Challenging Heights is celebrating our successes in 2010, having supported a record 1,195 children who are survivors of trafficking, slavery and the worst forms of child labour or are vulnerable to child labour and trafficking. We were able to highlight this achievement recently at our annual review conference.
Some of our achievements during the year were:
- Rescuing 15 children from slavery in fishing, and helping with the reintegration of 10 others.
- Helping achieve the first successful prosecution under Ghana's Human Trafficking Act (2005).
- Growing enrolment in Challenging Heights School to 435.
- Growing our Evening School enrolment to 100.
- Educating 500 girls and young women on child labour and trafficking, reproductive health rights and HIV/AIDs.
- Providing literacy and vocational education to 110 young adults.
- Reaching approximately 10,000 people through community awareness campaigns on child labour and trafficking.
Our programs have lead to a dramatic increase in awareness of the criminal nature of child trafficking. We can see the difference we're making in the increase in the number of cases reported to Challenging Heights and the police by members of the community.
Despite the great gains we've made, we continue to focus on our goal of ending the worst forms of child labour. We believe this is achievable, so while we can congratulate ourselves on the hard work we have done in a very successful year, we are also focused on continuing to grow and help more children in 2011. In 2011, we hope to increase our programs and reach a target of 1,350 children in need.
Challenging Heights is celebrating a fantastic start to 2011, with an increase in the number of children we support.
The 170 former child labourers and at risk children supported through GlobalGiving have gone back to school for the second term of the school year. We are even more excited about our achievements because this year we have been able to support an additional 30 children, bringing the total number of children supported to 200.
The past term has seen many improvements for the children at Challenging Heights School. The children have shown improved attendance and punctuality. Many have shown an improvement in grades on the previous year.
The children have also become more involved in the community with many participating in cultural activities such as dancing and drumming. Others have entered Challenging Heights’ community spelling bee where children from different communities compete against each other.
Challenging Heights wants to thank everyone who has used GlobalGiving to donate to its programs to help former child labourers. Because of your help we have been able to support some children in our school from grade one to grade six. The money you donated so far has helped more than 170 children since we launched on GlobalGiving in September. The children we are helping are some of the most vulnerable in Ghana. Their families lack the resources to send them to school and many have ended up in the worst forms of child labour. Thanks to you these students now have their school fees paid and have been supplied with school uniforms, sports materials and other school equipment. Challenging Heights is helping these children undergo the transformation from the trauma and injuries they’ve sustained in the worst forms of child labour to happy, confident children who are going to school for the first time. With your continued support, Challenging Heights will be able to help more children. We want to expand our programs to reach even more of the vulnerable children in the communities we work in. Please continue to support Challenging Height’s efforts to transform the lives of formal child labourers and vulnerable children in Ghana.