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.

Happy Monday! This was a big weekend for us. Friday, our shelter said farewell to 17 children who were reintegrated with their families (more on that later this week), and Sunday, Mercy Project staff arrived at Challenging Heights’ Rehabilitation Shelter with 12 children they rescued from forced labour. Our care staff will work with the children so they, too, can be reintegrated with their families in a few months.

20 hours ago

Tears of joy and sadness as 17 children set off to be reunited with their families, leaving behinds friends at our rehabilitation shelter.

3 days ago

Families are preparing to welcome their rescued children home this week! Our Field Team held a forum for parents and care givers so they know what to expect from their kids who had been working in forced labour on Lake Volta. Chiildren will leave our Hovde House rehabilitation shelter tomorrow morning and they’ll be reintegrated into their families and communities. We’ve caught the children up in school and they’ve received counseling for trauma they suffered while working, but it’s important for their parents to know how they may come home a little different than before they left. The Field Team also learned that some families need financial help to start businesses, to provide for their children and prevent re-trafficking. We’ll have details about the children’s reintegration in the coming days..!

4 days ago

Happy Earth Day! This past weekend, nearly 50 students graduated from Challenging Heights’ Youth Empowerment Programme. These 15-25 year olds are moving on to bigger and better things to improve the world around them. Check out our newest blog post to see what they’ve learned:

5 days ago

Such dedication! While the rest of Challenging Heights School is out for April Break, the JS3 students are hard at work preparing for their Basic Education Certificate (BEC) in June. It’s the big exam these 16-18 year olds need to pass in order to graduate and move on to senior high school. Cram time!

6 days ago

Looking to make an impact and broaden your global perspective? Challenging Heights internships provide a unique window to slavery in Ghana’s fishing industry. Learn how you can join us:

1 week ago

Tonight’s the night! If you’re in the Philly area, be sure to head to the Penn Museum to see our president, James Kofi Annan, Winner of the World’s Children’s Prize. He joins other inspirational speakers at An Evening with the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation Leaders.

1 week ago

Instead of caning or other violent punishment/discipline, Challenging Heights School has a Code of Conduct and rewards students for good behaviour. Just before April break, the best of the best collected prizes from Senior James and other staff. Check out our newest blog for all the details:

1 week ago

CH Community Librarians, Madam Safowaa and Sir Archibald, are live on Radio Peace right now! They’re discussing the 1 year anniversary of the Hand In Hand For Literacy library, and letting local radio listeners know about May 15th celebratory event.

1 week ago

Today is the 1st Anniversary of the Challenging Heights Community Library! To mark the occasion, one of our librarians, Madam Safowaa, took to the streets of Winneba with a loud speaker (video). She reminded folks that after school hours and Saturday mornings, it’s free and open to the public! A big thank you to Hand In Hand For Literacy for getting us started one year ago!

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