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Challenging Heights

Country: Ghana
Established: 2003
Website: challengingheights.org

Freedom from forced labour in Ghana

Challenging Heights brings unique expertise in rescuing children trafficked within Ghana for exploitation in the fishing industry. They provide the rescued children with temporary shelter and protection, and work to reintegrate them back into their families, extended families or foster families.

In Ghana, fishing communities are responsible for recruiting a large number of children, who are either sold or involuntarily taken from their communities, and exploiting them as child labourers.

Challenging Heights works to raise awareness within both fishing communities as well as the home communities of the children, thereby encouraging these communities to reject the sale and exploitation of children. Challenging Heights supports families to reintegrate former child labourers through providing psychosocial support, linking families to micro-finance providers, closely monitoring the child in the school and home environment.

Overview

Many of the staff, including the Director, at Challenging Heights have firsthand experience of child labour, as they themselves were victims of internal trafficking and exploitation.

They have been able to change their lives for the better because of the support received from Challenging Heights, and are in turn able to support other children to make a change to their life. Challenging Heights has won a number of international awards for their work against child slavery and promoting education for children. Challenging Heights:

  • Rescues trafficked children and provides survivors with aftercare;
  • Provides educational support to hundreds of vulnerable or underserved children;
  • Supports communities to build resistance to slavery and keep their children in school;
  • Influences national policy and create advocates to help fight modern slavery.

 

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Family for Every Child has 19 organisations from 18 countries across the world united by a common vision of a world where every child can grow up in a permanent, safe and caring family.

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