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Stories and updates from the Challenging Heights team, partners, and supporters.

Challenging Heights Rescues 42 More Children From Slavery
Challenging Heights Rescues 42 More Children From Slavery
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / DECEMBER 10, 2018 Go Back Challenging Heights Rescues 42 More Children From Slavery December 10,...

In Support of #FootballPeople Action Weeks
In Support of #FootballPeople Action Weeks
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / OCTOBER 15, 2018 Go Back In Support of #FootballPeople Action Weeks October 15, 2018 I have to admit,...

Challenging Heights Hovde House Family Visit
Challenging Heights Hovde House Family Visit
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / AUGUST 7, 2018 Its Family Time! The family visit day is one of the key events on the Challenging...

We Value Education
We Value Education
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / JULY 31, 2018 In a country where 1.9 million children 5 to 17 years of age are engaged in some form of...

It Takes a Village: Fighting Child Trafficking With Football
It Takes a Village: Fighting Child Trafficking With Football
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / JULY 5, 2018 Trafficking impacts children and their families on the individual level, but here in...

The difficult search and rescue of Kwame*
The difficult search and rescue of Kwame*
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / DECEMBER 8, 2017 It was early evening when the Rescue Team stepped off the bus in Yeji. They had...

The Challenging Heights Hovde House is expanding
The Challenging Heights Hovde House is expanding
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / NOVEMBER 13, 2017 So far in 2017, we have cared for 128 children at the Challenging Heights Hovde...

After 4 years in slavery, “There’s hope.”
After 4 years in slavery, “There’s hope.”
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 Growing up, Kojo* was a typical Ghanaian child. He is the second oldest of six...

Challenging Heights rescues 15 children from slavery
Challenging Heights rescues 15 children from slavery
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 Challenging Heights, in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Navy,...

Challenging Heights Campaigns Against Violence in Schools
Challenging Heights Campaigns Against Violence in Schools
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / AUGUST 29, 2017 Challenging Heights is campaigning against violence against children in school with...

Challenging Heights Marks Blue Day in Senya Bereku
Challenging Heights Marks Blue Day in Senya Bereku
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / AUGUST 11, 2017 Challenging Heights, along with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social...

“Our mission: to learn about children’s rights”
“Our mission: to learn about children’s rights”
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / JULY 25, 2017 Last week, a group of students at Friends International Academy joined us for the Child...

With an unexpected reprieve, Challenging Heights calls for greater cooperation
With an unexpected reprieve, Challenging Heights calls for greater cooperation
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / JUNE 28, 2017 Challenging Heights is pleased to note that Ghana has maintained, against all odds, Tier...

Children visit home to prepare for reintegration
Children visit home to prepare for reintegration
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / JUNE 21, 2017 It's a relatively routine morning in Joma, a small town along the coast of Ghana....

Spreading anti-corporal punishment philosophy among teachers
Spreading anti-corporal punishment philosophy among teachers
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / MAY 24, 2017 We know that changing cultural norms is no easy task. While more than three-fourths of...

Challenging Heights releases 2016 Annual Report
Challenging Heights releases 2016 Annual Report
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / APRIL 19, 2017 Last year was an important year for us at Challenging Heights. We took a hard look at...

Ghana’s government joins effort to end trafficking in 5 years
Ghana’s government joins effort to end trafficking in 5 years
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / APRIL 12, 2017 We at Challenging Heights spent much of last year assessing the state of trafficking in...

Challenging Heights rescues 17 more children from Lake Volta
Challenging Heights rescues 17 more children from Lake Volta
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / APRIL 10, 2017 Challenging Heights, in partnership with Abolish Slavery Now, an Abolitionist...

Positive behaviour recognition supports children’s recovery
Positive behaviour recognition supports children’s recovery
BY CHALLENGING HEIGHTS / MARCH 15, 2017 After we conduct a rescue and the children are brought to the Challenging Heights Hovde...

