US Association for International Migration (USAIM)

The U.S. Association for International Migration (USAIM) is the nonprofit partner of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the United States. As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, USAIM seeks to empower migrants. Through outreach, education, and fundraising USAIM aims to raise awareness about the reality of migration while encouraging positive action. USAIM's Mission: To broaden public awareness To support programs that promote the humane and orderly migration of people To mobilize private sector resources To work in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support domestic and international programs benefiting migrants, displa...
Dec 20, 2012

Bright Hope for the Future at Last

A monitoring visit with Lizzy
A monitoring visit with Lizzy

“Whenever I recollect my rescue in 2008 by IOM, my heart gladdens because it is what has always given me the hope of achieving my dream of becoming a nurse’’ says Elizabeth.

Prior to her rescue by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2008, Elizabeth or Lizzy woke up early at 4:30am every day to sweep the house, fetch water, cook, clean and smoked fish amidst other domestic chores when she was back in Kete Krachi in the Northern part of the Volta Region of Ghana (where she was rescued by IOM). She was exploited for three and a half years before her rescue.

Lizzy is currently 17 years old and in her second year at the Junior High School level. She now resides in Ayetepah (a community within the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana). Even though Lizzy used to live with her mother, she recently relocated to her aunt’s home within the same neighborhood to prepare for her Junior High School final examination (Basic Education Certificate Examination). Unfortunately, her mother’s house is not connected to electricity and so she only studied in the afternoons. Relocating to her aunt’s home allows Lizzy to study at night in the year leading up to her exam. She acknowledges that her evening studies have already made an improvement in her academic work, which gives her more hope that the future will be bright.

‘’As much as I love my mum’s, I really want to achieve my dream of becoming a nurse, and this I have been told can only be achieved when I study hard and more so I know I can do it when I move to my aunt’s’’

In a year’s time Lizzy will be sitting forher BECE which will give her the opportunity to attend Senior High School for three years, should she be successful with her examination results. This will further lead to her entering a nursing training school to fulfill her nursing dreams.

Donors like you made it possible for Elizabeth’s life to change. Your continuous support has brought her this far and will spur her on to greater heights. We hope you will continue to support IOM Ghana's counter-trafficking project and help us to continue changing the lives of Ghana's child trafficking victims. We ask you to consider participating in Global Giving’s Holiday Campaign. For the entire month of December, 100% or up to USD 100 of each new recurring donation (those who sign up to donate for at least three months) will be matched by Global Giving.

On behalf of USAIM and IOM Ghana, and all the children and communities you have supported, we wish you a joyous and prosperous holiday season, and look forward to hearing from you in the New Year.

Lizzy, middle, at the children
Lizzy, middle, at the children's park
Happy Holidays from the children
Happy Holidays from the children
Oct 9, 2012

TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION

Mansah in class
Mansah in class

“Whenever I recollect my rescue in 2005 by IOM, my heart gladdens because it has made me realize my dream of going to school to enable me become an important personality in the future’’ says Mansah a reintegrated victim of exploitative labour a monitoring visit.

Back in Yeji (a community in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana), Mansah; a girl who is currently 18-years old, wakes up at 5am every day to sweep the house, fetch water, cook, clean and smoked fish amidst other domestic chores. The day continues with her having to go selling food stuffs and fish. While doing all these during the day, she only gets to enjoy food only once before she goes to bed. According to her, remembering all these experiences makes her cry because her ‘’Mistress’’ is a relative of her late mother and she was placed in her care after her mother passed away since she was the most trusted and eligible person in the family to do that.

Living currently in Mafi-Afalekpo; a community close to mafi-Atitekpo (a community in the Volta Region of Ghana) with her guardian, even though situations are not as perfect as Mansah expected, she sees it as a better alternative. She appreciates her current situation more because as much as her guardian has five children of her own, she does her best to provide her with all her basic needs.

Mansah who was exploited for five years before her rescue by the International Organization for Migration in 2005,  has always had the ambition to become be a nurse in the future.  She is currently in her final year at the Junior High School; should she pass her exams successfully, she will have the opportunity to enter into the Senior High School for three years after which she can enter into a nurses training school to fulfill her dreams.

Donors like you made it possible for Mansah’s life to change. Your continuous support has brought her this far and will spur her on to higher heights. We hope you will continue to support IOM Ghana's CT project and help us to continue to change the lives of Ghana's child trafficking victims.

Mansah in school
Mansah in school
Jul 16, 2012

REINTEGRATED TRAFFICKED CHILDREN PROGRESSED DESPITE THE ODDS

Never during a monitoring visit to his school
Never during a monitoring visit to his school

Never Awukudze, Samuel Amekuadi and Jonas Acquah were all trafficked to Yeji some years back by relatives. As part of different agreements signed by the relatives, the ‘Masters’ of these boys promised their relatives to enroll them in school, while they assist them in fishing after school, but that was not to be. Though these boys lived with different ‘Masters’ in Yeji, they all had similar treatments until IOM intervened and rescued them in the year 2004.

The three young gentlemen endured a lot while with their masters; from working more than 14 hours without rest a day to being fed once a day on an unbalanced meal. In addition to these, they were beaten and molested by their masters. It was emotionally traumatizing for them as they witnessed other children drowning in the process of diving under water to disentangle fishing nets stacked to tree stumps. During that time; they saw their dreams of being educated and becoming prominent people in the future shattered. They all hoped for a miracle to happen to change their situation, it did happen when IOM rescued them in the year 2004.

Never, Samuel and Jonas were all reintegrated with their families after their rescue. Never was reunited with his father and siblings in New Bakpa, Samuel with a relative in Sokpoe; both communities are in the Volta Region of Ghana. Jonas on the other hand was reunited with his father in Immuna; a community in the Central Region of Ghana. IOM placed them all in school

With the constant monitoring and support of IOM enabled by your generous donation, the three boys progressed through the primary school, the Junior Secondary school and finally the Senior Secondary school. They just wrote their final Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination and hope to make good grades to enable them proceed to the University. They have become role models to other children and living testimonies to the fact that when children are given the opportunity, they can make it to higher heights. While Never dreams of becoming a Pilot in future; Sammy and Jonas hopes to become a Medical Doctor and an Accountant respectively.

You have generously contributed towards the change in the lives children; given them hope and they will forever be grateful to you. Together I am sure, we can see them through the University if they make the grades.

Samuel talking to the media about his experience
Samuel talking to the media about his experience
Jonas in school during monitoring
Jonas in school during monitoring
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