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Young Life Ghana

Reaching the young people of Ghana

One of the youngest ministries in Africa, Young Life in Ghana began in 2015 and has grown at rates only explainable by a good and faithful God. In 2022, there were over 8,000 kids known by name in 22 different Young Life ministries in Ghana!

In 2022, 8,737 teens were known by name in Ghana.

Ghana

  • Population: 31,001,415
  • Main languages: English, Akan
  • Kids known by name: 8,737

Ghana summary

Ghana was the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence in 1957. Well-endowed with natural resources, agriculture accounts for nearly one-quarter of GDP, and employs more than half of the workforce. Gold and cocoa exports are the major sources of foreign exchange. With a population of over 31 million people, 42% of which are under the age of 18, 71% of people identify as Christian. About 17% identify as Muslim and the rest with a traditional indigenous religion. English is the official language of Ghana, but there are a variety of local African languages that are spoken as well. Coastal towns Elmina and Cape Coast contain native shrines, colonial buildings and museums that serve as a reminder to the slave trade that dominated the country for 300 years. Ghana has traditionally been viewed as a model of African growth, yet since 2013 its economy has endured a growing public deficit, high inflation and weakening currency.

Since beginning in 2015, Young Life in Ghana has grown at rates only explainable by a good and faithful God. In 2022, YL Leaders knew over 8,000 kids by name. Every single week, about 240 kids attended outreach clubs to play games, connect with leaders and to hear a gospel message! An average of 200 kids have joined small group Bible studies and continue to grow their faith in Jesus. As Young Life continues to grow in Ghana, we ask for your continued prayers. We need more committed volunteer leaders and new opportunities to connect in schools and neighborhoods.

Our impact

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Growth (2022)
Kids known by name 473 2,090 8,737 318%
Avg. Kids at Clubs 994 1,214 1,666 250 243 -3%
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 143 340 741 214 218 2%
Number of Ministries 13 16 16 22 22 0%
National Staff 0 1 1 1 1 0%
DGL 0 0 1 2 0 -100%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 186 341 680 296 809 173%

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