Apprenticeships upon reintegration pave the way for a new life
Apprenticeships upon reintegration pave the way for a new life
The majority of the children working on Lake Volta are 10 years old or younger, and this is reflected in the demographics of...

Youth Empowerment Programme graduate expands business
Youth Empowerment Programme graduate expands business
Perpetual Bondzie, 25, was working as a seamstress our of her house. However, her business was small because it was difficult...

Academic success for a survivor of slavery
Academic success for a survivor of slavery
Three years ago Kofi*, then 13, had completed his time at the Challenging Heights Hovde House. He was ready to go home and...

30 children reintegrated with families after surviving slavery
30 children reintegrated with families after surviving slavery
Last month, Challenging Heights and their partner Mercy Project reintegrated 30 children with their families after they...

Access to education decreases risk of re-trafficking
Access to education decreases risk of re-trafficking
At Challenging Heights, we believe in and support the protection of children’s rights, particularly their right to an...

Challenging Heights set to end child trafficking in 5 years
Challenging Heights set to end child trafficking in 5 years
We at Challenging Heights have reached a crucial point in our history. For the past 12 years we have spread our efforts among a...

Child trafficking can lead to child marriage our research finds
Child trafficking can lead to child marriage our research finds
Throughout the years that we’ve been rescuing and rehabilitating survivors of modern slavery on Lake Volta, we’ve...

A free and happy Christmas for more than 50 survivors of slavery
A free and happy Christmas for more than 50 survivors of slavery
There was a buzz in the air all week. Classes had been closed for a few days and the children had set about to learn a new...

18 children rescued from forced labour on Lake Volta
18 children rescued from forced labour on Lake Volta
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but the soft haze of Harmattan had settled above the waters of Lake Volta. Water levels...

Microgrants support families of reintegrated children
Microgrants support families of reintegrated children
Once we have rescued children from Lake Volta and they are recovering at our Hovde House shelter, our reintegration team works...

James Kofi Annan addresses U.N. to mark #EndSlavery day
James Kofi Annan addresses U.N. to mark #EndSlavery day
Each year, December 2 marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. This year, James Kofi Annan, the president and...

Workshop for practitioners on Guidelines for Children’s Reintegration
Workshop for practitioners on Guidelines for Children’s Reintegration
Earlier this year, Family for Every Child released the Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration, which...

Challenging Heights is AGI’s Social Enterprise of the Year
Challenging Heights is AGI’s Social Enterprise of the Year
Challenging Heights has received the Best Social Enterprise award at the 5th edition of the Association of Ghana Industry...

From modern slavery to second chief mechanic apprentice
From modern slavery to second chief mechanic apprentice
Kwame props the hood of the taxi up and bends at the waist to reach into the engine. He fiddles with the wrench loosening parts...

Students from Castle View High School spruce up shelter
Students from Castle View High School spruce up shelter
Earlier this year, the students of Castle View High School in Castle View, Colorado choose Challenging Heights as the recipient...

Now a seamstress apprentice, Ruth has hope for her future
Now a seamstress apprentice, Ruth has hope for her future
Years as a domestic servant for fishermen on Lake Volta, Ruth knew cooking and washing. She would take boat trips into Yeji...

Challenging Heights shares Children’s Reintegration Guidelines in Ghana
Challenging Heights shares Children’s Reintegration Guidelines in Ghana
As a part of the launch of the Children’s Reintegration Guidelines from Family for Every Child, Challenging Heights...

Supporting safe schools through anti-corporal punishment training
Supporting safe schools through anti-corporal punishment training
Challenging Heights School is now Friends International Academy! We are building on our success and responding to the...

Reintegration day is full of emotions, including satisfaction
Reintegration day is full of emotions, including satisfaction
Upon entering the gates to the Challenging Heights Hovde House, you could tell that today was not a normal day. It was class...

