We aim to reduce and prevent child trafficking and protect children’s rights in Ghana. This happens through our three core programmes:
Rescue & Recovery
We rescue children in forced labour and offer a holistic programme of rehabilitation and reintegration. With support from the Hovde Foundation, we built the Challenging Heights Hovde House, a rehabilitation centre, that provides continuous survivor care. Also, we work with communities to help survivors and other children to live in freedom. As part of this, we train Community Child Protection Committees in child protection.
We have identified a number of the root causes for child trafficking in the source communities where we work and are addressing them through community engagement through a variety of programmes. The key root causes that we’ve identified are poverty, naivety, and family separation. Through economic empowerment programmes for women and youth we are addressing poverty. We’re tackling naivety through community sensitisation and awareness campaigns. Our presence in the community through Community Child Protection Committees and Alternative Dispute Resolution gives people a chance to address family disputes and prevent trafficking.
We are vocal advocates of human rights and engage with governments, civil society organisations, media and other stakeholders to protect them. A participatory and integrated approach to decision making is important to us when it comes to children’s needs. Assessing the impact of social and economic policies on women and children at the local, national and international level is central to this. We campaign for children’s rights and seek to promote the prosecution of traffickers.