In 1957 Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain independence. Ghana has a young population with approximately 57% of the people are under the age of 25. Ghana was a country of immigration in the early years after its 1957 independence, attracting labor migrants largely from Nigeria and other neighboring countries to mine minerals and harvest cocoa – immigrants composed about 12% of Ghana’s population in 1960. In the late 1960s, worsening economic and social conditions discouraged immigration, and hundreds of thousands of immigrants, mostly Nigerians, were expelled. During the 1970s, severe drought and an economic downturn transformed Ghana into a country of migration, many left to neighboring Cote d’Ivoire. Later, hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians migrated to Nigeria to work in its booming oil industry, but most were deported in 1983 and 1985 as oil prices plummeted. Since the 1990s, increased migration of skilled Ghanaians, especially to the US and the UK, drained the country of its health care and education professionals Poverty has declined in Ghana but it remains in the northern regions which are susceptible to droughts and floods and where there is less access to transportation infrastructure, markets, fertile farm land, and industrial centers. The northern region also has lower school enrollment, higher illiteracy, and fewer opportunities for women. . Internally, poverty and other developmental disparities continue to drive Ghanaians from the north to the south, particularly to its urban centers. Over the past 7 years, Life for Relief and Development has become very active in Ghana by providing support to orphans and widows, distributing books to schools, and providing food to needy families. Life has redoubled its commitment to the people of Ghana through the adoption of a number of new projects which include constructing schools and community centers where families can socialize, worship and pray and digging water wells in small towns and villages.