Children in Senya empowered to take action in their community
Children in Senya empowered to take action in their community
For the past several weeks, our Partners in Development Officer, Rosemary, has been out in the field in Senya. Multiple times a...

Harvest season is bountiful for seed microloan recipients
Harvest season is bountiful for seed microloan recipients
This growing season hasn’t been an easy one. The rains came rather late and were very sporadic. The maize crops have been...

In-kind microloan beneficiary praises the programme
In-kind microloan beneficiary praises the programme
Rose Attah sat among the small group of women gathered in the meeting hall, surrounded by large bags filled with charcoal,...

Community Child Protection Committee comes to Immuna
Community Child Protection Committee comes to Immuna
As the rate of trafficking has declined in Winneba, Challenging Heights has begun to expand into other communities along the...

40,000 pairs of shoes distributed to children in need
40,000 pairs of shoes distributed to children in need
For the past few weeks, our field team has been visiting schools around Winneba and the Central Region to distribute 40,000...

NGO supports police to rescue five children from slavery
NGO supports police to rescue five children from slavery
Five child slaves in Fantekope, an island community along the Lake Volta in the Kpando District have been rescued from...

Hand in Hand for Literacy Library hosts workshop for area teachers
Hand in Hand for Literacy Library hosts workshop for area teachers
A library is an important part of any community that values education. But in a place that has low literacy rates and no...

Challenging Heights attends UNICEF workshop about corporal punishment
Challenging Heights attends UNICEF workshop about corporal punishment
Last week was a major step forward for our Advocacy Officer, Akua Duah, and her anti-corporal punishment campaign. She, along...

Challenging Heights calls for government action to address human trafficking
Challenging Heights calls for government action to address human trafficking
Challenging Heights has stated that it is disappointed in the Government for still failing to address the issue of Human...

Sixteen children rescued from forced labour on Lake Volta
Sixteen children rescued from forced labour on Lake Volta
After months of research and preparations, our Rescue Team spent the last two weeks on Lake Volta locating and rescuing sixteen...

CH Cold Store marks major success on first day
CH Cold Store marks major success on first day
After nine seemingly never-ending months, the CH Cold Store has opened for business and is supplying the women of Winneba with...

After five attempts, Kodjo agreed to a rescue
After five attempts, Kodjo agreed to a rescue
He’d heard of Challenging Heights and the work they did to take children working on Lake Volta away from their labour,...

Success in school after years on Lake Volta
Success in school after years on Lake Volta
Having never been to school before, Challenging Heights field officers call 11-year-old Kwame the role model to his family....

Reintegrating and reuniting 10 survivors of child slavery
Reintegrating and reuniting 10 survivors of child slavery
It was an emotional morning, with expressions ranging from ear-to-ear grins to tears of joy to nervous jitters to a sense of...

Child Development Khazanas come to Swedru schools
Child Development Khazanas come to Swedru schools
In a partnership with Butterflies India, last week we signed up 80 students to participate in Child Development Khazanas (CDKs)...

New Community Child Protection Committee formed in Manford
New Community Child Protection Committee formed in Manford
One of the most important parts of our work with identifying children who are at risk or have been trafficked is our...

Challenging Heights encourages media to cover social protection issues
Challenging Heights encourages media to cover social protection issues
We here at Challenging Heights are extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish. From rescuing slaves from Lake...

Professional development training at shelter yields results
Professional development training at shelter yields results
In order to provide the best care we can to the rescued children in our shelter, our staff continually undergoes professional...

Reintegrated children prepare for their first school vacation
Reintegrated children prepare for their first school vacation
Rescuing children from slavery on Lake Volta is only the first step in a long, and sometimes difficult, journey to recovery....

Local fish mongers step up to help at Challenging Heights’ fish smoking site
Local fish mongers step up to help at Challenging Heights’ fish smoking site
It’s a service Challenging Heights envisions as a hub for activity, commerce and progress in the Penkye community on...

