Ghana Without Orphans

Country Profile: Ghana

Total Population: 31 million
Total Children under the age of 18: 13.7 million

The situation of children in Ghana

The Challenges:

  • Over 1.1 million children in Ghana have lost either one of or both their parents.
  • Around 160,000 Ghanaian children have been orphaned due to AIDS and are now facing a life without their biological parents.
  • 80 % of children that live in children's residential homes, mainly privately owned and run, are not orphans and have at least one parent who is alive.
  • 17 % of children do not live with either of their biological parents and so are often denied family care, parental guidance, and support.
  • 94 % of children aged 1 to 14 years have experienced violence, including abuse and neglect and corporal punishment.

Ghana Without Orphans works on:

  • Lobby and Advocacy. Ghana Without Orphans is working on the judicial process of protection and care for children in Ghana. GWO reviewed current laws and policies relating to orphans and vulnerable children and identified gaps and areas for improvement in the current child care and protection system.
  • Creation of an inter-institutional commission to implement and monitor best practices across the country.
  • Preventive and family support services.
  • Training and Support programs.

Other Information about Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and Family Care in Ghana

Better Care Network Information on Family-Based Care in Ghana

More information for prayer at Operation World


"Source: UNICEF, Humanium, SOS Children's Villages International".

National Stories

Ghana Without Orphans Gathering Highlights Importance of Child Protection

Ghana Without Orphans (GWO) organized a two-day conference on best practices in the judicial process of protection and care for children in Ghana in collaboration with Strengthening Families for Abandoned Children United Kingdom (SFAC UK) and the Judicial Training Institute of Ghana. The gathering was supported by the Department for Foreign and International Development (DFID UK).  
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