Over the past several months, Challenging Heights has made some amazing advancements in the field through empowering communities. In this quarter alone, Challenging Heights rescued 22 children from the Volta Region, rehabilitated and re-integrated 30 children back into their schools and communities, provided 15 families with microloans to start or expand their small businesses, and continued to engage leaders in 13 communities in and around the towns of Winneba, Senya, and Mumford to educate them to combat child trafficking on their own terms.
One way in which your donations have helped to educate and empower community leaders to fight child trafficking is by supporting the Child Community Protection Committees, or CCPCs. These committees consist of community-chosen members who monitor the children in their communities and educate families about the risks of trafficking. The CCPCs have illustrated great success in protecting children in the various communities in which Challenging Heights works. For example, due to CCPC training, several committee members were able to recognize suspicious trafficking behavior and prevent a bus containing 25 would-be child slaves from travelling from their community in Senya to the Volta region where they would have been forced to engage in backbreaking child labor.
Without your help, we would not be able to make such a significant impact on these various communities and in the individual lives of the children who now have access to a brighter future. By empowering a community to fight against child trafficking, you have helped prevent countless children in Ghana from engaging in the worst forms of child labor. For your generosity, all of us at Challenging Heights are incredibly thankful.
As the holiday season approaches, we at Challenging Heights would like to take the time to thank you, our generous donors, for all of the support that you have provided us over the past year. Due to your contributions, we were able to supply the many students of Challenging Heights School with books, classrooms, club funding, cooking supplies, lunch money, and countless other benefits. These many projects have made a significant difference in the lives of our students, allowing them to take charge of their own futures and work their way to a better tomorrow. For this reason, the students of Challenging Heights would like to send you a special message to thank you for providing them with the support to receive an education and build for themselves a better future.
To hear their video message, click on the link below.
Challenging Heights has been undergoing some great new changes! As many of you know, one of our biggest changes has been in the Child Sponsorship Program where we made the switch from individual sponsorship to a human rights based approach, focused on recipient participation, equality, and empowerment. With your generous donations, we are able to utilize a more equitable and sustainable use of sponsorship funds, allowing more of the students at Challenging Heights School to benefit! Here are a few of the successful projects that have been implemented under the new system.
New Textbooks for Students
While students previously only had access to textbooks when in school, thanks to your generous donations, over 250 of our students grades three through six can now have their own textbooks to take home and use for individual study. Rather than having to copy entire sections of text by hand, these students can have access to their text at any time. By providing these additional resources to our students, more time can be devoted to active learning in the classroom allowing more freedom for personal study at home! Allowing for this consistent academic engagement can help keep children in schools.
Cookware for the Boarders who live at the School
Previously, the nineteen JHS students who live in the boarding house at the school would have to wait for their families to bring them food, which only came periodically. With your help, however, these students now have the means to take matters into their own hands and cook food for themselves. “It is better now that we do not have to leave the school and borrow cookware to make our meals,” says one of the boarders. “Before it was difficult to both cook and study in the evenings, but now I can make my own jollof rice here at the boarding house.”
Lunch Money for at-risk children
Throughout the school year, teachers noticed that some of their students were struggling to pay attention in class due to hunger. It is clear that lack of food is a common reason why children may not succeed in school and may be put into forced labor situations. Determined to ensure that these hungry children receive an education, Challenging Heights School staff members, in partnership with the Child Sponsorship Committee, identified particularly at-risk students and provided them with a small stipend for lunch. This allows the children to pay better attention in class and make the grades to keep them in school.
New Classrooms for JHS 3
As our school continues to grow, it has become necessary to expand in order to properly meet the needs of our students. This term we have added a new class curriculum, JHS 3. With your help, we constructed two additional classrooms to support this new growth. The JHS 3 class completes our Junior High program, making Challenging Heights a full primary and junior high school. Our current junior high students can now remain at Challenging Heights all the way up until the time they must take the Basic Education Certificate Examination to move onto Senior High School.
Repaired Drums and Sound System for Cultural Club
Thanks to your generous donations, the students who take part in the Cultural Club can now practice and perform music with repaired drums and sound system. This month, the Cultural Club was able to perform for the school at the World Children’s Prize Global Vote to promote enthusiasm as students from all across Winneba came to Challenging Heights to cast their votes for the three nominees, including Challenging Heights Founder and President, James Kofi Annan. Clubs, such as this one, help children to gain the confidence and discipline necessary to succeed in school and achieve their ambitious goals for the future.
These interventions are only a few of the wonderful things going on at Challenging Heights School due to your generous donations. Thank you so much for your continued support! We can’t wait to begin even more projects to help keep these children in school and away from forced labor!