Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. In 1957, Ghana became the first African nation to become independent from British colonization, inspiring many others to follow.
Despite key accomplishments, Ghana still faces a number of significant socio-economic challenges, particularly in rural areas. Lack of clean water and sanitation are major challenges in regions around the Volta. Bonded labour, child marriage and exploitation of children also remain significant problems. An estimated 1.9 million children in Ghana are currently involved in child labour.
International Needs Ghana was established by Rev. Walter Pimpong in 1984 with the aim of improving deprived communities through development and human rights initiatives.
In 1998, International Needs Ghana led a campaign that gained attention all over the world to abolish a practice of Shrine Slavery known as Trokosi. Find out more about this project here.