YEP Graduate runs his own printing shop
YEP Graduate runs his own printing shop
With a line out the front door and people sitting on every seat available, Konastone apologises to his clients and asks for a...

High hopes for high fashion instead of fishing on Lake Volta
High hopes for high fashion instead of fishing on Lake Volta
Sitting behind a sewing machine in the noisy tailor shop at Nkwantanan, in the middle of the four access roads in Winneba,...

CHS students compete in Winneba’s Inter-school Games
CHS students compete in Winneba’s Inter-school Games
Each school year in the middle of the second term, schools from across Winneba come together in friendly competition. Twelve...

CH Development Partners work to help stop child trafficking in Ghana
CH Development Partners work to help stop child trafficking in Ghana
An overwhelming number of children in Accra Town, an island community close toYeji in the Brong-Ahafo Region are not enrolled...

Without water in Winneba
Without water in Winneba
For nearly two months, water did not flow from the city lines throughout the town of Winneba. Turning on a faucet and ...

Rescued children learn life skills for personal health, safety and self-control
Rescued children learn life skills for personal health, safety and self-control
As we rehabilitate children rescued from slave labour on Lake Volta, staff at our Hovde House shelter continuously works on...

Financial management training helps beneficiaries plan for their businesses
Financial management training helps beneficiaries plan for their businesses
In search of better jobs and more secure income, hundreds of women and a few men join our Challenging Heights Women Economic...

Safety and hope for a bright future make Hovde House “home” after a rescue
Safety and hope for a bright future make Hovde House “home” after a rescue
Fifteen year-old Ema enjoys reading in the shelter’s library. year-old Ema spent six years fishing as a child slave on...

Soap making adds extra skills for beneficiaries’ earning potential
Soap making adds extra skills for beneficiaries’ earning potential
In a boisterous training session under a canopy set up next to the Challenging Heights office in Sankor, more than seventy...

Child Protection Trainings help staff and communities better care for children
Child Protection Trainings help staff and communities better care for children
Caning an entire school class when they continuously show up late. A seventeen year-old dating a nineteen year-old. A...

Child Rights Conference makes necessary waves with local leaders
Child Rights Conference makes necessary waves with local leaders
Nearly 500 children from 19 different schools in the Senya Beraku area gathered at the Senya Methodist Church on 29 January...

Hundreds of children call on local Assembly to protect their Child Rights
Hundreds of children call on local Assembly to protect their Child Rights
For Immediate Release – Challenging Heights in partnership with the Canadian High Commission today supported...

Behind the Scenes at Challenging Heights: HR strengthens organisation
Behind the Scenes at Challenging Heights: HR strengthens organisation
After managing a family-owned rental real estate company, Araba Korsah left her hometown of Cape Coast for Winneba, to...

Art Therapy Offers Avenue for Self-Expression for Rescued Children
Art Therapy Offers Avenue for Self-Expression for Rescued Children
A palm-sized canoe with seats and a fishing line leading to a fish almost the size of the boat was crafted carefully out...

“Voluntary Returns” to our Rehabilitation Shelter
“Voluntary Returns” to our Rehabilitation Shelter
While most of the children who arrive at our Hovde House Rehabilitation Shelter are rescued by our field team from villages on...

Challenging Heights position on the National Plan of Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Ghana
Challenging Heights position on the National Plan of Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Ghana
For Immediate Release – The Overall goal of the NPA is stated as: “The main objective of this National...

Rescued Story: From a life of work, afraid of drowning, to a hopeful future in school
Rescued Story: From a life of work, afraid of drowning, to a hopeful future in school
Having seen another boy drown while diving into the lake to untangle a net caught on a tree underwater, Kow was very frightened...

Recap of a Rescue, 40+ Children Saved from Modern Slavery in 2015
Recap of a Rescue, 40+ Children Saved from Modern Slavery in 2015
In the week traversing Lake Volta in October 2015, the Challenging Heights Field Operations Team rescued 24 children from...

