Challenging Heights promotes youth and family empowerment and children’s rights to education and freedom from forced labour in Ghana.
We provide educational support to hundreds of vulnerable or underserved children.
We rescue trafficked children and provide survivors with aftercare.
We support communities to build resistance to slavery and keep their children in school.
We seek to influence national policy and create advocates to help fight modern slavery.
In honour of World Humanitarian Day we want to recognise all of those humanitarian heroes who find themselves in danger for helping others.
We want to say thank you to those who fight injustices and for those who stand up for their communities in times of crisis.
We urge you to give thanks to your local humanitarian hero.
Thank you James Kofi Annan (and all of Challenging Heights staff)! You have made it your mission to help those subjected to child slavery on Lake Volta and to ensure all children are getting their right to an education.
Families understand Child Trafficking and the Hazards of Child Labour on Lake Volta:
In follow up investigations led by the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), with support from CH, 14 of the 33 children saved from going to Lake Volta were concluded not to have been victims of child trafficking but at risk of becoming exploited into hazardous child labour on the lake once they arrived.
These children were reunited with their families after Challenging Heights and the AHTU did a thorough sensitization explaining the risks of children going to Lake Volta including the hazardous conditions many children are subjected to, what child trafficking is and the criminal repercussions of child trafficking. The parents were very grateful for this intervention and the safety of their children.
This served as an opportunity to ensure the children would not become victims of the worst forms of child labour but to also create awareness amongst these families and their communities. They are now equipped..
“No pencils or rulers allowed”
Children at the shelter have been partaking in play therapy-This session focused on having fun and being active throughout the process rather than focusing on the final product. Encouraging the children to be free in their art and not compare it to others.
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Further insight into the joint operation with the Anti Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana police that saved 33 children from being sent to Lake Volta.
Students finished exams and have now completed the school year! They will enjoy a month of vacation before the start of a new term in a new class. A month in which we must be sure no child is sent to Lake Volta!
20 girls and 13 boys, some as young as 4 or 5, have been taken into temporary care at our shelter as suspected victims of human trafficking after being found travelling unaccompanied on buses destined for Lake Volta.
180 days to raise $36,000 and we need your help!
Challenging Heights is turning 10 on Feburary 5, 2015-when we want to be moved into our new office and community training centre.
If we can raise $200 a day,we can successfully have a permanent centre and office to help serve the community.
Help CH and donate today!
“She said the HT Secretariat was facing a number of challenges including an empty Human Trafficking Fund, non release of budgetary allocations, lack of office and office logistics, including a vehicle and an inadequate staff compliment.”
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is trying to take steps forward to end human trafficking in Ghana. Yet, we stress the need for the government to provide resources in order to enable the implementation of human trafficking programs.
Yale University and the The Michael Manzella Foundation provides funding for Challenging Heights first Concert Benefit and Gala. Throughout the Gala Challenging Heights choir sang, children from the Hovde House shelter gave a performance, CH staff spoke, as well as hearing from some of our distinguished guests.
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