Challenging Heights protects children from slavery in the fishing industry on Lake Volta. We are tackling the issue of child trafficking and modern slavery in Ghana head on, with multiple rescues each year, a standard-bearing rehabilitation centre, ongoing support and advice after reintegration, and community engagement and empowerment through trainings.
We undertake investigative rescues as one way of protecting children affected by modern slavery. We conduct a number of rescue missions each year, rescuing dozens of children. Through tips from community members, we identify and remove children working in the fishing industry on Lake Volta and bring them to our rehabilitation shelter.
Through the support of the Hovde Foundation, we built a rehabilitation centre that offers continuous survivor rehabilitation and recovery support. Our 65-capacity shelter provides physical and emotional care; basic literacy, numeracy and ICT training; vocational training as appropriate; medical treatment; nutrition and security for rescued children. Children live at the shelter for an average of six to nine months as the first step in their recovery process and while they are there our reintegration team locates and assesses their family. Periodic assessments of the children are conducted to ascertain their development and readiness for reintegration.
Reintegration and Monitoring
Every rescued child and their family are provided with comprehensive support throughout the reintegration process. We strive to meet the Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration put forth by Family for Every Child, by working with families before and after rescues. We facilitate access to healthcare and education services for the children and provide livelihoods support to the families to ensure a secure and stable home life. In the event that rescued children are not able to be supported by their own immediate family, we provide ongoing care and welfare to ensure their continued education. We engage with the community where the child is being reintegrated to ensure safety and awareness.