Christmas at Challenging Heights School
Christmas at Challenging Heights School
As part of an annual tradition, students at Challenging Heights School prepare entertainment to celebrate the end of the year...

Advocacy and training put to use to stop child trafficking
Advocacy and training put to use to stop child trafficking
This fall, a bus full of children was stopped by police; the driver was questioned; all children were questioned, and they were...

Parents visit newly rescued children at the Challenging Heights rehabilitation shelter
Parents visit newly rescued children at the Challenging Heights rehabilitation shelter
Sometimes it’s been years since a mother or father has seen their child, who’d been sent to northern regions to...

Library recitation competition inspires reading and learning
Library recitation competition inspires reading and learning
The best English speakers from five different schools pitted against each other for an intense recitation competition. The...

Rescue: Traffickers are summoned and pay restitution
Rescue: Traffickers are summoned and pay restitution
At the time of rescue, traffickers and families who are said to be misusing children and forcing them to work on Lake Volta are...

Challenging Heights Rescues 24 Trafficked Children trapped in Hazardous Labour
Challenging Heights Rescues 24 Trafficked Children trapped in Hazardous Labour
Challenging Heights has just rescued another 24 children trapped in child trafficking in fishing on Lake Volta. This...

Senya community learns the realities of child trafficking
Senya community learns the realities of child trafficking
Gasps and groans erupt from a crowd of hundreds gathered at the Methodist Church in Senya, which is nearly an hour drive from...

Children enjoy reading and learning at CHS Hand in Hand for Literacy Community Library
Children enjoy reading and learning at CHS Hand in Hand for Literacy Community Library
“All these little faces are smiling, reading, and enjoying books.” For about the first ten minutes of stepping...

Rescue: A day on Lake Volta; 2 more boys will go to school
Rescue: A day on Lake Volta; 2 more boys will go to school
The first day the field team was set to ship out in the Jeff Kashden Express in search of children trapped in hazardous slave...

Hovde House staff use new therapies to ease rescued children’s PTSD
Hovde House staff use new therapies to ease rescued children’s PTSD
When children arrive at the Hovde House Rehabilitation Shelter, they come from a life of slave labour on Lake Volta. Sometimes,...

Public transport drivers learn how to watch out for child trafficking
Public transport drivers learn how to watch out for child trafficking
“There is so much I want to share with everyone back at the [station],” said Kweku, a transportation union leader...

Challenging Heights School votes for its first student government
Challenging Heights School votes for its first student government
“Mr. Chairman!” is how each student began their manifesto, explaining why they are the best candidate for the role...

Violence Against Children Endangers Development in Ghana
Violence Against Children Endangers Development in Ghana
Press Release: 2nd October 2015 As we commemorate the International Day for Non-Violence, Challenging Heights is calling on...

Behind the Scenes of Challenging Heights: from Intern to ICT teacher to Grants Officer
Behind the Scenes of Challenging Heights: from Intern to ICT teacher to Grants Officer
“I never knew that volunteering could be a good way to get experience that will then get you a job.” Jonathan...

CHS students vote for the World Children’s Prize
CHS students vote for the World Children’s Prize
Advocating and education about children’s rights, making children aware of some hazardous child labour in other parts of...

Continuous vigilance needed to prevent child trafficking
Continuous vigilance needed to prevent child trafficking
Today, 20th September 2015, through Senya Police Service and Challenging Heights collaboration 5 children were potentially...

CHS student advocates against child labour after his own time enslaved on Lake Volta
CHS student advocates against child labour after his own time enslaved on Lake Volta
He wants to be a soldier and eventually launch a career in computer engineering. These goals of success and stability...

Rescued children say hello to their families, goodbye to their friends, for now
Rescued children say hello to their families, goodbye to their friends, for now
A busload of anxious children rides through Swedru, Winneba, and Senya. More than thirty child slaves completed an intensive...

