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 influence national policy and create advocates to fight modern slavery.

We found some very good things happening, but Ghana can do better! After a joint research project with Walk Free, Family for Every Child, UNICEF, The Centre for Social Protection and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Challenging Heights asks Ghana’s Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, for a few key improvements to Ghana’s LEAP benefits programme. We’re pleased with commitments made by the Minister. Read more about this week’s press conference in our blog:

16 hours ago

Happy Ghana Republic Day from all of us at Challenging Heights!

1 day ago

Business is kicking off. These ladies with our Livelihoods Programme met to make liquid and bar soap as part of a cooperative. Soon, we’ll help them reach out to local shop owners and restaurants as potential customers. Once the women get their products into stores, they will create their own revenue to grow their soap making ventures. We’re proud of their hard work and can’t wait to see results!

2 days ago

They thought they finished the big exam, but our JHS 3 students are in test-taking mode again. After news came out that the West African Examination Council leaked exam questions to students who could pay, the Basic Education Certificate Exams need to be retaken! We see this as hugely unfair to our students and others throughout Ghana, and we’re calling for WAEC staff involved to resign.

3 days ago

Dear Friends, Unfortunately, we recently found out that one of our beneficiaries has been telling stories to multiple overseas supporters claiming they need money for school expenses which have already been paid for by Challenging Heights. We really don’t want our supporters to be misled in this way, so would like you to be alert to any social media communications asking for money – please let us know if this has happened to you in the past, and we will speak to the person concerned and ensure this does not happen again. Where beneficiaries are claiming financial need, we will investigate and ensure that they have the appropriate support from Challenging Heights. We would like to take this opportunity to appeal to our supporters not to give directly to our beneficiaries, but instead give through Friends of Challenging Heights, so that we can ensure the money is pooled for the benefit of all of our children, and that those most in need are the ones who receive most help. We don’t have..

3 days ago

It’s Friday! That means Challenging Heights School students have the afternoon for some Physical Eduaction, football and games. Teachers oversee play as students get out their energy. It can get a bit wacky, but it’s always lots of fun!

6 days ago

We’re growing and strengthening! Rose, our Partners in Development Officer, regularly provides induction and orientation to new staff in English and Fante, focusing specifically on our child protection policies.

1 week ago

Before ladies from our Livelihoods Programme get to smoking fish for their living, they got to work, mixing clay from termite mounds and making bricks for the smoking ovens. It’s a big job, but they’re having fun with it! Check out all the dirty details in this week’s blog.

1 week ago

“We understand that to help the children we must help their families too.” On behalf of Family for Every Child and Challenging Heights, James Kofi Annan addresses the European Parliament today, for International Day of the African Youth and Child (IDAY). He says, empowering entire families is necessary for young girls and boys across the continent to become active players in Africa’s development.

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Sign the pledge. Join us and Walk Free in the fight against child trafficking in Ghana.

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