Radio, television, telegraph, and telephone services are owned and operated by the government of Ghana. Domestic radio programmes are broadcast in English and African languages. Programmes in English, Hausa, and French are broadcast to other parts of Africa as part of an international radio service. A television service was established in 1965. An estimated 13 million radios and 2 million television receivers were in use in 2000.


Health and Welfare

In 1996 there were 16,440 people per doctor; the infant mortality rate in 2004 was 52 deaths per 1,000 live births. Around 7 per cent of government expenditure was spent on health care in 1993.



A military council ruled Ghana by decree from 1972 until 1979, when a constitution providing for a popularly elected president was adopted. This constitution also provided for a directly elected parliament and for an independent judiciary headed by a supreme court. After a coup d’état on December 31, 1981, the 1979 constitution was suspended. The Provisional National Defence Council, led by a chairman, then ruled Ghana until 1992, when a new constitution was approved by popular referendum.

The new constitution established Ghana as a multi-party republic with a president elected by universal suffrage to a four-year term. It also provided for an elected legislature of 200 members, elected for four-year terms in single-seat constituencies, and for a prime minister to be chosen by the president from among the members of parliament. The ban on political parties was lifted, and the fourth republic was inaugurated, on January 7, 1993.


International Organizations

Ghana is a member of the United Nations (UN), the Commonwealth of Nations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the FAO, G-77, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the African Union, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).



Although it gave its name to the modern state the ancient Kingdom of Ghana was, in fact, situated further north in the Sahelian region of Senegal, Mauritania, and Mali. The earliest known states in what is now Ghana were the Dogomba and Mamprussi kingdoms in the north, which flourished in the 12th and 13th centuries. About that time groups of Akan speakers—among them the Asante and the Fanti—migrated from the savannah and established their predominance below the forest line, forming a series of small states. By the early 15th century these communities carried on a lively trade with the sub-Saharan peoples to the north.

The first Europeans to visit the region, subsequently called the Gold Coast, were Portuguese explorers. In 1482 they established a trading settlement on the site of present-day Elmina. The region became the leading supplier of gold to Europe before the discovery of Latin America’s rich resources. In addition, the developing slave trade during the 16th century whetted the interest of several European nations. By 1642 the Dutch had forced the Portuguese out.

The ocean-directed European trade aided the ascendancy of the Asante, who had gradually moved and settled at the junction of trade routes around Kumasi—enabling them to dominate commerce both north and south. By 1670 their supremacy in the Kumasi area was unchallenged, and further expansion left the Asante Empire unquestionably predominant among the native states by the middle of the 18th century. See Ashanti (region).


British Dominance

Among the European invaders who soon challenged the Dutch were the British, who established forts at Kormantine and Cape Coast. The ensuing rivalry between the two powers culminated in war, from which the Dutch emerged victorious. Government-sponsored British companies, however, continued to pursue their interest, developing by 1750 a flourishing slave trade. Forts were also established by the Danes at Christiansborg and elsewhere, but by the end of the 18th century the British dominated the region. In 1821, 14 years after the abolition of the slave trade, the British settlements were taken over by the Crown. The British purchased the Danish forts in 1850, and in 1871 the Dutch settlements were also transferred to them. The coastal area, by then entirely under British control, was designated a Crown Colony in 1874.

In the early 19th century Asante tribes had invaded the coastal territory inhabited by the Fanti, thereby posing a threat to British forts. This led to a series of Asante-British wars that continued sporadically until the end of the century. The boundaries of the colony were established in 1901; at the same time the Asante and the northern territories were annexed to the colony. Part of the German Togoland was added in 1922. Three years later the first elections for a legislative council were held.

Rapid political development, however, began only after World War II. The British, faced with sustained agitation for national independence, allowed increasing measures of self-government, with the object of gradually establishing an independent country. Accordingly, the British Parliament in January 1957 passed the Ghana Independence Act, and on March 6 of that year the National Assembly of Ghana issued a proclamation of independence. Two days later the newly independent country joined the UN.


The Nkrumah Years

The dominant political party of the new nation was the Convention People’s Party (CPP), headed by Kwame Nkrumah, who was the country’s first prime minister and the charismatic leader of the Pan-African movement. There was, however, marked dissension between the CPP and various disaffected political groups. A prime source of resentment was Nkrumah’s desire to create a centralized rather than a federated state. The government retaliated harshly against its critics; in October 1957 six opposition groups formed a coalition known as the United Party.

The Ghana Constitutional Amendment Bill of 1958 made it possible for the National Assembly to alter the constitution by a simple majority. A new republican constitution was drafted early in 1960 and approved by the electorate. At the same time, Prime Minister Nkrumah was elected the first president. The country was proclaimed a republic on July 1, 1960.

During the following years Nkrumah became increasingly dictatorial. The opposition was severely limited in its freedom of action, leaders of the United Party were imprisoned without trial, and defamation of Nkrumah was made a crime. The government decreed a state of emergency in 1961, and again in 1962. In late 1963 Nkrumah began to limit the freedom of the judiciary. A one-party system was introduced in 1964.