Challenging Heights Calls on the Education Minister to Release Capitation Grants Immediately
Challenging Heights Calls on the Education Minister to Release Capitation Grants Immediately
Challenging Heights condemns the current trend of delay and irregularity in the release of capitation grants to public schools...

Behind the Scenes at Challenging Heights School
Behind the Scenes at Challenging Heights School
School uniforms and classroom desks, cabinets and chairs, are sewn and built on site at Challenging Heights School. As...

CHS teachers train as “Agents of Change,” while students are on vacation
CHS teachers train as “Agents of Change,” while students are on vacation
While school is out for August vacation, Challenging Heights School teachers gathered in the community library for a training...

URGENT: Police Action Needed to Save Ghana’s Children from Trafficking
URGENT: Police Action Needed to Save Ghana’s Children from Trafficking
Challenging Heights is happy to acknowledge that the Motor Transport and Traffic Directive (MTTD) of Ghana Police Service in...

Taxis and Tro tros help us “Turn Back Human Trafficking”
Taxis and Tro tros help us “Turn Back Human Trafficking”
After a press conference with Ghana Police which launched the “Turn Back Human Trafficking” campaign, the...

Best behaved students rewarded with a trip to West Hills Mall
Best behaved students rewarded with a trip to West Hills Mall
Bright-eyed, but quiet and nervous, twenty-two students from Challenging Heights School split up into groups of four and...

Police must ensure a school vacation free of child trafficking
Police must ensure a school vacation free of child trafficking
Challenging Heights calls on Ghana Police to deliver on their commitment to stop children being trafficked across Ghana, with...

Rescued children get an introduction to the open skies and Ghanaian history
Rescued children get an introduction to the open skies and Ghanaian history
All 55 children currently being cared for at the Challenging Heights Hovde House were taken on a day-long excursion to their...

Behind the Scenes at Challenging Heights: Money Talks
Behind the Scenes at Challenging Heights: Money Talks
“We are the money watchmen! The ‘money security act.’” Gilbert Oduroh says he and his colleague,...

Transforming rescued children at the Challenging Heights Hovde House
Transforming rescued children at the Challenging Heights Hovde House
“It’s a great feeling ‘cause you get the chance to transform someone who has never been to school before, and...

Rescued children visit apprenticeship opportunities
Rescued children visit apprenticeship opportunities
Hair dresser, tailor, concrete designer, auto mechanic, welder, carpenter and more. The oldest rescued children being...

A traditional naming ceremony
A traditional naming ceremony
As the Challenging Heights Community Stakeholder’s Manager, Mr. Mensah settles disputes between families quarrelling...

Ghana Minister commits to expand LEAP benefits after our research finds room for improvement
Ghana Minister commits to expand LEAP benefits after our research finds room for improvement
“I hope that my appeal will be granted so that together we can create a country safe for all children while enabling all...

Research identifies important ways that benefits of LEAP can be improved
Research identifies important ways that benefits of LEAP can be improved
Research results launched in Ghana today have highlighted how the Government’s Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty...

Building Livelihoods from the Ground Up; Beneficiaries Pound Bricks Before Smoking Fish
Building Livelihoods from the Ground Up; Beneficiaries Pound Bricks Before Smoking Fish
Before heating the coals and smoking fish to sell at market, participants of the Challenging Heights Livelihoods Programme...

WAEC Boss Must Resign Immediately For Failing The Children Of Ghana
WAEC Boss Must Resign Immediately For Failing The Children Of Ghana
Challenging Heights strongly asserts that the leaks in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) are due to...

JHS students visit Ghana’s Parliament; some see Accra for the first time
JHS students visit Ghana’s Parliament; some see Accra for the first time
Between class-work, exam prep and studying, 20 of Challenging Heights School’s oldest students, JHS 2 and 3, got to...

Day of the African Child aims can only be achieved through full implementation of the National Plan of Action by the Government of Ghana
Day of the African Child aims can only be achieved through full implementation of the National Plan of Action by the Government of Ghana
Challenging Heights believes that the Government of Ghana is neglecting its 9 million children by failing to fully implement...

Shelter staff makes the Hovde House feel like home for rescued children
Shelter staff makes the Hovde House feel like home for rescued children
Shelter staff makes the Hovde House feel like home for rescued children “One of the kids here calls me as his elder...

Challenging Heights welcomes commitment by Ghana Police to properly screen vehicles for trafficked children
Challenging Heights welcomes commitment by Ghana Police to properly screen vehicles for trafficked children
As Ghana Police Service launch the TURN BACK Human Trafficking strategy today, Challenging Heights is calling on...

How We Make Sure Rescued Children Get In School and Stay in School
How We Make Sure Rescued Children Get In School and Stay in School
Along with preparing the children rescued from hazardous labour on Lake Volta to go back to their families and communities,...

Community Disputes are solved by Our “Respected Elder”
Community Disputes are solved by Our “Respected Elder”
If a child reports neglect on the part of his own parents, or a parent needs support getting their spouse to help to care for...

GES Must Respond To WASSCE Anomalies Before the Future of Ghana’s Children is Destroyed
GES Must Respond To WASSCE Anomalies Before the Future of Ghana’s Children is Destroyed
PRESS RELEASE 18-5-2015 Ghana Education Service must respond to the violent and unnecessary discipline administered during...

Caring community members watch out for child trafficking
Caring community members watch out for child trafficking
“We have devoted ourself to do this work, so that our children’s future will be better.” Rev. Isaac Odoom...

Creating a promising life with soap suds
Creating a promising life with soap suds
Just one week after learning how to make liquid soap through the Challenging Heights Livelihoods, Women’s Empowerment...

Winneba Celebrates the 2015 Aboakyir Festival
Winneba Celebrates the 2015 Aboakyir Festival
Much excitement filled the streets of Winneba during the first weekend in May. The annual Aboakyir Festival brought...

 17 Rescued Children are Reintegrated with their Families
17 Rescued Children are Reintegrated with their Families
Friday morning, the Challenging Heights bus rolled out of the Hovde House with 17 children and the Challenging Heights Field...

Youth Empowerment Programme Graduates Eager Entrepreneurs
Youth Empowerment Programme Graduates Eager Entrepreneurs
“In your own one corner, you can start something that in the near future will guarantee something...

“Roll of Honour” encourages good behaviour without corporal punishment
“Roll of Honour” encourages good behaviour without corporal punishment
Challenging Heights School rewarded its best behaved students with prize packs with storybooks, stuffed animals, pens, pencils...

Diary of a Rescue
Diary of a Rescue
The Challenging Heights team successfully completed another rescue trip to Lake Volta, bringing back eighteen children...

The Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Was Not the Abolition of Slavery.
The Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Was Not the Abolition of Slavery.
Today we remember the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the victims of this injustice, and those who fought to end...

CCPC Member Becomes Influential In His Community
CCPC Member Becomes Influential In His Community
Packed into a car in the middle of the night, 25 confused and scared children were unknowingly being sent to Yeji to work on...

Seeing the Positive Effects of Radio Advocacy in Our Community
Seeing the Positive Effects of Radio Advocacy in Our Community
As our radio programme, aimed at local, Ghanaian, audience, continues we have been excited to see the impacts it has made over...

Changing Lives of Women and Youth in Our Community
Changing Lives of Women and Youth in Our Community
This year we have been excited to continue moving forward with our various livelihoods programmes! More women and youth have...

The World Needs to Stop Discriminating Between Boys and Girls
The World Needs to Stop Discriminating Between Boys and Girls
16 year old, Georgina, is a powerhouse student at Challenging Heights School. Georgina is currently in JHS 3 and in her seventh...