Political Instability

On February 24, 1966, Nkrumah, who was on a state visit to China, was ousted in a military coup. He took refuge in Guinea, but his supporters in Ghana were arrested, and Soviet and Chinese technicians, whom Nkrumah had brought in, were expelled from the country. For the next three years Ghana was ruled by a National Liberation Council. In 1969 power was transferred, under a new constitution, to a civilian government headed by Kofi A. Busia. Busia, however, was ousted by another army coup in 1972, headed by Colonel Ignatius K. Acheampong.

Acheampong suspended the constitution, banned political activity, and curbed freedom of the press and union activities. Military control was relaxed slightly in 1974, and a civilian political affairs advisory council and an economic planning council were set up. Acheampong, however, was forced to resign in 1978, giving way to General Frederick W. Akuffo, who ruled for less than a year before he was overthrown by Flight-Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings. Dedicated to uprooting corruption, Rawlings had both Acheampong and Akuffo executed for that offence. In September 1979 Rawlings stepped down in favour of an elected civilian president, Hilla Limann.


The Rawlings Administration

When economic conditions worsened, Limann was deposed in a second coup led by Rawlings on December 31, 1981. Ruling as Chief of the Provisional National Defence Council, Rawlings imposed an austerity plan that helped control inflation and attract financial aid from the West, including support from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The Ghanaian currency was devalued many times in the early 1980s. Agricultural production increased, and Rawlings successfully rescheduled Ghana’s most pressing loans. Despite his popularity with the masses, however, Rawlings’s regime had to suppress many coup attempts during the decade. A referendum in April 1992 re-established constitutional government, and Rawlings, running as a civilian, won the presidency in multi-party elections in November of that year.

Legislative elections the following month gave his National Democratic Congress an overwhelming majority—largely because the poll was boycotted by the four main opposition parties. In 1994 land disputes in the north escalated into ethnic violence in June, involving seven ethnic groups. A state of emergency was temporarily imposed and a peace agreement negotiated between the participants. However, there was renewed ethnic violence in March 1995.

In the 1996 presidential election held in December, Rawlings won 57.2 per cent of the vote. Earlier that year the two main opposition parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the People’s Convention Party, had agreed to contest legislative elections on a united platform. Rawlings was sworn in for his second term in January 1997, the same month that Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan was sworn in as secretary-general of the United Nations.

The Ashanti king Opoku Ware II, who represented about 39 per cent of the population, died in March 1999 and was succeeded, in April, by Barima Kweku Duah, who was named as King Osei Tutu II.

In December 2000, President Rawlings’ two terms in office came to an end. NPP leader John Kufuor won the presidential elections, defeating Vice-President John Atta Mills after two rounds of voting; he was inaugurated on January 7, 2001.

At least 130 people died as the result of a stampede at a football match at the Accra Sports Stadium during a game between Ghana’s two leading teams, Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, in May 2001.

The National Reconciliation Commission was created in May 2002 to investigate human rights abuses that took place during the military rule of Rawlings. The commission first sat in January 2003 and had already been petitioned by nearly 3,000 people claiming tortures and killings. In October 2003 the government approved a merger between two major gold-mining companies, Ghana’s Ashanto Goldfield and South Africa’s AngloGold, thus bringing to an end an international bidding war. In February 2004 former president Rawlings testified before the National Reconciliation Commission.

President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills is the current president of the republic of Ghana.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Mr. Emmanuel Poku is the founder and chairman of Hope for Ghana organization N.G.O; He is a God fearing young man who has a vision of helping the needy children.

He was born in Ghana and from a town called Saltpond in Central region a sub-area in Ghana; He has a deep feeling for people especially the needy and therefore, has established this very organization to support his community and any part of the world.

Mr. Emmanuel Poku is a University Student of University of Education and he

Is perusing Information and Technology in one of the Best Universities in Ghana.



Ø To improve the well – being of children in the rural community by way of health, education and their general welfare.

Ø To assist needy children to discover their potentials and get them off the street

Ø To assist hospital under ministry of health with logistics

Ø To advocate for healthy environment

Ø To promote socio-economic programs in collaboration with the health disease control


Aids awareness

Malarial awareness

Cancer awareness

Food &nutrition

Beekeeping and farming.

Future plans

To support the district hospital with van to execute the emergency cases to other emergency unit in the country.

To set up computer training center in the rural community to train pupil to acquire skills in computer application, business management, ecology, nature conservation and tourism management, to enhance the prospects of the youth and also support the formation independent youth and talented minds

To build bole- holes, pipes in our rural areas

1. Like- Ankaful

2. Kuntu

3. Nankessido and its environs

4. Asaafa

Education is our key for the youth in the community in view of that of that our partners abroad are sending us textbooks, reading books to be supplied to the Government schools in the rural community to enhance them in their learning.