10th Anniversary Celebration of Challenging Heights Speech Delivered
10th Anniversary Celebration of Challenging Heights Speech Delivered
“The Chairperson, Nenyi Ghartey VI, Honorable Alex Afenyo-Markin (MP for Effutu), Reverend Professor Afful Broni (Pro...

The Evidence of Slavery in Ghana is Undeniable
The Evidence of Slavery in Ghana is Undeniable
The evidence of Slavery in Ghana is undeniable Another 17 children have been rescued from hazardous forced labour on Lake Volta...

The evidence of Slavery in Ghana is undeniable
The evidence of Slavery in Ghana is undeniable
Another 17 children have been rescued from hazardous forced labour on Lake Volta by Challenging Heights. The Ghanaian NGO...

Challenging Heights Students Find Passions and Talents in After School Clubs
Challenging Heights Students Find Passions and Talents in After School Clubs
Challenging Heights School (CHS) students are staying busy as many participate in various CHS after school programmes. At...

Get Involved This Anti-Trafficking Month
Get Involved This Anti-Trafficking Month
All over the world women, children and men are trafficked into modern slavery. In Ghana, over 190,000 people are estimated to...

Children Becoming Freedom Fighters
Children Becoming Freedom Fighters
Our latest rescue that occurred at the end of December, through direct rescue, investigations and follow-ups have resulted in...

Celebrating 2014 and Welcoming 2015
Celebrating 2014 and Welcoming 2015
As we all entered the New Year full of excitement and ready to take on the coming year, all of Challenging Heights staff, over...

Rescued Story: From a life of work, afraid of drowning, to a hopeful future in school
Rescued Story: From a life of work, afraid of drowning, to a hopeful future in school
Having seen another boy drown while diving into the lake to untangle a net caught on a tree underwater, Kow was very frightened...

Youth Empowerment Project Graduate Dreams Big
Youth Empowerment Project Graduate Dreams Big
Henry, a recent graduate from CH’s ICT class, is known for his enthusiasm in the classroom and inquisitive nature....

Holiday Travels
Holiday Travels
At the beginning of this month I had the opportunity to travel, first to the Vatican and then to the United States. On...

Receiving an Honorary Degree by Grand Valley State University
Receiving an Honorary Degree by Grand Valley State University
Over 11,000 people filled the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan to watch over 1,000 individuals receive their degree, I...

 Reflecting on 2014…Thank You for Your Support
Reflecting on 2014…Thank You for Your Support
This year has been an exceptional year as we continue to promote youth and...

Challenging Heights Spotlight…one young man who does it all
Challenging Heights Spotlight…one young man who does it all
Emmanuel, or more commonly known as Ema, is a scholar, leader, singer and friend. He is 16-years-old with a bright future ahead...

Radio Programme has the Potential to Reach Thousands of People
Radio Programme has the Potential to Reach Thousands of People
“Mbofra Banbo” meaning Child Protection is our new radio programme that is being broadcasted to local communities...

The 2014 Global Slavery Index report matters to you
The 2014 Global Slavery Index report matters to you
The 2014 Global Slavery Index report has just been released and there are several reasons why you need to read...

How shoes are bringing joy to students in our community
How shoes are bringing joy to students in our community
The Challenging Heights bus pulls up to the school filled with boxes of new TOMS shoes and children all look out...

Women’s Economic Empowerment Reduces Poverty and Improves Family Care
Women’s Economic Empowerment Reduces Poverty and Improves Family Care
Unequal opportunities between men and women exist in every country. At Challenging Heights we not only see how this plays out...

21 trafficked children rescued from hazardous forced labour on Lake Volta by Challenging Heights
21 trafficked children rescued from hazardous forced labour on Lake Volta by Challenging Heights
A rescue mission funded by the Hovde Foundation has enabled Challenging Heights to save 21 trafficked children from...

Convention on the Rights of the Child
Convention on the Rights of the Child
It will soon mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the...